Paul Nii Odai Aryeetey, Administrative Executive, NDK Financial Services

Paul Nii Odai AryeeteyI am married with a lovely son and currently pursuing an online MBA programme at Roehampton University.

Career wise, I currently work as an administrative executive at NDK Financial Services Limited (“NDKFSL”). It is a non-bank financial Institution with a staff of round 120 people. My duties extend to two subsidiaries of NDKFSL which is stock market investment and real estates and property management.

My responsibilities include, but are not restricted to, the purchase, disbursement and management of items for NDK, responsibility for the management of all vehicles belonging to NDK and its drivers, contribution to and evaluation of the effective formulation of company policies and workers’ conditions of service

My thirst for knowledge coupled with the quest to keep challenging myself has been the hallmark of my successful career. The numerous training opportunities, the prospect of meeting like-minded industry experts and opportunity to keep abreast with current industry best practice keeps me excited about my job.

Upon completion of my senior high school education, my dilemma was to either follow the crowd and graduate with a conventional university diploma or to challenge the status quo and graduate with a diploma that will not only further equip me with the professional skills required for success but also a diploma that is internationally recognised.

I opted for the later and, although it wasn’t a walk through the park, I never looked back, it has truly been worth it.  Nights of burning the midnight oil, periods of self-denial and the moral and ethical lessons I learnt through all these phases have shaped me to become a better person. For me, I believe these are lessons I would never have learnt just inside the four walls of a classroom. A month’s internship program with one of the nation’s leading television stations further enhanced my appreciation of most of the principles and concepts I had learnt with ABE.

Upon completion of my ABE Diploma, I completed my National Youth Service for a year, as required by national law, as a librarian and physical education (PE) assistant at Holy Child Basic School in Tema. I later joined Fescum Services, a commodity distribution company, where I served as human resource and administrative assistant for a year. I then went onto Indian automobile company --Tata Africa Holdings as a human resource and administrative officer where I remained for 3 years.

My experience with Tata Africa Holdings provided me with a platform to test ABE theories in the real world, learn from my mistakes, engage industry experts and experience a wide spectrum of administrative cultures. My decision to go the ABE way has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. ABE’s curriculum has helped me think critically and equipped me with numerous skills for a lifetime of leadership. Now, I am able to explore connections between different information, separate the relevant from the irrelevant, question assumptions and analyze alternatives. These skills have not only provided me with a firm foundation to launch my career but also, I have been intellectually empowered to pursue my MBA. The transition and learning curve to my MBA has been gentle and smooth. Thanks to the rigorous educational I underwent during my ABE studies.

For anyone interested in being a part of the ABE family, my word of advice is to read the programme gradually. Ensure all concepts and principles are fully appreciated before registering for an exam. Again, prospective ABE candidates should ensure they make time for news and keep abreast with study tips. That’s the secret to sailing successfully through the programme!