She Aspires Presents: Dunola Oladapo

Image: Dunola meeting Prince Philip, Duke of Edingburgh

Image: Dunola meeting Prince Philip, Duke of Edingburgh

Dunola is a 22-year-old rising business woman with a 1st Class degree in BSc Economics from Royal Holloway University of London. Her credentials surpasses the average young woman as she is currently representing the United Kingdom in the 2017 G(irls) summit as a Global Ambassador, a FX trade support analyst at a leading global financial services firmMorgan Stanley and much more. She is passionate about increasing female labour force participation in her community and helping women get into the workforce. Dunola is definitely one to watch and we've had the privilege to catch up with her to ask her a few questions!


Explain your current occupation and advice for anyone wanting to get into this field.

Dunola: I am an FX trade support analyst at Morgan Stanley, London. It's a highly technical role that involves working on multiple platforms and ensuring trades flow properly from front office to back.

My advice for anyone wanting to get into Sales and Trading operations in a global firm is to build knowledge on different products and I would reach out to incumbent analysts to give you a comprehensive picture of the role in that particular firm.


What is still your biggest challenge and how do you overcome it?

Dunola: An interesting one is getting impatient at times. I have great visions and ideas and sometimes I get so engrossed in the finished product that it's almost frustrating when things are not happening exactly at the pace I envision them.

I now make a point of setting myself time-realistic goals and target. Prayers help too!


What is your daily routine as a young woman working in the city?

Dunola: I have recently moved back to Luton in order to launch my girls empowerment initiative so my day starts and ends with a relatively long commute to and from work. 

Besides my full time job, I am also a G(irls)20 global ambassador, a Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador and an #IWill fund leadership board member, so my day usually involves balancing various daily endeavors for different organisations. My planner/diary is so important to me as it helps me schedule and maximise my time.


What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

Dunola: I honestly do not have any professional regrets. We can all learn something from everything everyday. 


What’s the best advice you ever received?

Dunola: Just simply, "You can do it" - My mum (Toyin Oladapo)


What are your favourite books at the moment?

Dunola: I have actually started a summer book club on Whatsapp - We will be reading How Dare The Sun Rise, Ake and Madame President. I can't wait to read these! The first in particular because I love the writer Sandra and I recently had the privilege of meeting her. 


What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

Dunola: I want to be remembered as a person who always inspired positive changes, I want to be remembered as a bright light in the world. 


So, what’s next for you Dunola? 

Dunola: I will be launching my G(irls)20 post-summit initiate in Luton which will provide young women with coding lessons, representative mentorships and informative conferences. So watch this space!


Find her on:

Twitter- @Dunola_

Instagram- dunola_

Facebook- Dunola Oladapo





Jennifer Okolo

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