Blessing is a Student Experience Manager at The Open University, Faculty of Business, and he is currently a PhD researcher in Technology Enhanced Formative Assessments. Blessing’s career journey began when he completed his GCSE exams, he applied for over 40 jobs, but no one got back to him. This led Blessing to launch a commercial contract cleaning business.
After six months of trading, Essential Cleaning company employed six full-time employees and managed several cleaning contracts across Leeds, ranging from University student halls and law firms. After a few years of trading, Blessing sold the business for profit and invested some profits to launch a youth-led social enterprise, Bright Futures Enterprise. BFE delivered enterprise and employability programmes to over 100,000 young people in the UK.
During the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Bright Futures Enterprise launched a partnership youth event with Unltd where twenty young people were invited to one day Youth Entrepreneurship conference. The young people learned about starting a business, and they pitched their business idea for funding from Unltd. During the seven years, Bright Futures Enterprise worked with over 100,000 young people supporting them to develop enterprise and employability skills.
Blessing currently works at The Open University as a Student Experience Manager where he manages the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. He is passionate about technology and how educators can apply technology to enhance learning experiences. Blessing is a PhD student at the University of Bolton, where he researches the impact of Technology Enhanced Formative Assessments.