Student Profile: Adenike Oyenuga

Adenike Oyenuga, a 2019 graduate of the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching program

"I love that organizational coaching approaches coaching from a holistic and systemic point of view. As an organizational coach, your focus is on how systems work individually and collectively."

Adenike Oyenuga, ACC, COC, is a graduate of the 2019 UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching program. She’s a performance development manager with an airline in the United Arab Emirates, and shared her experiences in the program with us.

What lead you to pursue the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching?

I manage a large team and I hold performance conversations with team members to set expectations and support individual and collective development. I needed a robust, varied and well-kitted communication toolbox for our conversations to be effective and have meaningful outcomes. I have found coaching to be an extremely helpful tool in navigating different conversations and harnessing the potential of my team.

Why did you choose an organizational coaching credential?

I love that organizational coaching approaches coaching from a holistic and systemic point of view. As an organizational coach, your focus is on how systems work individually and collectively.

Was the time, effort and money worth it?

It was worth it. Not only did I gain the skills I was looking for, but I also connected with a wider community of coaches. This was key to my understanding of being part of a whole, and working in a system. UBC has also provided opportunities for alumni coaches to participate in events and apply their coaching skills.

What surprised you about the program?

UBC’s commitment to the continuous support and development of alumni coaches is both good and unexpected.

Can you describe a recent coaching engagement?

I coached an acquaintance who lost her job during the pandemic. She was going through stressful times. Our long-term coaching engagement helped her gain self-awareness about limiting thoughts and behaviours that were impeding her progress. She found the intervention helpful.

What is your advice for someone considering this program?

The coaching program was intense. I had to deal with the huge difference in time zones, plus I work full-time. I was also taking another certificate course at the same time. Determination, time management and planning were key.

Learn more about the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching, an eight-month part-time International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) that leads to the Certified Organizational Coach credential. It’s the only program of its kind accredited by the ICF, and offers a path to a PCC or ACC credential.