Alumni career journeys

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Noor Huda Ismail

Noor Huda Ismail

Founder, Institute for International Peace Building in Indonesia

PhD (Arts)

"I don’t like the fact that terrorism has been preying on humanity’s desire to belong. Therefore I decided to change it. When you do study here at Monash, you have a massive impact on society."

Persia Hill

Persia Hill

Marketing and Communication Manager

Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management

"I found the course co-ordinators are connected with industry and have knowledge and links into various organisations.The theoretical knowledge I gained in my degree directly relates to my day to day role, I find the marketing trends I learnt about in my degree I use on an everyday basis, and it really helps me with my marketing strategies."

Hazel Edwards OAM

Hazel Edwards OAM

Author

Bachelor of Arts

"Writing offered me versatility and I could continue to learn in different fields. I've collaborated with psychologists, directors, scientists, puppeteers and illustrators. I've had the opportunity to work in Antarctica. I've been a writer in residence at a former prison and in a mining community and a visiting author to schools in Indonesia and China."

Nikolaos Gkolfinopoulos

Nikolaos Gkolfinopoulos

Silk Road Project Specialist at UNWTO

Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management

"The potential of the tourism sector to engage stakeholders, generating benefits both economically and sociocultural, is immense. The knowledge gained through my Master’s highlighted to me how I want to contribute as a professional, helping me to develop my critical thinking and analytical skills."

Maryana Elizabet

Maryana Elizabet

Senior Manager Financial Planning Analysis, Traveloka

Master of Cultural and Creative Industries

"What I learned through academic writing is structural thinking. This skill applies in any job, including finance. In my current role, I need to be able to convey and deliver the right message and interpret numbers, graphs and diagrams. I learned these skills during my master’s degree and I really treasure them."

Abdul Basir

Abdul Basir

Health and Education Program Specialist

Master of International Development Practice

"I chose Monash because [it] is the most internationally exposed and diverse university in Australia. Second, the content of the course was designed in such a way which was practical – it was applicable to the field."

James Massola

James Massola

South-east Asia correspondent, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Bachelor of Arts, Master of International Relations

"I'll never forget the day Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals. I was covering the story from Canberra as a political reporter and immediately rang a couple of former Monash lecturers of mine. Neither had heard the news yet—it had become public about five minutes earlier—and neither of them quite believed me at first."

Karla Elkington

Karla Elkington

Ethical Sourcing Officer, Myer

Bachelor of Global Studies

"Ethical sourcing focuses on human rights, environmental impact, and social impact. We train and assist members within the organisation to improve their awareness of modern slavery risks and ensure that adequate processes and policies are in place to mitigate these risks. It feels good to educate people and get them thinking about an issue that they often think no longer exists."

Ewan Turner

Ewan Turner

Brand Protection Consultant

Bachelor of Arts

"We're not there to say good things about counterfeiters and there are very, very nasty cases with fake medicine and other really life-threatening products...But while you can talk about all counterfeiters as being this evil little guy, they are often businessmen facing supply and demand."

Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Director, Monash Gender and Family Prevention Centre

Bachelor of Arts (honours) & PhD

"Monash researcher Dr Kate Fitzgibbon was instrumental in providing evidence that led to reforming the laws that helped men who killed their female partners avoid a murder conviction."

Grace Kalac

Grace Kalac

Digital Content Officer, Richmond Football Club

Master of Journalism

"I interned a lot throughout my course and found that each opportunity led me to the next, through networking but also because of the skills I developed. Undertaking plenty of internships also allowed me to navigate which area of journalism suited me best."

Gene Flenady

Gene Flenady

Lecturer, Philosophy, Monash University

PhD (Arts)

"My advice to graduate students would be to do a PhD for its own sake, and for the person it allows you to be. Ideas aren’t an optional extra in our lives for those with the wherewithal to participate. Ideas are of fundamental importance to everyone."