Alumni career journeys

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Carolyn Creswell

Carolyn Creswell

Founder of Australian brand Carman's Fine Foods

Bachelor of Arts

"That was the plan – to study really hard in my first year of arts then transfer to law in second year. I tried but it didn’t happen, which in hindsight is a great thing, as I think if I had gotten into law my parents would have made me give up muesli."

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly

Academic, writer, lawyer and broadcaster

PhD (Arts)

"[My PhD] has been a huge undertaking, but at the same time very important to me to finish. There is huge value in the advancement of knowledge and exploration of ideas both on an individual level and to society as a whole. I’m delighted to receive my PhD and to become an alumnus of Australia's largest university."

Sophie Dicker

Sophie Dicker

Financial Analyst, Accenture

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Global Studies

"As a financial analyst, my role involves working with multiple functions of Accenture, including solution architects and deal teams, to shape new consulting and outsourcing deals, and provide guidance of deal shape efficiencies and benefits for a diverse range of clients."

Lachlan Strahan

Lachlan Strahan

Ambassador for Solomon Islands

PhD (Arts)

"Dr Lachlan Strahan joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 1993 as a graduate trainee, and recently completed a three-month assignment as Australia’s Acting United Nations Ambassador in Geneva, managing Australia’s first session as a member of the Human Rights Council."

Sarah Abo

Sarah Abo

60 Minutes reporter

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

"The power of inspiration [is] to imagine yourself in the shoes of someone whose work is making a big difference and see that anything might be possible for yourself, too."

Sam Loni

Sam Loni

Director SDSN Youth, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

"My Monash Arts degree equipped me with the fundamental knowledge of international relations, political science, economics, and psychology, the combination of which has been critical for my success. In addition, the opportunity to connect with like-minded students and gain access to leading academics was incredible.""

H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith

H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Master of Arts in International Studies and Development

"A proud Monash graduate, Minister Kommasith credits Monash for teaching him an independent perspective, and giving him knowledge that has helped his ability to see things differently."

Cindy Gottinger

Cindy Gottinger

Google Marketing Lead, San Francisco, USA

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts

"I need to [communicate] the best of Google’s technology to the world and to the users... some of the technology we focus on is artificial intelligence and my work in product marketing is to know the user and understand the challenges that are being faced."

Joshua Cabaj

Joshua Cabaj

Business Development Manager, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts

"Without a doubt, you should have a go at undertaking a double degree. You’d be amazed at how two fields of study can complement each other, and the kinds of exposure to different experiences you can gain."

Wen Gu

Wen Gu

CEO, Australia China Business Council, Queensland Branch

Master of Communication and Media Studies

"Wen is the first Chinese national to hold the CEO position at the Australia China Business Council. Her professional experience spans a variety of industry sectors, both in Australia and China. Her keen interest to advance bilateral relations and connect businesses has seen her make a positive impact in the Australian and Chinese business communities."

Meg Panozzo

Meg Panozzo

Engineering Project Manager, Arup

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts

"Because of the Engineering and the Arts degree, I had this crazily wide set of possibilities available to me. In my mind, I was set on being an engineer, but I could have gone off and been a diplomat, or a translator, or an academic, or a politician. I could have been anything. I remember sitting there thinking how many options there were available to me."

Annika Smethurst

Annika Smethurst

News Corp national political editor

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

"Annika’s revelations about then Health Minister Sussan Ley’s Gold Coast travel demonstrated quality tabloid journalism at its best and most effective. Her dogged pursuit of the story resulted in a Cabinet minister resigning and the Prime Minister ordering a sweeping overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system."