Mrs. Anthonia Foluke Sawyerr, Managing partner of ALTS Consulting
UK Student Arrivals - Our recommendations!
Mrs. Anthonia Foluke Sawyerr is the Managing partner of ALTS Consulting, an education consulting firm that assists students to study abroad. In this interview with KEMI SOKOYA, she spoke about her firm’s functions and what it is all about.
What led you into this field of endeavour?
I am very passionate about helping young people realise their full potential, because it is very important to me that our young ones are guided and counseled properly, when choosing a career or school. I very much enjoy the time I spend with parents and their children, as it is really amazing to be part of somebody’s life story, especially on their journey to success. We don’t just work with children, we also work with young adults, as well as adults.
Tell us about your educational and work history
I studied English Language at the Lagos State University and then did my Masters at the University of Greenwich in the UK, where I read Computing and Information Systems. I have completed various courses in such other fields as project management and attended a lot of seminars on education and career counseling. I am also part of many different international groups on studying abroad. After, my graduation in 1989, I did my Youth Service in Kaduna, where I served at the National Primary Education Commission. It was at this time that I discovered my interest in education. Although, I worked in other areas, but my interest and passion for education have remained.
After completing my Master’s degree, I started a 10-year career at the Royal British Legion, a charitable organisation, where I worked as a programmer, project manager, and a trainer. I then joined KPMG in Dubai and worked as a project manager in the Advisory unit. All this while, I was freelancing as an education consultant any time I was free at no cost to parents that demanded my help. I was the ‘go-to’ mom on advice for school search for many of my friends, as well as other parents in my children’s schools.
What actually led to the creation of ALTS Consulting?
I relocated to Lagos because work moved my husband here, which meant exiting my role at KPMG in Dubai. There was the option of joining KPMG in Nigeria, but I felt I was done with business consulting. There was a strong calling to education...
First published in Guardian Newspaper NG - Saturday 28th October
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‘We want to ensure that students wanting to study abroad are doing it properly’
September is fast approaching!
For the students going to study in the UK, we at ALTS know that many of you are currently preparing to travel and settle down to begin the upcoming academic year. Here are some tips for students which we highly recommend for a hitch-free arrival and useful guidance during this time.
We are sure you will find these tips helpful and wish you all safe travels and the best of luck in the forthcoming year!
1. Complete your landing card
If you're from a country not in the EU or European Economic Area, please complete the landing card given to you during your flight before you arrive at border control.
2. Have your passport ready
Remove it from any cover, and remember to remove sunglasses and hats before reaching border control.
3. Keep information about the course you're studying in your hand luggage
This must be in paper copy (not an electronic copy on a tablet or phone). This includes your university confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number.
4. Keep recent bank statements and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage
Border force officers may ask to see this information
5. Expect border force officers to ask simple questions
Expect border force officers to ask simple questions about your stay in the UK when you arrive at passport control.
6. Do not bring any meat or dairy products from outside the European Union (EU)
There are restrictions on traditional medicines, food products such as fish, eggs and honey, and some fruit, vegetables and plants (including bulbs, seeds cut flowers and tree bark).
7. There are also restrictions about the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring to the UK
If you exceed your duty-free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.
8. Why not become a Registered Traveller?
If you plan on travelling in/out of the UK more than four times this year, why not become a registered traveller. Members do not fill in landing cards and are able to access ePassport gates. Find out more at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller
9. You must declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more
You must declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the EU.
10. Never give false or misleading information
Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents).
Please contact us for any further information.
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