Alexandra Loke

Alexandra Loke

Alexandra Loke

After finishing high school I knew Monash Business School was the best option for me.

I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I wanted to study somewhere that would give me the flexibility to choose and explore different options. I enrolled in a Commerce and Arts double degree, because it opened up a range of unit choices and study options. By studying a breadth of units I was able to widen my job scope and future possibilities. When entering university it's okay not to know exactly what you want to do. Even today, I am still tossing up between many different options.

I chose options that would give me the opportunity to have an international business career.  

At the end of 2014 I finished my Commerce and Arts degree with majors in Finance and Chinese. In the Banking and Finance industry many companies have strong connections with China or have many Chinese clients. My majors in Finance and Chinese complement. It is increasingly becoming more valuable and helpful to speak multiple languages.

Language and business go hand in hand.

I was fortunate to be able to study a language as part of my double degree. I'm fascinated by the formation of words and languages. Learning another language has also allowed me to interact with many international students. One of the best parts of university is definitely being able to maintain these good friendships in Australia and overseas. In my Commerce degree, I enjoyed looking at the international scope of businesses and how the world is interconnected.

Monash Business School gave me the opportunity to get a taste of what life would be like as an international business professional.

During one semester break I participated in an internship at CIMB Investment Bank in Malaysia. I joined the equity capital markets department and spent the summer gaining practical investment banking skills. The most interesting part of the program was learning how important marketing and pitching was to the investment department. During my internship I was mentored by my supervisors and was taught how to present to potential investors through different methods of marketing.

I took initiative to use my skills to give back to the community.

AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation impacting the world through leadership development experiences. I joined AIESEC and became part of a department called talent management. I was given the role as a recruitment officer during my term. I developed my own leadership skills and was able to apply skills I had learned at university. As a team we developed methods to create an effective work flow in order to reach deadlines. I also created a more efficient and accurate system to recruitment new members and to help others reach their career and future goals.