The Art of Learning How to Learn
Oseyi Ikuenobe always knew he wanted to pursue a career in technology and computers, and he did just that starting out as a software engineer for Monsanto after earning a Bachelor of Science in computer science at Truman State University in 2005. He went on to earn his MBA at the University of California-Berkeley before joining @WalmartLabs, Walmart’s innovation team in Silicon Valley, as a product manager. He now serves as Senior Product Manager, Smart Forecasting & Channel Decisions at @WalmartLabs.
“Our sort of unspoken goal is to beat Amazon,” says Oseyi. “And that’s kind of the job I have, which is a really cool place to be from starting out as a freshman computer science student at Truman.”
While the courses he had Truman were not easy, Oseyi points out that the small-size classes provided an important advantage. His professors were able to give him more attention, and more importantly, they taught him a valuable skill — how to learn better.
His professors were able to give him more attention, and more importantly, they taught him a valuable skill — how to learn better.
“A liberal arts education gives you the ability to step away from what you’re doing and to say ‘what can I learn from anthropology, what can I learn from the social sciences, what can I learn from other completely different areas and how can I bring that to what I’m doing,'” says Oseyi. “That’s served me really well — the ability to be one of the few people in the room that can step back and say ‘that thing we saw yesterday isn’t exactly what you thought because there’s this angle that you hadn’t looked at.'”
Being able to think broadly with a problem-solving aptitude is what makes Truman graduates like Oseyi thrive in the complexities of an advanced, technical world.