Few individuals are inspiring and impactful in the dynamic world of entrepreneurship and career coaching. Still, Rukayat Alabi is a shining example of passion, dedication, and the unyielding pursuit of excellence. Rukayat, popularly known as “Ruky,” is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned Banking and Tech Professional. Her journey from the world of banking to becoming a serial entrepreneur and a beacon of hope for immigrants navigating the job market is a story worth celebrating.

As the founder and CEO of RKY Group of Companies, comprising RKY Careers, RKY Digital Solutions, and RKY Consulting Services Ltd, she has carved a niche for herself by passionately supporting migrants in navigating the job market, securing their dream positions, and achieving excellence in their careers. Let’s dive into her remarkable story.

The Multi-faceted Rukayat Alabi

At first glance, Rukayat may seem like an ordinary entrepreneur, but a closer look reveals a remarkable woman who effortlessly juggles multiple roles. Apart from being the driving force behind the RKY Group of Companies, she also holds a senior Finance Analyst position at a prominent bank in the heart of London. Amid her professional success, she proudly wears the hat of a loving mother to two adorable children. Rukayat’s life is a true embodiment of balance and achievement.

Rukayat’s Journey: A Fusion of Finance and Tech

Rukayat Alabi

Before venturing into career coaching and entrepreneurship, Rukayat Alabi had a successful career as a finance professional. She spent over eight years making her mark in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in Nigeria, gaining valuable insights and skills that would later prove invaluable in her entrepreneurial journey. Her financial understanding and passion for technology set the stage for her transition to the vibrant world of career coaching.

An Impressive Academic Background

Rukayat Alabi’s academic journey is as impressive as her professional one. She holds a BSc in Accounting from Crawford University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant. Her pursuit of knowledge didn’t end there; she obtained an MSc in Financial Technology from the University of Stirling in the UK. Her commitment to continuous learning and professional development reflects her dedication to excellence.

A Glimpse Into Rukayat Alabi’s Daily Routine

A typical workday in Rukayat’s life is a whirlwind of activity and purpose. Her mornings often kick off with strategizing sessions alongside her team leads, where they set clear goals for the day and week ahead. These meetings set the tone for a day filled with consultations, collaborations, and interactions with her clients and the dedicated trainers at RKY Careers. Each day is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of those seeking to excel in their careers.

Overcoming Challenges with Tenacity

In any field, challenges are inevitable, and Rukayat’s journey has been no exception. She identifies one of the most significant hurdles as ensuring that immigrants don’t settle for less in their job pursuits. She tackles a challenge head-on by providing the necessary support, training, and services through RKY Careers. Her determination to make a difference and the countless success stories that follow are her driving force.

 A Passion That Ignited RKY Careers

Rukayat’s journey into career coaching and entrepreneurship was ignited by a profound passion for supporting immigrants in navigating the global job market. Her brainchild, RKY Careers, is more than just a company—it’s a beacon of hope for countless individuals seeking fulfilling employment opportunities.

RKY Careers has extended its impact across borders, reaching immigrants in the UK, the US, Canada, and beyond. Rukayat’s unwavering dedication stems from the transformative effects she witnesses daily, as lives are changed, and possibilities become realities through the services and training provided.

Rukayat Alabi’s Remarkable Achievements and Milestones

A series of impressive achievements and milestones mark Rukayat’s career. One that particularly stands out is her recognition as the Ed-tech CEO of the year—an accolade that speaks volumes about the impact she and her team are making in the lives and careers of immigrants worldwide. With over 500 success stories and countless professionals positively impacted, she’s a true game-changer.

Exciting Projects on the Horizon

Looking forward, Rukayat and her team at RKY Careers are embarking on an exciting journey of expansion. They are bringing their renowned career support services and career and tech transition training to North America, specifically Canada and the United States. Registering their business in Canada is underway, and the United States is next on the horizon. This move promises to extend their transformative impact even further.

The Powerhouse of RKY Careers

Rukayat Alabi

To truly appreciate Rukayat Alabi’s impact, it’s essential to delve deeper into the incredible work being done at RKY Careers. The company projects Rukayat’s vision and commitment to supporting individuals in reaching their fullest potential. Here are some of what the company offers:

Comprehensive Career Support Services

Its comprehensive career support services are at the core of RKY Careers’ offerings. Whether you are an international student looking to land your first job in the UK or a seasoned professional seeking a career change, RKY Careers has tailored services to address your unique needs. These services cover everything from CV optimization and interview coaching to personalized career planning and development strategies.

Transformative Training Bootcamps

RKY Careers doesn’t just stop at providing services; it goes a step further with its transformative training bootcamps. These bootcamps are designed to equip individuals with in-demand skills and certifications that open doors to lucrative career opportunities. From Project Management to Business Analysis, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Data Analysis, and more, these bootcamps are a launchpad to success.

Personal Branding Expertise

Personal branding is crucial in today’s competitive job market, and RKY Careers excels in this arena. Rukayat and her team specialize in helping individuals craft compelling private brands that make them stand out to potential employers. They understand the nuances of creating a powerful online presence that attracts opportunities.

Visa Sponsorship Strategies

For international students and professionals seeking employment in the UK, visa sponsorship can be a challenging hurdle. RKY Careers provides invaluable guidance and strategies to navigate this complex process successfully. They have a track record of helping individuals secure employment that offers UK visa sponsorship, both within the UK and from their home countries.

Career Transition Support

Changing careers can be daunting, but RKY Careers simplifies the process. Their career transition expertise empowers individuals to shift seamlessly to new roles and industries. Whether transitioning to a tech career or pursuing a different field, RKY Careers has the tools and knowledge to make it happen.

Unparalleled Success Stories

The success stories that emerge from RKY Careers testify to their effectiveness. With over 500 success stories in 2022 alone, the impact is undeniable. These stories represent transformed lives, career clarity, promotions, and individuals gaining the skills to excel in their chosen fields. Her expertise has earned her multiple awards and invitations to speak at prestigious Tech Summits, Career Webinars, and Universities across the UK. Her insights are sought after by those looking to unlock the doors to career success.

The narrative of Rukayat Alabi’s life and career has a common thread—transformation. RKY Careers’ transformative impact on immigrants worldwide stems from the founder’s journey transitioning from finance to entrepreneurship and career coaching, driven by a core focus on change. Rukayat’s vision to empower individuals to excel in their careers and reach their fullest potential has made her a prominent figure in career coaching and entrepreneurship.

As she looks ahead to expanding RKY Careers into North America and beyond, there is no doubt that her influence will continue to grow. Rukayat Alabi and RKY Careers offer top-notch career support, training, and branding expertise to help individuals succeed. It doesn’t matter your background; RKY Careers has a way of helping you excel in the global job market.


Mrs. Florence Omolola Banji-Alabi who was born in Owo, Ondo State, was recently decorated as Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria (CIBN). She attended Lagos Anglican Girls’ Primary School, Surulere, Lagos and Imade College, Owo in Ondo State.  She attended the then Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo now (RUGIPO) for her National Diploma in Accountancy and obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State. She was an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria.

She did her youth service programme with the now defunct Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria in 1991, and also worked there for one year before joining Union Homes Plc, the mortgage arm of Union Bank Plc where she was until February 2008 when she moved to the then Oceanic Bank Plc for few years, before joining the family business as a director (Mortgage Services) in Banji Alabi and Co., a property development and financing firm. In this interview with GuardianWoman, she talked about the challenges in the banking sector and suggesting that core professionals should be allowed to run the sector.

What are your views on the banking sector?
Banking in Nigeria ordinarily is a good and thriving profession. However, looking at it critically, I am compelled to ask if we are truly practicing banking in Nigeria the way it is practised in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe, the U.S. and other genuinely developing countries. The real ethics and culture of banking is not here. The universal standard of how banking is run is clearly absent here.

If you go to some other countries, especially the United Kingdom, you would have walked past or driven past before you know that banks exist in a particular place. But here in Nigeria, it is the mansion or structure that is the bank and not the services. Here, you see a lot of fortune being invested in a building that is going to house a bank.Besides, the type of marketing practised abroad is different from what you have here in Nigeria. What is done there is e-marketing, not the kind where in Nigeria, ladies in mini-skirt and other provocative dresses are sent out to go and market. This strange marketing culture is made worse when these ladies are given unattainable targets. They also face harassment here and there. I think this is not how banking should be done.

Giving target is not the real problem. Target is good in the real sense of it, because target motivates to achieve results. The way targets are given and the kinds of targets that are given, the conditions attached to these targets and the way these girls go about pursuing these targets, leave much to be desired. I know of banks, but I don’t want to mention their names, where girls were told that if they don’t meet their targets, a sizeable percentage of their salaries would not be paid. So this makes most of these girls to throw away all forms of morality and decency to do anything to achieve their targets. This is what gave rise to the sudden indecent and provocative dressing that has now become the way of life of most of these marketing ladies.

What is the solution to this indecency?
I am of the view that the regulatory bodies must begin to intervene so that morality, etiquettes, social and national values are not sacrificed on the altar of crazy modern banking as some want to believe. But like I have said earlier, this is not how modern banking is done elsewhere, this is largely peculiar to Nigeria. These bodies must let bankers know that they have other binding responsibilities to their environment and the society at large. While I would not be calling for a particular dressing code, as it is the case today in some tertiary institutions in the country, at the same time, the well known decent and elegant dressing culture in the sector should be upheld. These bodies should also design a mechanism to detect, discourage and even sanction banks which give unattainable targets, of course, after failure to heed warnings.

Do you think the mortgage sector is fulfilling its role?
The problem with the mortgage sector is that while people want to obtain mortgage loans, the interest rate is too high. If you want a mortgage loan in Nigeria, I can categorically tell you that there is no bank that will offer you less than 26 per cent interest; that is high. A lot of people cannot afford to take a mortgage loan in Nigeria. If you go abroad, you will notice that the interest rate is very low. That is why they can afford it, and it is in different categories.

Abroad, there are mortgages of 20 to 30 years, but in Nigeria, it is not so. If you take mortgage loan in Nigeria, pray that you will be alive to pay up the loan. In other parts of the world, governments intervene in strategic and essential sectors like this. In such places, governments promote shelter, but in Nigeria, it is not so. In Nigeria, we are using short-term investment to finance long-term investment. Government should intervene and save the mortgage sector. That is the only way to guarantee shelter for most people in Nigeria.

What are your thoughts on the on-going reform in the banking sector?
Regulators and operators alike need to be sincere about the reforms they are putting in place. In the spirit of the reforms, we must ensure that the right person is put in the right place. For instance, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) came with a policy making it mandatory that some key positions in banks must be held only by professional bankers, but very sadly, this is not being enforced. So, if we want the reforms to impact very well on the system, then all these policies must be enforced. Professionals should be allowed to run the banking industry. Appointing people into key positions should not be on the basis of god-fatherism, or ability to mobilise certain funds for a bank. Before you know it, this group of people are pushed into the management, they now become management staff. If professional bankers were allowed to do the job, then banking would be what it is supposed to be.

How did you meet your husband?
My husband, Barrister Banji-Alabi and I grew up together at Owo. He is a very close friend of my elder brother, Mr. Dare Aruwajoye, and therefore a very regular face at our house in Owo. But at that time he never noticed me, maybe because I was very young then. After my ND programme, I was to do the compulsory industrial attachment, so my senior sister, Mrs. Bisi Anifowose, suggested that I should go and see Barrister Alabi who was then working at Guinness Nigeria Limited. When I got there, he was amazed that the little girl he used to know that time, that himself and my brother were sending around to buy drinks for their friends, is now a very big girl. He proposed to me and I was shocked as I always looked up to him with respect as a senior brother.

But one thing is that he was one of the best-dressed guys at that time in Owo and, therefore, was able to attract to himself a lot of admirers. He was simply the best-dressed person around and at every occasion that I met him, he stood out as the most sophisticated and most celebrated. He lives a life of celebration. He is an incurable optimist. He swept me off my feet and I fell for him despite initial protests from my senior brothers.

What’s your advice to young girls?
Please don’t give up on your dreams. I know too well the feelings of frustration one passes through in waiting times for a manifestation of a desired state or what is often referred to as a break in life. Many people continue to pass through this at various stages in life. What will you do? Will you abandon the desire and settle for a lesser portion, or would you decide to go for the real deal? I keep meeting people who “sell” their destiny and happiness for sometimes a temporary fulfillment. My advice is, don’t let go of your destiny once you’ve discovered it. Run away from married men; look for young guys with great potentials. Please do not sell your destiny and happiness for temporary fulfillment or monetary needs.

What is your take on women in development?
I think so far in Nigeria, it has been a deliberate policy that women must be carried along in everything, including politics. Although the level of women’s participation in politics is still low, in my own profession, banking, they have been very visible there, and nobody can take them for a ride any longer. We are, however, looking forward to ladies becoming governors and becoming president in Nigeria.

Interview by:  Ijeoma Thomas-Odia

For : Guardian