Adele Jones

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Why did you choose to study at Monash University?

"I focused on development in my Masters and PhD at Monash because I had just finished working in China and found courses that led on specifically. In particular, I was encouraged and had the freedom to develop along the lines of my own educational interest and passion. I did my Masters work in India and PhD research in Pakistan. I was fortunate enough for the first time in my tertiary studies to have real collegial contact with other PhD researchers – many of whom are still friends, even those in different countries. We were a small group at that time but rather close knit. Interpersonal support was great."

Highlights of your time at Monash University?

"I enjoyed every minute of my time at Monash. I would love another semester to refresh, recuperate, and learn from new people with new directions. My studies were great as I could work full time while studying and researching."

What aspect of the course has best prepared you for employment?

"The work I did at Monash was instrumental in the direction my life has taken. I now work internationally in 'development'. Since finishing in Afghanistan, I have worked principally for German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Africa and the Middle East, as senior advisor/manager in textbook and curriculum projects for education ministries. My favourite part of work has continued to be working with colleagues in countries to bring about changes and improvements in educational situations from their perspective."

Advice for future postgraduate students?

"I would advise recent graduates entering the workforce to enjoy learning through work; studies put experience in context."