Chidubem Ofokansi stands in front of Gator statues.

MSM Alumni Spotlight: Chidubem Ofokansi

Chidubem Ofokansi (MSM ’22) is a recent graduate from the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program. After earning his undergraduate degree in Political Science, Ofokansi shares how an education in business is benefitting his professional career.

Q: What is your background?

Ofokansi: “My name is Chidubem, though most know me as simply Chi, and I am a recent graduate from the MSM program. I completed my undergraduate degree at UF in Political Science with minors in Portuguese and Innovation. My hometown is Orlando, FL, which is also where I’m currently working.”

Q: Why did you decide to pursue the MSM program?

Ofokansi: “I joined the MSM program to become well-rounded. My education in political science has honed my critical thinking and analytical skills, while my MSM degree has provided me with a broad understanding of business operations and strategy. I believe that these two degrees from different disciplines enable me to approach business problems from a unique perspective, open up more job opportunities and help me contribute to a more diverse and well-rounded workplace.”

Q: As a non-business major, what were the challenges you faced in your graduate program?

Ofokansi: “As a non-business major, one of the challenges I faced at business school was the quantitative aspect of some of the courses, namely Finance, that I took. I completed research as an undergraduate and worked with statistical models and data, but the math in the MSM program is different from the math I did in my liberal arts degree. However, I overcame this by leaning into my peers for support, many of whom were eager to arrange study sessions to collaborate, and reaching out to my professors, who provided materials to complement my learning. By doing this, I was able to excel in the more challenging courses and gain the confidence and skills I needed for the workplace.”

Q: What was the most valuable aspect of the MSM program?

Ofokansi: “For me, the best part of the program was the ability to complete my studies online. I worked full-time while still excelling in my classes, which was only possible because of the flexibility the program offers. Additionally, the career support was incredibly helpful. From practice interviews to resume reviews to career counseling, I felt more than prepared to enter the workforce.”

Q: How did you prepare for the job market?

Ofokansi: “I prepared for the job market by extensively practicing interviewing. Thankfully, I was able to take advantage of the Warrington career support which not only prepared me, but also gave me the confidence to be successful.”

Q: What is your advice for non-business majors applying to the MSM program?

Ofokansi: “My advice for non-business majors applying to the MSM program is, don’t be afraid! Although you may come from a difference educational discipline, you’d be surprised how much of your past experiences and skills are transferable. Also, know what you’d like to do after graduating so you can tailor your electives accordingly.”

Q: Please share your current work experience.

Ofokansi: “Currently, I am working as an advisory associate at KPMG, where I have gained valuable experience in sales, market research and client relationship management. My education combined with my professional experience has also honed my analytical and problem-solving skills, which will be invaluable in the business world.”

Q: What is one interesting fact about you?

Ofokansi: “I’m a polyglot who can speak, read and write in five languages: English, Portuguese, Igbo, Spanish and French.”