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Welcome Address Professor Sharon Pickering 4 The Caulfield Art Society 6 About Us Monash Arts Alumni 10 The Value of an Arts Degree 12 Monash Arts BA 30 Monash Arts MA 38 Monash Arts PhD Monash Arts Club Spotlights 50 52 54 56 58 59

Esperanto Monash Music Students Society Mojo News Monash International Affairs Society The Society of Arts Students The Monash Japanese Club

Student Opportunities 62 Global Immersion Guarantee 64 Work Integrated Learning 66 Student Opportunities Career Connect 72 Career Connect Events 74 Resumes & Cover Letters 76 Example Job Application 80 How to Navigate and Utilise LinkedIn Acknowledgements 82 Contributors


4 Welcome Address

Professor Sharon Pickering

WELCOME ADDRESS Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University

This Arts Careers Book embodies the very essence of Sir John Monash’s spirit of service.

‘Adopt as your

fundamental creed that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community.’ - Sir John Monash

Created by our Caulfield Arts Society students, this book is a testament to their creativity, innovation and commitment to serve others. I thank our alumni and Monash colleagues who have contributed their invaluable time, advice and ideas to the production of this book, and commend Tayla Peacock and Andrew Gregory for their outstanding leadership as Editors. This handbook captures the breath of career resources available to Monash Arts students, from Monash Connect to Work Integrated Learning. It’s jam-packed with key information, tips for job seeking success, and testimonials

Welcome Address

Professor Sharon Pickering

from our incredible alumni. Most importantly, it powerfully illustrates the impact our Monash Arts graduates have on their communities, countries and the world. As a Monash Arts student, you are part of a dynamic community of academics, partners, staff, friends, supporters and more than 75,000 alumni spanning over 130 countries. Our graduates actively question the answers, using their knowledge skills and experience to create positive change at local, national and global levels. Our success as a faculty is reflected in the generosity of our graduates, who return to Monash Arts to give their time and expertise as guest speakers, mentors and members of our faculty Advisory Board. I am


deeply grateful to the alumni who have shared their personal stories and invaluable study and career advice to this student-led project. In this book, you will discover the stories behind some of our most prominent alumni, including their dreams, hopes, struggles and successes as they studied, interned and travelled abroad. You’ll also discover how they took advantage of Monash Arts’ resources to launch their professional futures. I know this inspiring Careers Book will serve you well as you begin your own journey towards a meaningful career. Warm regards,

The Caulfield Arts Society About Us: The Caulfield Arts Society (CAS) is a studentrun club at Monash University. Although we primarily focus on students who study the Arts, our club and committee members study a whole range of disciplines from Business through to Science. Our primary purpose is to provide students with the best experience possible at Monash by creating fun, inclusive, and professional events that help students to make friends, get the most out of what University life has to offer, and ultimately enjoy their time and studies at Monash. As the largest social club on the Caulfield Campus, we have expanded our focus to include charity and professional events alongside our usual social events including trivia nights, camps and . From all of us at CAS, we hope you enjoy this book and would love to hear any of your feedback.

Message from the Editors: On behalf of the 2020 executive team at CAS, we are thrilled to present to you the first ever edition of our Arts Careers Book. This Careers Book features a number of prominent and internationally-acclaimed alumni who have pursued unique and interesting careers; and have utilised their Monash Arts degrees to facilitate change in their local and global communities. This book contains information on the numerous ways you can get involved at Monash. From boosting your employability, and gaining practical experience, to taking advantage of the plethora of opportunities the University provides. Being given the opportunity to interview and engage with changemakers has not only been an incredibly inspiring and invaluable experience but also reassuring. These Alumni started off as everyday students such as ourselves and have really made something of their Arts degrees. This book has been such an amazing and rewarding experience, and we couldn’t have done it without the support from staff in the Arts Faculty and Career Connect. As your fellow Arts students at Monash, we hope you find this Careers Book inspiring and informative. We wish you the best of luck in your studies at Monash and in pursuing your future careers. 6 About Us

Caulfield Arts Society

A Message From The President, Bella Oates During my time at Monash, I’ve had the opportunity to see CAS grow and flourish. From my first year now to my third, I’ve seen the committee become a family. The committee is what embodies the whole of CAS, being just the most incredible people full of enthusiasm, energy, friendliness, and inclusiveness. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to spend my time at uni with, all of whom brightened my life for the past three years. I feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to be so involved with the club, and been able to lead a new generation of students who I know will go on to achieve amazing things. That is really the essence of CAS: it’s about showing an interest in the people around you, making everyone feel comfortable and welcome, and offering a judgement-free space. Unfortunately, this year has proven to be a difficult time to achieve this with the newbies at Monash, as we haven’t had our usual camp, bar crawl, house party or trivia night to get to know everyone. We haven’t had our lively stalls around campus selling baked treats and second-hand clothes. Nor have we been blasting music, and having a boogie on the Caulfield Green. And we haven’t had our bar hangs, taco nights, and casual catch-ups with whoever wants to join. Being deprived of these things has really made me realise how important they are to my life and my university experience, and I can imagine many feel the same. Saying this, we have managed to do the best we can this year with what we have, managing to meet a great new lot of fresh faces through a virtual trivia night and creating a hub for arts first years in a CAS Facebook group we’ve created. The most exciting thing we’ve been able to put our energy into, something a bit different for CAS, is this book! The professional sector is something CAS has never truly explored before and we felt that this year was the time to expand CAS to not only provide students with support socially but professionally, too. This book is the start of many new and exciting projects to come and we’re so excited to take everyone along for the journey.

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Monash Arts Alumni

Contents Arts Alumni

The Value of an Arts Degree 10

Research from Deloitte




Stephanie Chen


Joshua Cabaj


Ghadeer El-Khub


Milli Allan


Carolyn Creswell


The Hon Kevin Bell


Sam Loni

Monash Arts BA Audio Producer, News Corp Australia Digital Co-Director, Democracy in Colour Business Development Manager, Austrade Associate Director- Social Media, Ogilvy Adviser, Australian Mission to the United States Founder of Carman’s Fine Foods. President, Forensic Leave Panel Program Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Monash Arts MA 32 David Teller

Director, Transport Development, Victorian Govenment


Vijay Paul


Sue Noble

Communications Officer & Content Designer, Monash General Manager Carers’ Voice and Capacity, Carers Victoria

Monash Arts PhD 38

The Hon Dr Sharman Stone


Dr. Noor Huda


Dr Ahmad Sarmast


Dr. Bodean Hedward

Professor of Practice, Gender Peace and Security, Monash University. Founder, Institute for International Peace Building in Indonesia Professor, Politics and International Relations, Monash. Manager, Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash


The Value of an Arts Degree Research from Deloitte ‘The value of Humanities-educated individuals is more than the money they make and the goods and services they produce. It is about the problems they help solve and the way in which they interact with the wider world. Some of the big public policy challenges facing Australia—‘wicked’ problems such as climate change, obesity, and indigenous disadvantage—require innovative solutions. These solutions are likely to be developed by multidisciplinary teams that understand human behaviour and can connect with people. Humanities graduates play important roles in these teams.’ 1 ‘Humanities degrees involve many technical skills including quantitative analysis skills, policy development, software use and foreign language skills. In addition, transferable skills, which have at their core the ability to solve complex problems by taking a flexible and adaptable approach, have become widely acknowledged as important in’ driving business success.’ 1

Subject Area Communications


Technical Skils Public realtions and promotional skills Media production techniques Social research experience and policy development Involvement in fora such as the Crime and Justice Research Network


Interpretation and evaluation of historical and specific, contextual evidence Scientific and historical research skills

International Relations

Interpretation and evaluation of historical and specific, contextual evidence Scientific and historical research skills


Diplomacy skills Context-specific cultural knowledge


Legal research, advocacy and writing Law reform and policy

Political Science

Political research methodologies Policy evaluative techniques


Capability in applying philosophical concepts, distinctons and methods to address these problems

Source: Deloitte Access Economics (2018) compiled from various university handbooks

‘Transferable skills form the basis of a Humanities education, with surveys finding that both undergraduates and postgraduates tended to be more confident in their analytic and written communication skills relative to those in other fields of education. Surveys of employers echoed these findings, with Humanities-educated individuals exhibiting superior transferable skills in terms of collaboration and overall employability.’ 1 Figure 2-2: The transferrable skills gap in the labour market

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Communication


Digital skills

Problem Solving



Skill gap

Source: Deloitte Access Economics (2017), ‘Soft skills for business success’, DeakinCo.

10 Arts Statistics

Research from Deloitte

Critical Thinking

Figure 2-2 illustrates the demand, perceived supply and resultant skill gap of transferable skills in the market after analysis of data from job matching tool Workible. Employers identified the greatest skills gaps in the labour market as skills in communication, problem solving and critical thinking. 1

Figure 2-1: Typologies of transferrable skills

Source: Deloitte Access Economics (2018), Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (2016), Department of Education, Science and Training (2002), OECD (2014)

The OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies identified workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. In addition to job specific skills, it identifies that non-technical skills lead to higher wages, greater likelihood of employment, as well as increased levels of job satisfaction. 1 Changes in the labour market are making these skills more important over time – the share of the workforce with transferable-skill-intensive employment is forecast to increase from 53% in 2000 to 63% in 2030. 1

Figure 2-3: Transferrable-skill-intensive employment as a share of the workforce, 2000 till 203 Source: Deloitte Access Economics (2017), ‘Soft skills for business success’, DeakinCo. 1. ‘Value of Humanities | Deloitte Australia | Deloitte Access Economics Report, Higher Education’, Deloitte Australia, October 2018, https://www2.

Arts Statistics

Research from Deloitte


12 Alumni Spotlight

Andrea Thiss-Evensen

Andrea Thiis-Evensen

What did you set out to achieve at the start of your degree? I wanted to study as much as I could to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. This is why minors are so brilliant, through studying sociology and anthropology I learned what kind of journalist I wish to be. I started off studying media and human ethics and then ventured over to sociology and anthropology, and ended up studying philosophy, and all of these units have helped me understand what I wish to do with my life, all in different ways. I think my advice would be to try different things and take something with you from each unit. Don’t get too comfortable. How did you go about achieving it? How did you utilize your degree?

Audio Producer, News Corp Australia

“See how your degree

can make a change for those without a voice ” The Lone Soldier Published 1 Aug 2020

Image: Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Melbourne women claim they are being targeted by fake rideshare drivers Published 20 Sep 2019

‘It was the worst day of our lives‘: Bereaved parents say we must talk about youth suicide Published 10 Oct 2019

When I started studying at Monash I became the first radio editor for the student publication MOJO News, so my goal was to train others in how to make radio. I started my own podcast called Peace and Gender in collaboration with the Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre which explored issues facing women in today’s society. I interviewed different incredible women each week, who spend their lives trying to help others. I decided to work on two stories a year on a topic that I was interested in, topics that are often seen as a taboo, that we need to talk about. These stories ended up including sexual harassment, assault, suicide, cancer, racism and sustainability. I used my classes and my time with MOJO to make that happen. What opportunities at Monash did you take advantage of to get to where you are? The main opportunities were my internships, which are the reason I got a foot in the industry, to begin with. I did seven internships during my last two years of uni and made connections during those internships that have made it possible for me to work in Australia after my degree. It was hard at times, juggling internships with uni and work, but at the end of the day, it was so worth it.

Recent Graduate Arts BA


What advice can you give to current arts students who want to make a tangible change?

Something that makes you happy, because it might take a long time until you get the job you want.

I think the only proper answer to this is that if you want to make a change, you need to start taking action. If there is a thing that bothers you, and there should be something considering the world we live in, start by talking to people. See how your degree can make a change for those without a voice.

What words of wisdom would you give to first-year arts students now?

Find a cause you care about and then make small goals for yourself to begin with. Even if that is just to talk to someone who is struggling. Then, start creating ways and ideas of helping them. By using your voice and your degree on their behalf. Our degree is not just a piece of paper. It is a pathway to figure out what you want to do with the life you have. What have you learned about heading into the workforce and how to achieve what you wish for since being away from university? I have learned that you should use the chances you get at Monash and remember the people you study with. One day they might be your boss, so connecting with people at university is incredibly important and also, getting into the workforce can be very hard, especially in the times we are in. After university, find something else other than just work.

Career Pathway News Corp Australia Audio Producer Full-time September 2020 - Present Radio Producer Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Part-time November 2019 - Present Freelance Podcast Producer Herald Sun September 2019 - Present

Talk to people! In your tutorials but also in your lectures! And I understand this might not be possible for a while, I don’t know when university will go back to normal, so you need to be creative. Look after your peers in the next few years, and have a goal to talk to a stranger each week and ask them how they are doing. Trust me. It sounds so cliché but you have the power to change the entire week or month of one of your classmates. Also, please look after yourselves. Remember that studying is very hard and sometimes draining. Take care of your mental health, talk to a therapist once a month. You don’t need a huge issue to have taken place, everyone should talk to someone once in a while, don’t be embarrassed about that, we all do it. And - have fun. When we can again of course, but until then, find new and creative ways of connecting with people at uni, and please use the resources - there for you, such as CAS. They will help you find new friends, trust me.

Internship/ Volunteer Experience Mojo News Editor Jan 2019 - Dec 2019 Radio Editor February 2019 - Jan 2019 2yrs Intern Geelong Advertiser Jun 2019 1 mo Intern Special Bradcasting Service Mar 2019 1 mo Podcast Intern Herald Sun November 2018 1 mo

Education Bachelor of Arts Journalism, Sociology & Anthropology Graduated 2019

Intern Seven Network July 2018- August 2018 2 mo

14 Alumni Spotlight Stephanie Chen

Career Overview Description:

Stephanie Chen

Stephanie Chen is an award-winning Journalist and Digital Co-Director at Democracy in Colour. She has reported on a wide range of issues in her experiences with the ABC, The Age and in her role as the International Communications and Multimedia Manager at Planet Indonesia. What does your current role with Democracy in Colour involve? I am volunteering with democracy in Colour as the digital co-director. It involves focusing on systemic racial injustice issues. My role in the organisation is to help strategise the digital content, the digital campaigning, fundraising, emails, and all the digital strategies and implementation of those strategies. The organisation was behind Pauline Hanson and Sam Newman getting kicked off air and they did so by setting up the petitions etc. They also set up Wage subsidy for all which is campaigning to get wage subsidy for every single person living in Australia, including people on working visas. What was involved with your role with Planet Indonesia? Was it similar? I would say they are very related. The degree that I did gave really interchangeable, interdisciplinary skills which I believe are needed in every role.

Digital Co-Director, Democracy in Colour

“Be fearless of anything - fearless of rejection, fearless of success ”

My role at Planet Indonesia was a little bit more practical. Writing articles, press releases, video making, NGO content as well as the strategizing, fundraising and campaigning. There were only so many people on the communications team and that was all the resources we had, so we had to do a lot of different jobs. Whereas with Democracy in Colour, it’s also very hands-on, very practical. Working in NGOs, it’s very hands-on, you have to be prepared to take on any task that someone else might not be able to do. But we also have a lot more people working as well. What skills were required to work in an international role with Planet Indonesia? What was the work like?

Recent Graduate Arts BA

I lived in Pontianak for a year and a half, and every month I would spend about a week in the field. We worked across three different districts in the state of West Kalimantan. Some of the villages in those districts were coastal or inside forests and Protected Areas.There were three districts – there was the river district and two forest districts. [When I created the video on the helmeted hornbill] That was probably my second or third field trip. We stayed in the Borneo rain forest camping for five days, camping. Usually when you’re in the field you will stay in villages with families or you’ll be camping’. I would go into the field about a week out of a month to collect the content and gather information about what was going on with the conservation work. And then I would go back to the office and process everything. That process would repeat month and month. What advice would you give in regard to the job application process? I would say don’t be afraid to apply for anything and everything, and don’t be afraid to get rejected because obviously you will get rejected quite a lot. If you get a position that you feel isn’t the best fit for you, don’t be afraid to say no and look for something that sounds and feels right, because that is what will give you the motivation to push harder to get to where you want to be and do what you want to do. While you’re in university – try your best to volunteer and do internships. That was something I only really caught on in my last year. While you’re at university you have the freedom to learn what works, be innovative and make mistakes, because there’s a lot less pressure when you’re still a student or volunteering. For some more than others it will be gruelling but try your best to work smarter not just harder. For e.g. I convinced my casual retail position to let me work Sundays so I could balance staying financially afloat with free volunteer and internship work. That way once you’re out, you already have enough work experience to be confident in the job that you’re taking.


Also stay in touch with your professors. In my Democracy in Colour role I actually ended asking one of my professors, Professor Chris Nash, if he knew any NGOs within Australia and he linked me with someone who linked me with someone and that’s how I got the role with Democracy in Colour. How did your University experience prepare you for working internationally? Yes, at the very least, it gave me the confidence to take international job opportunities. I’m a big fan of the arts degree and one of the reasons is because it forces you to critically think about what you’re doing and how your skills can contribute to the world. Sometimes that means you don’t have a place in a certain situation, but you could take on a supporting role for demographics who should be leading that movement. For me, the arts degree and my international internships taught me to step back and listen before speaking and before acting. From my perspective working in an international NGO, there’s a bit of a revolution happening in terms of how these NGOs are conducting international work. I think having an understanding of the complexities in international work is really important and will help you set up a really strong career. What skills did your arts degree give you? I would say that critical thinking is a big one I know that a lot of people say that word and it kind of loses its meaning’. ‘The world is a complicated place and if you actually want to make positive change, sometimes the actions that you take need to consider those complexities, otherwise you’re going to make not such positive change and add to the problem. The arts degree gives you the ability to look at the facts and deduce a solution. The other thing is it prepares you really well academically. What freelance work are you currently doing?

16 Alumni Spotlight Stephanie Chen

At the moment I’m freelancing for a documentary in the US and helping with their social media. That came about through networking with conservation film makers in Indonesia. I came across this American documentary maker who offered me to work on this documentary with him. It’s about the Appalachian expanse of Wilderness in America, it encompasses Ohio, West Virginia and a few other states. At the moment they are in the process of trying to build a petro-chemical complex to store petrochemical waste and they pump stuff through these natural forests, which endangers human communities as well as wildlife. Did you complete any internships at your time at Monash? I wasn’t doing a very good job of getting internships initially - I wasn’t sure what forms to fill out etc and so I sucked up my pride and asked my tutors for help. I said “I’m not getting in any internships .Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong and how can I improve?”. That was how I started getting internships through Monash. I had to nag my tutors to the point where they didn’t want to respond to me

Career Pathway

anymore but that’s the kind of perseverance and level of embarrassment you have to go through to get these sort of things. Any other advice? Be patient. I had a massive meltdown when I was in my first year of my arts degree. I was just listening to everyone saying arts degrees can’t get you jobs, I freaked out and had a total melt-down and I let my grades drop. Just be patient and trust your gut that you know what you want to do and even if you make a mistake you can start over 100 times. The uncertainty never stops its a roller-coaster. I’m still understanding everything. Just enjoy the ride and take on every practical opportunity you can and meet as many people as you can. Make use of the resources that are available and don’t be embarrassed or shy to ask for help because no one’s going to judge you. Be fearless of anything - fearless of rejection, fearless of success. If you do get a lead, chase it down, because no one is going to do it for you. Reach out to the people you want to reach out to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Internship/ Volunteer Experience

Democracy in Colour Digital Co-Director July 2020 - Present 3 mos Freelance Podcast Producer June 2020 - July 2020 2 mos

Journalism Intern The Age May 2017 - June 2017 2 mos

Journalism Intern Channel 10 Juan 2017 1 mo

Planet Indonesia International Communications and Multimedia Manager March 2019 - January 11 mos Communications and Outreach Consultant September 2018 - February 2019 6 mos

Journalism Intern Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Nov 2016 1 mo

Alumni Communications Coordinator Monash University November 2017- September 2018 11 mo

Journalism Intern News Corp Australia July 2016 1 mo

Education Journalist Engineers Without Borders Australia January 2017 - Febuary 2017 2 mos

Bachelor of Arts Journalism Graduated 2018

Recent Graduate Arts BA

Publications: Efforts to protect the coveted Helmeted Hornbill and its habitat grow Published 9 of January 2020

Protecting a family of Helmeted Hornbills Published 9 of December 2018

New Hope For One of the World’s Rarest Birds Published 26 of November 2018

From remote Afghanistan to a Master of International Development Practice: Monash alumnus Abdul Basir Published 1 of May 2018

The art of cricket bat making in India By Hareem Khan & Stephanie Chen Published 8 of March 2018

The journey towards a cashless society: India’s demonetisation explained Published 15 of March 2017


18 Alumni Spotlight Joshua Cabaj

Career Overview Joshua Cabaj is currently working as a Business Development Manager at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in Osaka, Japan. He has been key to improving Australia’s trade relationship with Japan and promoting Australia as a desirable trading partner.

Joshua Cabaj

What do you think is the value of an arts degree in business? How has an arts degree prepared you for a career in business? I think there is a general misunderstanding and consensus around studying the Arts in that it is more academic than practical but based on my experience of doing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce I think that there are a lot of transferable skills to the workplace especially in business. I think one of the big advantages of doing an Arts degree is that it is one of the most diverse degrees out there and the ultimate value you can gain is quite limitless with lots of flexibility based on your interests in comparison to maybe a business or commerce degree where a lot of the subjects are concrete.

Business Development Manager, Austrade

“It is really important to

come out of your comfort zone and to just try everything

From my experience my Arts degree focussed a lot on logical thinking through using a lot of different academic resources and through that coming up with your own ideas and opinions. I think is a really important aspect in any career. By having a clear goal driven mindset and backing this up with evidence on how to reach it is really crucial. I think an Arts degree provides this and it’s a really important foundation. What is your role in the australian consulate general in osaka? My role is more working with the business side of the consulate where Austrade plays a vital role in promoting Australia as an attractive trading partner or investment destination with the final objective to stimulate the Australian economy and lead to job creation. At Austrade in Osaka my role is an Investment Analyst where I conduct deep research and analysis into several key sectors in Australia that are likely to grow in the future and we look at how Australian and Japanese businesses can collaborate on projects to grow key market sectors.

Recent Graduate Arts BA

A particular area that I am working on right now is the circular economy which is how to be environmentally friendly and sustainable and is a really big drive at the moment in Australia. A lot of my projects have been looking at how Japanese technologies can enter the Australian market for example in waste management. We’ve learnt that there is a lot of opportunity there where potentially Japanese companies who are really advanced in their recycling or in their technologies to reduce their greenhouse gasses can be utilised in the Australian market. Did you have a career plan? I was always interested in business but I wasn’t really sure what part of the business I was interested in as it’s quite a broad area so it was quite difficult to find a particular area that I wanted to pursue in the future. I think through having the opportunity to attend the seminars with Japanese professionals as well the external seminars by Japanese companies really provided the basis of what’s available and needed in the market right now. Working for the public sector was something I never really expected since I first started as an intern for PwC which is in the private sector so I thought my career would develop in that area as a consultant. The overall goal was to work in Australia and Japan which has always been my final objective, but I wasn’t really sure what industries or jobs would do that. What sort of change have you set out to make in your industry or to the wider community? A big one I am looking at is in the circular economy area. It has been a big issue in Australia in all of the states where household

Career Pathway Business Development Manager Australian Trade and Investment Commission January 2020- Present 9 mos Trainee Global Mobility Tax PwC Australia August 2017- Febuary 2018 11 mos Clients & Markets Management PwC Japan June 2016- July 2017 1 yr 2 mos VCE Mock Oral Exam Instructor Japanese Language Teachers’Association of Victoria July 2013- June 2016 3 yrs Show 5 more experiences


waste is not utilised very well. Many of this waste goes directly to the land field where it produces methane which has detrimental impacts to the environment. Australia on its own is lagging on regulatory matters and in the law, I think one of the solutions is to bring along Japanese companies or investors who are experts in this area and can make a big difference by introducing highly efficient recycling systems and highly efficient incineration systems where you can utilise that waste well. We can reconsider waste as not just rubbish but as an asset- this is a big area I want to focus on in the area and make a big change if I can. What sort of advice would you give to students who want to embark on a similar career? I think a really important part of developing your early career pathway is to join a lot of those networking events, that was one of the big aspects that I focussed on during my time at Monash. Through those networking events you not only meet professionals, but also like-minded students and it really opens up connections and broadens your overall network. As a student, especially in my first and second year, I was really shy and thought networking events were not really useful but in my later years as I attended more networking events and external seminars I was able to meet professionals who were really interested in what I was doing and supportive so having a chat to them was a really good way to start thinking about my career after university. It is really important to come out of your comfort zone and to just try everything as you never know where that could lead to in the future!

Education Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce Japanese Studies & International Relations Finance & Economics Graduated 2018 University of Tsukaba Study Abroad Program, Japanese Studies, Economics, International relations, Politics, Management 2016-2017 Show 3 more experiences

Volunteer Experience Member Monash Japanese Club Show 3 more experiences

20 Alumni Spotlight Ghadeer El-Khub

Career Overview:

Ghadeer El-Khub

Ghadeer is a Bachelor of Journalism graduate, undertaking several internships while at university such as with The Age and Nova FM. After university she moved to Sydney where she became Social Media & PR Manager at Filtered Media. Her innovative work at Filtered Media won her the 2017 Mumbrella Marketing Award for Best Digital PR Talent of the Year. This achievement saw her get head hunted by Ogilvy, a leading global advertising agency in Dubai, where she has been working for over 3 years as their Associate Director of Social Media. What has been your career journey since graduating from Monash? My career journey started while at Monash University, undertaking several internships across Fairfax Media, Bauer Media, Pacific Magazines and Nova Entertainment. Following graduation, I stayed on as a lifestyle and beauty writer for Couturing - a Melbourne based digital magazine, before moving to Sydney to pursue the role of Social Media & PR Manager at Filtered Media - a brand storytelling agency. I worked hard at Filtered Media and had my finger on the pulse of everything social,- naturally leading our clients to many successful activations and campaigns. After winning the 2017 Mumbrella Marketing Award for Best Digital PR Talent of the Year, I accepted an offer to join Ogilvy - a global advertising agency in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Associate Director- Social Media, Ogilvy

“Be passionate and

make a plan to achieve what you set out to ”

What does your current role with Ogilvy involve? I’ve been working with Ogilvy UAE for over 3 years now on numerous industries including tourism, telecom, events, automotive and oil & gas. I work alongside the creative and planning team to deliver social-first campaigns that make our brands matter. What skills did you learn during your Arts degree that you apply in this role/your career in general? The Arts degree at Monash University has taught me so many skills which have come in handy in my current field. Luckily for me, when I undertook my journalism studies, the industry saw a shift to digital communication

Recent Graduate Arts BA

and consumer-first content creation which allowed me to learn the ropes across audience insights, copywriting, filming, editing and publishing. My studies in the Digital Journalism and Video Journalism units have allowed me to understand what goes into content production and how to create emotional storytelling, utilising my journalistic skills. What is the value in taking internship opportunities for Arts students? What were the most valuable lessons you learnt in your multiple internships? Internships are a game-changer. They had immense value to my learning and upskilled me to take on the real world of publishing after graduating. I believe it is imperative for students to undertake internships, and as many as possible to grab hands-on experience in vast industries before completing their studies. I was able to complete upwards of 13 internships across my 3-year degree with support from the university in flexible online learning when I wasn’t able to be in the tutorials. The most valuable lessons internships taught me is how to be agile in a fast-moving environment. Breaking news stories, shifting a direction in communication and learning how consumers are feeling right NOW was obtained through my placements at Pacific Magazines and Bauer Media. I can honestly say that everything I know today has stemmed somewhere back to an internship I took because there were so many people along the way that I was able to learn from. Having completed so many internships during your time at university, what advice do you have on how to find internships? Now with social media I think finding an internship and contacting the right person has never been easier. I know when I was doing my internships somewhere like publication if someone does want to go into digital or print that those internships require you to apply one year in advance but if you plan for it you’ll be able to get it. But it’s not just about preparing for these internships, some internships come out on a weekend and you have to just do it then. My best friend and I had a ‘no shame policy’ when it came to asking anyone for an internship. Imagine us 18-19 at Monash saying


we’re studying journalism and we want an internship at Cosmo. We would have no shame in stalking down the editor, finding her email and asking her for an internship, and they offered it to us because we went out and got it ourselves. So my biggest piece of advice is to stalk the person who is in the position, build a relationship with them, do the internship and keep in contact with them afterwards because you never know when that person is gonna come back into your life. Were there any other opportunities you took while studying at Monash that have helped you career? My lecturer Julie-Ann Tullberg pushed me to learn as much as possible and was able to secure me with many projects within the Journalism Faculty. Working on a digital project for St Kilda Football Club and Fairfax Media’s title, The Age, was a dream and was only given to select students who were as passionate as I was as making it in this industry. Other than my internship studies, I also maintained a part-time job working as a Brand Ambassador for Swarovski at Chadstone shopping centre. I picked up skills in customer services, sales, visual merchandising and loyalty programs, which allowed me to utilise these skills to this day across our social media clients. Radio Monash was so much fun. I had a radio show called Public Nuisance back in 2012 with Aaron Pereira, Video Journalist at Cricket Australia. We were both always really passionate about media, sports and entertainment, and he really gave me the confidence to speak out and learn what broadcast journalism is. We used Monash Stalkerspace to call out and ask people what topics they wanted us to discuss on the radio show and we had people actually calling in. To this day I still have the recordings on my iTunes, they were really good times. There was obviously the Art Society back then as well. I had a good time meeting people that were not just from journalism but also outside of journalism. That helped us in our journalism courses because for every single assignment you needed to get a real story, so you needed to expand your network and meet people to get interesting stories to write about, film and edit. Meeting different people through the different

22 Alumni Spotlight Ghadeer El-Khub

societies at monash allowed me to expand my network and create emotional stories with real people. What did you set out to achieve at the start of your degree? I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in marketing, whether that was in events, entertainment, publishing or digital communication, it was the career I set out to achieve working in. To make this happen, I knew from my first lecture at Monash University, that I had to carve my own path and go after work experience, as the industry is highly competitive and nothing would be served to me on a silver platter. What words of wisdom would you give to first-year Arts students? To all first-year Arts students, I’d highly recommend internships and gaining as much valuable experience you can inside and outside the University. No dream is too high to achieve and you can make it happen. Don’t be shy. You need to let your name be seen and heard by the community. Utilise your social media channels and build your network. LinkedIn is the most useful channel for building a network and sharing your work with industry leaders. Also, embrace all the different societies, take different subjects and electives to really expand what you’re studying, you don’t have to be too narrow. Take the opportunity to learn a lot in first-year because in second-year you should start to filter things out and put a path together of where you want to go. With social media being such a rapidly changing industry, would you have any advice for students in terms of preparing for and adapting to change? You have to have your finger on the pulse. Deep dive into what is happening on social, check out campaigns which are inspiring and learn all the new technologies platforms are announcing day to day. My favourite blog to follow is Social Media Today. Having automatic emails shared every morning allows me to understand what’s happening in the social world and learn what’s to come. This allows us to plan for now and ahead. An example is Ikea here in Dubai where

the team launched ‘pay with your time’. So when you show up to Ikea you would show us your google maps from home to Ikea, and that many kilometres or minutes spent on the road equated to money to purchase goods. It’s these things where it’s rapidly changing, no one has ever done it before, and if you’re the first brand to do it then you start getting inspired on ‘what else can I do that’s really cool and new and no one else has done?’ and that’s how you adapt to change, because you create the change. In this careers book we are focusing on the central theme of change and how Monash Arts alumni have used their degrees to make change in the world, their communities, their industry. Is there any change that you have set out to make and how have you achieved this? I knew the importance of clients having a consistent identity across their social channels both regionally and globally. During my time at Filtered Media, I pioneered the first Facebook Global Pages for Hisense, a Chinese electronics company headquartered in China with 118 Facebook pages and presence across the world. What I found is they were all disconnected. Every single brand had their own presence, their own cover images, their own logos, and I thought that as one global brand they should be unified. I reached out to Facebook in Singapore in 2017 and consolidated all of their pages under one Facebook Global Page which helped centralise the brand’s communication across global counterparts (Mexico, UK, China, AsiaPacific and more market) and was one of the first times that any brand in Australia had done that. That change that I worked on is what got me to win my award at the Mumbrella Awards. What advice can you give to Arts students who want to use their degree to make change? Be passionate and make a plan to achieve what you set out to. Kino MacGregor famously said that “Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention” and I truly believe this.

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Internships /Volunteer Experience

Ogilvy Associate Director, Social Media December 2019 - Present 10 mos Senior Social Media Manager July 2017 - December 2019 2 yrs 6 mos

Digital Data Analyst Intern Fairfax Media March 2014- 1 mo Digital Marketing Internship Bombshell Bay Swimwear October 2013- March 2014 6 mos

Social Media & PR Manager Filtered Media March 2016 August 2017 1 yr 6 mos

Editorial Assistant Intern Pacific Magazines October 2013- November 2013 2 mos

Social Media Content Producer Couturing October 2013- April 2016 2 yrs 7 mos

Editorial Assistant Intern Bauer Media Group May 2013- April 2013 2 mos

Digital Entertainment Writer NOVA Entertainment Freelance January 2014- August 2015 1 yrs 8 mos

Radio Co-Host Radio Monash August 2012- October 2012 3 mos

Education Brand Ambassador Swarovski December 2011- December 2013 2 yrs 1 mo

Bachelor of Arts Journalism & Communication Graduated 2014

Projects: Volvo - Safer Driver to Motherhood Launched ‘Safer Drive to Motherhood with Volvo’ an initiative to surprise expecting mothers with a brand new Volvo XC90 to feel safer on their drive to the hospital and home with their brand new edition, during the COVID pandemic.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 Live event coverage for Yas Island social channels by activating giveaways, the driver meets and greets and creating content for all race track action

Lexus - Ramadan Games Garage During the Holy month of Ramadan, the UAE was in lockdown. To keep fans entertained, Lexus UAE launched the Ramadan Games Garage - a 4-week content series to keep your thumbs tapping and minds engaged. From ‘spot the difference’ to solving Emoji mysteries, to A playable Instagram Lens for users to find their ‘Driver Type’, we were able to entertain thousands of UAE residents.

24 Alumni Spotlight Milli Allan

Career Overview

Milli Allan

MMilli Allan represents Australia at the United Nations in New York, focussing on human rights, humanitarian and development issues. Milli previously worked as a Policy Officer for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as a member of the team that coordinated Australia’s 2018-20 term on the UN Human Rights Council. Prior to that, she worked as a Lawyer at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. She was named as one of the ‘Young Women to Watch in International Affairs 2020’. What do you think is the value of an Arts degree and how have you applied the skills you have learned in your arts degree throughout your career? The value of an Arts degree is that it really enables you to develop these really broadly applicable skills that are useful in just about every career you can think of. It’s even the skills you acquire while you’re studying that you don’t even notice such as reading, writing and critical thinking which I think is really valuable. The other thing for me personally that was valuable is that it enabled me to pursue my interests, I was able to study everything from criminology, to human rights theory to politics, so it was really nice to have that balance alongside my law studies. Where did your interest in advocating for human rights and humanitarian issues begin?

Adviser, Australian Mission to the United Nations

Focus on grades but don’t get stressed out by them, get practical work experience where you can and apply for Monash grants.

I think growing up being very acutely aware of the privileged position that I was in and the fact that people didn’t have the same privileges that I did was one of the factors but also participating in a ‘Global Leadership Program’ in my first year at Monash was another. Participating in this program was such a pivotal moment that just allowed me to explore that interest that I had in international relations and global issues and allowed me to connect with other students that had similar interests and work on projects in that area together. What have been some of the challenges in your career? The first one that I wanted to mention was having some challenging personal circumstances occurring at the same time

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that I was having challenges in my work as a lawyer. I found myself not wanting to go into the office and lacking motivation to work that in normal times I think I wouldn’t have found as challenging. I ended up raising this with my boss and asked to have a break from the case for a bit. I think it is really important to monitor your mental health and if you are having a challenging time, take those active steps to address it particularly when your personal and professional lives are challenging at the same time. The other challenging times I’ve had are being in jobs where I haven’t felt that I’m doing what I want to do but at the same time feeling that I have to be grateful for just having a job or that I should be grateful to be in the particular role because everyone around me is enjoying their role and wants to stay in it. I was questioning whether I was being ungrateful or whether I should be pursuing other things. I think it is important to acknowledge those feelings because they are legitimate and really try identifying and feeling confident in the particular passions and interests that you have and follow those. What does your current role as representative for Australia at the UN in New York entail? I work for the Australian Mission to the UN which is the diplomatic post that manages all of Australia’s engagement with the UN

in New York. On a day-to-day basis I could be negotiating with other countries on international human rights issues or standards, I could be providing policy advice back to the Australian government in Canberra, I could be supporting a visit to the UN by a minister or senior official, or even reporting on developments at the UN and how the Australian government should approach them so it is quite varied. What sort of advice would you give to current BA students who want to pursue a similar career path to yourself? You might not get that dream job straight out of university but it’s about not getting put off from that and applying for another job which might help you build the skill sets to get where you want to go. I knew that in my first job as a lawyer for the Victorian Government I would get that experience in government and law which might enable me to do future work in government. Focus on grades but don’t get stressed out by them, get practical work experience where you can and apply for Monash grants if possible. One thing that enabled me to travel and get experience was receiving financial support through grants and scholarships from Monash. I would really encourage students to look out for the types of financial support that Monash offers and apply for scholarships.

Career Pathway Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2 yrs 8 mos Adviser, Australian Mission to the United Nations

July 2020 - Present Policy Officer & Lawyer February 2018 - June 2020 2 yrs 5 mos Lawyer Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office March 2016 - February 2018 2 yrs Office Services Assistant Colin Biggers & Paisley 2010 - 2014 Show 8 more experiences

Internships Disarmament and International Security Intern, Australian Mission to the United Nations Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade September 2015 - December 2015 4 mos


Seasonal Clerk Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office July 2015 - 1 mo Congressional Intern U.S. House of Representatives January 2015 - February 2015 2 mos Research Intern Castan Centre for Human Rights Law July 2014 - August 2014 2 mos Show 1 more experiences

Education Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws Politics & International Relations Graduated 2016

Københavns Universitet Exchange Program, Political Science, Danish Language 2012

26 Alumni Spotlight Carolyn Creswell

Career Overview

Carolyn Creswell

At 18 years old and starting her arts degree at Monash, Carolyn decided to buy a local muesli business and from there founded Carman’s Fine Foods. Not only has Carolyn built a successful multinational company with Carman’s now being Australia’s number one selling muesli brand, but she is also an inspirational leader and human-rights advocate. She was a former member of the Human Rights Law Centre Board, is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, and Patron of the St Kilda Gatehouse. Did you have a career plan in mind when you first started at Monash? I originally wanted to study law at Monash, but I didn’t get good enough marks. At the time, there was an ability to study arts in your first year, and then if you did well, you could transfer into law in your second year, so that was my plan. What do you think is the value of an arts degree, and what skills did you learn in your arts degree that you have applied to your career? What I think is essential for people to understand is two things;

Founder of Carman’s Fine Foods.

“If you follow your

interest or passion it makes your whole career more pleasurable ”

1) An arts degree teaches you how to think, and 2) Research deeply beyond a superficial google search I have to learn about very complex issues that I might know nothing about; what I believe university teaches you is making sure you get the question right and be really crystal clear about your answer. If you’re not clear, then you can go off and do a whole lot of work that isn’t necessary. An arts degree taught me to think about what I’m trying to answer and where to get the information from and put it all together. It’s these skills that have helped me throughout my life.

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What was it like running your own business at such a young age? There were enormous challenges. It was a giant leap; I was doing the books in the library at Clayton at lunchtime and was doing deliveries before lectures. It took a long time to get my head around it because I hadn’t studied business, but I think that it has put me in good stead because I made what I believe were the right decisions, like treating people the way I would like to be treated and what I think is fair or innately right. The hardest thing was that lots of my friends went off and then did gap-years and went overseas, but I could never do that because I had my little business. However, I’ve been given so many incredible travel opportunities now that it was worth the pain then. I did what I could. I worked late at night and on weekends. The first date I had with my husband was packing muesli with me!


little stores. I remember having tears dripping down my face when I got the OK to trade in 20 Coles stores.That was a big moment for me. What words of advice would you give to current or graduating Monash BA students? Choose subjects that you enjoy or are passionate about. I chose topics that didn’t have exams because I thought I could then spend way more time studying for the subjects that did. Unfortunately, that meant I was choosing subjects that I wasn’t interested in, and I didn’t do so well in them. It’s crucial when you think about careers and what you want to do after your arts degree that you think about what your day would look like. Is that how you would be happy spending every day?

Getting into the supermarkets was the gamechanger for me because the volume they would sell is just so much more than all the

For example, many people who went on to do law have actually ended up moving careers and doing something else because of that idea of counting your minutes and who you’re going to charge them too. The hours that they worked didn’t end up being fulfilling for them after ten years. If you have an interest or a passion in your career, it will be much more enjoyable.

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Carman’s Fine Foods. Founder & Managing Director 1992- Present

Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Politics and sociology Graduated 1994

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Ambassador 2015- Current

Bachelor of Law Graduated 1996

Human Rights Law Centre Board Member 2005-2018

Network Ten, Recipe to Riches Judge/ Mentor 2014-?

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board Member 2009-2012

Awards Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year 2012 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007

28 Alumni Spotlight Kevin Bell

Career Overview

The Hon Kevin Bell

The Honourable Kevin Bell is currently the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights. His Honour was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2005-2020. He played a vital role in the implementation and operation of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and has been a relentless advocate for human rights, equality, and access to justice throughout his career. What opportunities at Monash did you take advantage of that have helped you in your career? I came from a disadvantaged background. I had no experience in universities or anything, and I was very young and inexperienced, so it was a bit of a struggle. I didn’t take great opportunities until I grew up a bit and acclimatized to university life, which I found utterly different from my rather familycentered and local life up to that time. The main advantage I took was the ability to learn and to get myself stable gradually. I left home in the first year, which was a big step to take. So the advantage I took was to immerse myself in my legal studies because I felt then that I had the potential to become an excellent lawyer, which I eventually did. I gradually became more and more interested during my late university period and the period immediately after that, using the law for the public good, which has been the hallmark of my legal career.

President, Forensic Leave Panel

In order to effect change, one should stand on the horizon, look over to where you need to be, and then be very open to using your entire intellectual, social and personal stock in trade to be able to reach that point.

I had a very good friend who took me to Kew Cottages, where young adopted children were being cared for in homes to teach them to read. And it was that single experience that made me understand that I had something to give to others. They introduced me to the tenant’s union, where I became a volunteer lawyer and its first paid lawyer. I soon realized that I was able to assist in various ways. Once I left and realised that I’d done well and that meant that I had a certain capability, I couldn’t wait to get into the field. I had a strong sense that the law wasn’t equal. This led me to establish community legal centres, innovative forms of legal practice, a public law practice that became a legal centre camp, campaigning for housing reform, campaigning for tenancy law reform, and various other activities. I’ve

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always been very prepared to read outside my square or circle, and I’m doing that now very much. The more flexible one can begin one’s intellectual development and preparation for life and work, the more one will take advantage of opportunities. What advice or insights can you share about making a change in novel areas and the challenges that come with it? I have wanted to make a difference; I wanted to contribute, and for me, contributing to change is contributing to one’s society. A society is an organism; it’s not a rock. Society lives, breathes, changes, develops, and so, one needs to maintain society’s capacity to change and respond. Some things are plainly wrong. Inequality, for example, is wrong. How poor and homeless people are humiliated by their circumstances and condemned to a life that lacks full dignity is plainly wrong. So it’s not only that society needs to change to evolve and be a society; it needs to change positively. All these things for me represent the idea of contributing. Now, my contribution, my best capability is my legal capability. Once I realised that I had legal capabilities at the upper level, then what I have tried to do is always put myself at the intersection between where we are now and where we need to go. I’ve always tried to find that horizon and then stand on that horizon, look beyond it, and try to move there. In my judicial career, that’s involved fierce fidelity to legal principle because a judge does not make law; a judge applies the law. But where you’ve got new law, then a judge has a particular responsibility and a distinct possibility, a particular potential. How I have sought to realize that potential and that possibility is to read very deeply in

Career Pathway President Forensic Leave Panel 2015- Present 5 yrs Justice Supreme Court of Victoria 2005- Present President Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal 2008- 2010 2 yrs Show 3 more experiences


the philosophy of human rights and to try to understand the difference in a legal form that human rights as a system is from, say, a black letter system like the right to property or the right to contract and such. Standing on that horizon, looking beyond with a new legal form being human rights. I have sought to understand it. To effect change, one should stand on the horizon, look over to where you need to be, and then be very open to using your entire intellectual, social and personal stock in trade to be able to reach that point. What do you think was the value of completing a Bachelor of Arts alongside your Law degree? An arts degree provides you with the capacity for general thinking, analytical technique, and understanding the connection between subject matter. It teaches a basic sense of curiosity about people, ideas, places, things, and events. It certainly teaches you to write. So my advice would be to complete it and dwell on the subject matter because it is quite interesting. Most research after you leave university, unfortunately, usually has to have a work connection. Still, when you’re at university, you can choose what to read, what to research, what to think. And so it’s a wonderful time, and the Arts Faculty and arts disciplines provide you with no better space than to have that wonderful time. Incidentally, I am not implying that one needs an arts degree plus anything else; it entirely depends on what one wants to do. Arts may be enough for whatever you want to do, but of course, to be a lawyer, you need a law degree. However, there are very many fine human rights practitioners who are not lawyers and have arts degrees, which is their foundation.

Education Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Law

Law MA International Human Rights

30 Alumni Spotlight Sam Loni

Career Overview From founding the Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS) as an undergraduate student to establishing the SDSN Youth and Global Schools, Monash Arts alumnus Sam Loni has connected like-minded individuals worldwide and has dedicated his career to developing sustainable solutions. Since 2017, he has been recognised as a young peace-builder by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, by Forbes Magazine as one of Asia’s top under-30 social entrepreneurs, and by the NAEEA as a 30-under-30 fellow

Sam Loni

What inspired you to create the Monash International Affairs Society, and what did you gain from the experience working with this society? I started the Monash International affairs Society in 2011, after having an experience of having engaged with some students in Monash who were passionate about global governance, student skills, and international affairs in a very broad sense. After I assumed the role of the presidency, I wanted to set up the organisation in a way that was able to support Monash students to understand international affairs and global governance better. The understanding was that students could learn a lot in practical, real-world skills by debating, negotiating, engaging in legal writing analysis through either Model UN or other activities.

Program Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

“Focusing on what

you love, and having a mission is far more effective and important than obsessing over a job

It started very small, but now it’s a huge society, very successful, one of the most active at Monash, so I’m very proud of it. It was the most prominent pathway to the career that I developed and one of the most valuable experiences at University. Having had that real-world application through the Monash International Affairs Society just really complemented my studies. MIAS gave me a much more comprehensive and complete approach to education and a strong social setting to settle into. What do you think is the value of an Arts degree? How have you applied the skills that you learned in your Arts degree to your career? I don’t see the arts degree as just the instruction delivered in the classroom; I see it as an entire experience. The arts degree enabled me to understand the power of ideas, not only within a single discipline, in a multidisciplinary fashion. It helped me to see the world through that micro lens and through that macro lens.

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There was quite a bit of room for psychology within political science, quite a bit of room for economics within politics, international affairs within economics and economics within psychology, and how all of those disciplines interact. So it taught me the importance of interdisciplinarity. The second thing it taught me is to have a critical approach to the world. So this is to view the world not necessarily through single action policies, not through just one view of politics but rather through the bigger superstructure of how our system works. The third element was that it allowed flexibility and encouraged me to think outside the box. The world of policy tends to have long-standing structures and norms, and it’s not easy to venture outside of its core framework. But with the arts degree, I found that you could question those boundaries and go beyond them. Ultimately, this allowed me to shape a future that I wanted, not necessarily within a predetermined and conventional path, but one of my own choosing What sparked your initial interest in pursuing a career down international relations and world issues? What experiences shaped your decision to go down this career path? The passion was always there. My parents were human rights activists when they were younger. I’ve always seen them as my heroes. When I was nine years old, we fled my country

Career Pathway United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network 6 yrs 8 mos Partnership Manager, Financing for Sustainable Development April 2018 - Present 2 yrs 6 mos Show 3 more roles Member, National Outlook Committee CSIRO March 2017 - June 2019 2 yrs 4 mos Contributor The Huffington Post July 2016 - May 2019 2 yrs 11 mos Advisor, innovationXchange Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade July 2017 - October 2018 1 yrs 5 mos Project Officer Monash Sustainable Development Institute July 2016 - May 2019 2 yrs 11 mos Show 1 more experience


of birth, Iran, and lived as refugees in Pakistan for a few years before we came to Australia. That experience exposed me to extreme poverty, rampant insecurity, and violence. And through that experience, I would see that the people who would get affected the worst were vulnerable individuals. And so I always had this passion for helping vulnerable people. Being granted the privilege of a wonderful education and living in a great country that cares deeply about its people, I kind of view what I’m doing as a duty in addition to being a passion. What words of advice would you give to current students who are interested in pursuing a similar career path and want to make a change in the world? The advice I would give is not to obsess over jobs. I find that kind of stress doesn’t help. I never thought, what can I do to get paid? I just focused on what I liked and what I wanted to do. I discovered that I never really asked for any money or any job throughout the journey, but they just came along. I found that’s because when you’re doing something that adds value, there are organisations, institutions, or opportunities where you can go to do that full time and get paid. I think there is this pressure created by society, the traditions of finding a job after study, and I think people obsess over that and they end up not pursuing the things they love because they don’t think they might find a job in it. Focusing on what you love, and having a mission is far more effective and important than obsessing over a job.

Internship Intern Ellis Jones Management Consultancy and Communications Firm July 2013 - November 2013 5 mos

Volunteering Co-Founder and President Monash International Affairs Society May 2011 - October 2013 2 yrs 6 mos

Education Oxford MSc Environmental Change and Management 2020-Present DEDP MicroMasters Political Science & International Relations 2019-Present Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science & International Relations Graduated 2015

32 Alumni Spotlight David Teller

Career Overview

David Teller

David Teller is the Director of Interchange and Place Development at the Victorian Department of Transport. He studied a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in Mandarin and Asian Studies. David started his career in the private sector in manufacturing, then worked in a policy role for the Committee for Melbourne, where he played a lead role in developing the UN Global Compact Cities Program (now with 130 member cities worldwide) before moving back to the private sector to work in infrastructure and transportation ahead of joining the Victorian State Government. What opportunities did you take advantage of at Monash? Did you go on exchange or join any clubs? While at Monash, I took advantage of the many social events that were on offer. However, over the years, the foremost opportunity I took advantage of was to meet a broad, diverse, and exciting range of people from a multitude of different backgrounds and cultures. These people helped widen my horizons, challenge my thinking, and introduce new perspectives. Why did you choose to study arts at Monash?

Director in Transport Development, Department of Transport


[My arts degree] provided me with the critical capability to review, understand and synthesise complex information


Creating Space for CSR in Melbourne Published 25 August 2006

UN Global Compact Cities Program. The Melbourne Model: Solving Hard Urban Issues Together Published 2003

I was quite interested in Asia. At that time, Australia was very focused on economic, political, and social ties with Asia, so I anticipated that Asian languages combined with a knowledge of Asian business and culture would put me in good stead for whatever career I ended up in. Did you have a plan for your career when embarking on your arts degree? I had a rough sketch. There was a logic to it; Asia was in the picture; understanding its culture, language, and business practice were something I knew would be valuable. How did your arts degree prepare you for a STEM career? What critical skills did you find were transferable to STEM? My arts degree provided me with an incredibly valuable foundation of not only critical thinking, writing skills, the ability to tackle issues and problems, and to work in a team

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and achieve common objectives, but also that intercultural aspect of my Asian studies, which have all proved incredibly valuable to my career. My arts degree provided a concrete foundation for my eventual involvement in planning, developing, and delivering infrastructure. Specifically, it provided me with the critical capability to review, understand and synthesise complex information, to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form, to work effectively in groups and teams, to perfect my linguistic skills, and importantly to understand the broader economic, political and societal context within which we exist and which frames every decision and action that is taken. When I look around at work at the types of young people we hire and the types of successful young people, it comes back to those basics and foundational skills provided for in the BA. What change do you seek to make in your industry? If any, what changes have you made in your industry? The ability for people to be mobile, as underpinned by our transport networks and systems, is not only a fundamental function of how we live but also supports virtually

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every aspect of our society and economy. I am pleased to be making a small contribution to the massive effort that supports Victoria’s demographic and economic development in a way that reflects the community’s needs and preferences. What advice would you give to current and graduating arts students who are entering an uncertain job market in Australia/ Victoria? a. Seek to understand the wide variety of jobs currently out there and the rapidly changing employment landscape. b. Understand that the skills you have acquired are valuable and directly applicable to a wide range of jobs. c. While you may not get exactly what you want immediately, understand that every single thing you do is a building block contributing to your capabilities, experience, and resume. d. Don’t be discouraged and press forward. If you want to like what you do and look forward to going to work each day, set your parameters early by looking at your personal values, passions, and background for example (I call this finding your ‘glide path’), because once you go off in a certain direction, it can be quite challenging to break out of.


Director - Interchange and Place Development Department of Transport Victoria January 2016 - Present 4 yrs 9 mos

Graduate AICD Australian Institute of Company Directors

Managing Director - Infrastructure Hyder Consulting (Engineering) December 2012 - June 2015 2 yrs 7 mos

Post Graduate Certificate Cross-Sector Partnerships

Client Manager - Infrastructure Sinclair Knight Merz May 2011 - November 2012 1 yrs 7 mos

Graduate Diploma Economics & Marketing

Veolia 3 yrs 5 mos Director of Rail Development UK December 2009 - March 2011 1 yr 4 mos Bid Director - Melbourne Rail refranchising November 2007 - December 2009 2 yrs 2 mos

Bachelor of Arts Chinese (Mandarin) and Asian Studies

Director United Nations Global Compact January 2006 - August 2007 1 yrs 8 mos

Beijing Foreign Language College Diploma in Mandarin

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34 Alumni Spotlight Vijay Paul

Career Overview

Vijay S Paul

Vijay S Paul has a lot to say when it comes to finding your passion and pursuing it. He is a communications professional, content designer, blogger, business speaker, and exentrepreneur. Significantly, Vijay has set out to change how complex ideas are communicated, particularly concerning engineering’s importance, and increase awareness relating to digital rights and privacy. Why did you decide to do an arts degree after your engineering degree? There is a lot of technical knowledge out there, but not many people can communicate it to the general public. Especially in India, there are a LOT of engineers, but not many can communicate the world’s engineering marvels. I always was inclined towards communications and design. So, I decided why not combine my interest in comms and my understanding of technology. What skills did you gain in your arts degree that you have taken to your career? How can an arts degree complement a degree or career in a STEM field?

Communications Officer & Content Designer, Monash

“My arts degree taught me to ask the ‘Why’ and ‘For Whom’ ”

My arts degree gave me critical and evaluative thinking. I always learned to find the ‘science behind things’ and the ‘how’ with my engineering degree. But the critical thinking I learned with my arts degree taught me to ask the ‘why’ and ‘for whom.’ An arts degree broadens your perspective, making you adaptable and flexible.

Don’t Just Give Feedback. Have a Conversation. Published 27 July 2020

A STEM degree teaches you HOW it is done and helps you find the right answers. An arts degree enables you to ask the right questions.

Top 31 LinkedIn Learning Paths to Upskill Yourself Published 15 April 2020

What factors influenced your decision to complete a master’s, and why did you choose a master’s in communications and media studies? Whilst running my start-up, I reached a point where I had saturated my skillset, and I didn’t have enough skills to take my start-up to the next level. That’s when I decided it might be a

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good time to pursue higher studies, and since I was already working in comms, it was clear I would be looking at a master’s degree in comms. That’s when I found Monash’s MCMS Degree to be precisely what I wanted and jumped in. Did you plan your career? No, I began by trying many things that came my way to find what I might be good at. I had a fear of public speaking, so I decided to work on that. While I was doing my engineering studies, I loved the event posters around my campus, so I started learning graphic design. This was the first freelance work I started doing. Then, I tried my hand at programming and failed miserably! I got into content writing and social media marketing because I loved writing and how content is consumed on the internet. Eventually, I built my start-up in corporate comms. At one of my client’s events, I volunteered as a photographer and ended up doing freelance work for the tourism department. For me, it has always been about saying yes and getting it done and in the process finding out if it’s something I like doing. What advice would you give to students who are currently completing their BA?

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Start somewhere! You have the next 5-7 years to experiment with your career and understand what you want to do for the next 50 years, so take your time to find the right answer. Don’t feel obligated that by the time you are in your mid-20’s, you NEED to know what you have to do. No matter where you end up eventually, everything you have done until then will prove helpful going forward. How Vijay has utilised his arts degree to bring about change: In his volunteer work for a program called Shastra Vismaya (meaning ‘The Magic of Science’), Vijay is utilising his knowledge of communications and engineering to tackle the issue of communicating to high school students in third-world countries the importance of engineering. Vijay played a crucial role in changing government policy in his state, enabling visually challenged students to pursue a career in science, post high school. He continues to involve himself in such programs and aims to improve the program’s delivery and communication further. Vijay is currently working on areas of digital rights, privacy, and media ethics.

Volunteer Experience Chair , Global Communications IEEE TEMS May 2020 - Present 5 mos

Monash University 2 yrs 11 mos Communications Officer & Content Designer July 2020 - Present 9 mos Senior FAST Administrative Officer January 2020 - Present 9 mos Show 5 more roles Founder & Blogger Typewriter Media April 2020 - Present 6 mos Communications Consultant Freelance May 2017 - Present 3 yrs 5 mos

Founder & CEO IZE Creative September 2011 - January 2017 12 mos

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Communications Manager, IEEE Victorian Section IEEE August 2020 - Present 6 yrs 2 mos Show 10 more experiences

Education Master of Arts Communications and Media Studies Graduated 2018

Engineering B.Tech Electronics & Communication Graduated 2011

36 Alumni Spotlight Sue Noble

Career Overview Sue Noble has more than 33 years’ experience as a senior executive, serving in a wide range of roles at both corporations and not-for-profits in marketing, management, and communications. What did you study in your arts degree at Monash? Did you enjoy university?

Sue Noble

I started at Monash, doing an economics and politics degree. When I went to Monash the first time, you had to have a maths or a language to get into arts, which I didn’t have from year 12. But I always wanted to study history. I was a terrible student in those first two years, which goes to one of the things that I think is important about going to university. It’s about learning about life. Some of my highlights during the degree was just enjoying life outside of where I grew up in Dandenong, because I was exposed to so many different ideas and different people. I would encourage all students, mainly undergraduate students, to participate fully in campus life, because it’s incredibly rewarding. How did you end up getting into the arts degree?

General Manager Carers’ Voice and Capacity, Careers Victoria

“Embrace serendipity

and be receptive to opportunities that might not be obvious

I was finally able to undertake arts, after I made a case to the department and they let me in. That’s where I undertook history and philosophy. I loved the history units as it opens the world for you and it helps you understand the world and to see things very differently. You were able to see how the world interacts and how the view of the world we have today has been formed over time and it’s constantly breaking down and reforming and nothing is set permanently. In a way, it’s the understanding of international relations. The Arts degree allowed me to take units I was interested in as well as discover what else was out there. It gave me the freedom to figure out what my options were. What advice would you have for students thinking about arts next year? It’s not fair to expect people to have a lot of clarity around what they want their career to be when they come out of year 12. University is excellent for opening up your eyes and giving you some other options. An arts degree is fantastic because you’re not then locked into a single career path. Arts is a great platform to

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move onto something else when you find what you are interested in. When I was a general manager in marketing at the Law Institute of Victoria, one of the sad things I saw was the number of people that had graduated at or near the top of their class in year 12 and went into law because that’s what was expected. And they later realised it wasn’t their true vocation. Give yourself some time to really think about the direction you want to take your career –explore all the options. What has inspired you to provide such strong support for volunteers in your current role? When I was CEO of Volunteering Victoria, that was my first real experience working with a charity. I quickly saw that volunteers are extraordinary, and the amount of volunteering that happens in our community is what makes our community work. So many people devote significant time, energy and expertise into helping and caring for others. For me, in particular, it’s the people who are, through various circumstances, caring for their friends, their family, giving their time freely – they’re not being paid and not working for an organisation. They’re devoting their lives to supporting somebody. My elderly father was a carer for my mother; my neighbours are down

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the road of caring for a disabled son. There are so many people who are prepared to set aside their own life ambitions, their own careers and care for somebody else. Some people try and do have careers, quite successful careers, and are still carers. The diversity of carers is enormous, and you probably all know somebody who’s a carer. It’s about the way that people can be so selfless and generous, giving so much of themselves. If you want to put it into dollars and cents, it saves the government billions of dollars because people freely give their time to support others and contribute to their communities. In the current uncertain climate, what advice would you have for students trying to start careers? Don’t give up, because it’s not all doom and gloom – open your mind to other opportunities. It may be a long, more circuitous route than what you had planned, but it’s worth experimenting. Try to open yourself up to new ideas and look at volunteering – a lot of organisations with limited resources struggle to manage volunteers, but there could be a place where your help is needed. The key theme I think about is to embrace serendipity and be receptive to opportunities that might not be obvious. Don’t lock yourself into anything too early.


General Manager Carers’ Voice and Capacity Carers Victoria April 2020- Present 6 mos

MBA Business Administration Victoria University

Non-Executive Director, Lost Dogs’ Home Board and Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee The Lost Dogs’ Home Sep 2019- Present 1yr 1 mo

Graduate Diploma General & Financial Management, Marketing, IT etc. RMIT University

Sessional Lecturer La Trobe University March 2020- August 2020 6 mos Director Member and Partner Engagement IPAA Victoria November 2017 - January 2019 1yr 3 mos CEO Volunteering Victoria July 2012- October 2017 5 yrs 4 mos Show 8 more experiences


Graduate Diploma International Trade, International Business Victoria University Graduate Diploma Librarianship RMIT University

Master of Arts Librarianship Monash University Bachelor of Arts History & Philosophy Monash University

38 Alumni Spotlight Dr Sharman Stone

Career Overview

The Hon Dr Sharman Stone

Sharman Stone was the foundation Patron of the Monash Centre for Gender, Peace, and Security, is an Ambassador for the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD), is an advisor to SPHERE CRE, and was an independent Expert Advisor to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). She served as a Federal Member of Parliament from 19962016 before becoming Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls. From the beginning of her career, Sharman has fought for minority group interests in Australia and has helped change the lives of women both domestically and internationally. Achieving gender equality and empowerment has been at the forefront of Sharman’s strongest commitments. What skills have you taken from your arts degree and applied throughout your career? Studying the humanities can teach you about human society, culture, and communications. I think some arts subjects should be compulsory for every person undertaking a tertiary education.

Professor of Practice, Gender Peace and Security, Monash University.

If you wish to change the world for good, you need to begin with a belief that all people have equal rights and worth

I majored in Anthropology in my four year Honors Arts degree. Anthropology taught me about the diversity of human society and imparted strong research discipline. In particular, I focused on Indigenous Australia. I expanded my Honours thesis into one of my first books about racism and official policy in post-colonial Australia, having been inspired by my lecturers, particularly Professor Colin Tatz. He not only encouraged rigorous research but gave my work a contemporary political context. I became informed and motivated to make a difference, ultimately serving as a member of the Council for Reconciliation. Skills in critical thinking, collecting and analysing the evidence are simply invaluable. What did you then go on to study after completing your Bachelor of Arts (Hons)? I continued in the Social Sciences by undertaking a Master’s degree in Sociology.

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I wanted to research the impact of environmental degradation on the rural community I grew up in. I completed my thesis in 1978; this was key to me then successfully advocating for a Victorian Salinity Program. By the early 1980s, I was lecturing in Social Sciences. I had also developed a curriculum for secondary schools in Race Relations and wanted to teach this in schools, but this required a teacher qualification, so I then undertook a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary and Secondary Education. This led to my work with the Aboriginal Education Service, in particular working with indigenous prisoners in Pentridge. I joined the public service, usually as the first woman in a senior executive position in the Office of Corrections, Department of Agriculture, Planning and Environment, and the Rural Water Corporation. After resigning from the public service to seek preselection for a State seat in parliament, unsuccessfully, I took up doctoral studies in international food trade in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Monash. This included a fellowship which was invaluable given I needed to travel to South Korea, Japan, New Zealand as well as in Australia. I knew the best place to do this research was at Monash. I graduated in 1999 three years after my election to Federal Parliament. My supervisors thought it couldn’t be done but I worked from ten at night until three or four in the morning and managed to finish the thesis. How would you say that doing your Ph.D. has changed or benefited your life and career? An MP serves on many significant committees where Australia’s most eminent scientists and other experts in their fields present dense and complex material to argue their case. Having undertaken research myself to a doctoral level, I could confidently assess their work, and perhaps also give reassurance to those who needed it that I was not only awake, but well qualified to evaluate their work. My doctoral research also helped build my substantial networks in Indo Asia which were invaluable to me as I undertook international


development work as a politician and diplomat. Why did you choose to pursue a career in politics? I grew up in a small rural community with inadequate health and education services and a serious environmental problem. At 14 I was a member of the local Young Farmers Debating Team. We challenged all the thorny issues we believed needed change. After one heated debate, the adjudicator said to me: ‘You’ll need to become a politician.’ The thought took root. When I later worked with ministers in the public service I saw how often they wasted or misused their opportunity. I thought I should try to do it better. In 1995 my party asked if I would contest an unwinnable federal seat in Northern Victoria, where I had grown up. I was still finishing my doctorate and working in international development, but I knew that if I did not contest this seat it would be another 20 years before the incumbent moved on. So against the odds I won the seat and represented my beloved Murray for the next 20 years, and yes, I brought some change. What inspired you to become a changemaker and to advocate for marginalized groups? I grew up acutely aware that as a girl I could not inherit the family farm, that was my brother’s future, whatever his inclination. My options were apparently teaching or nursing. My mother also communicated a lifelong sense of loss given her twin and other brothers were sent away to schools but she and her sisters stayed at home. My mother helped her daughters understand that higher education and unlimited career options were our right. Growing up I saw the poverty and distress of the Indigenous families living rough along the Murray River. I wanted to study social science at Monash to learn about traditional Aboriginal culture and to better understand when and why these communities were marginalised and impoverished.

40 Alumni Spotlight Dr Sharman Stone

What changes does your work at the Centre for Gender, Peace, and Security at Monash seek to make? The Centre supports research, courses and higher degrees to advance knowledge about why, when, and how human communities and individuals are most likely to experience conflict, radicalization, violence, and exploitation. It aims to see policy improved, people better supported and resources better targeted across the world. Unfortunately in our region there are high rates of modern slavery, violence, and increasing inequality in particular as experienced by women and girls. Did you experience any challenges in parliament when creating discussions around gender equality? Gender considerations are omnipresent in the Australian parliament. I did feel there were fewer sharing my striving for gender equality in the Australian Parliament over time, but we did make progress. Numbers of women elected from my party did decline and that was disappointing. I formed alliances across party lines to defeat things like the attempt to veto non surgical abortion introduction and to establish a national response to fetal exposure to alcohol ( ie FASD). I challenged my party’s leadership or direction and crossed the floor when I thought I had to, ( a potentially career-limiting move), but I believed in considering policy and my electorate’s needs before party allegiances. You have to stand up and persist to make a difference, while every day it is an honor and a privilege to serve in a parliamentary democracy. What factors influenced your decision to leave politics and pursue a career in advocating for women’s rights? After 20 years in parliament I wanted to explore other ways to make a difference. I have always worked to empower women so the chance to serve as the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls was a dream come true.

Over the three years I visited more than 40 of the countries we support with foreign aid to assess program achievements and to build partnerships. It was inspiring and challenging work. What advice would you give to arts students who want to make a tangible change? I think you need to begin with an understanding that all people have equal rights and worth. All societies should work to eliminate prejudice, cruelty, and the inequitable distribution of resources. There should not be extraordinary wealth alongside dire poverty. You should use your Monash studies in Arts to learn about human society’s complexity and capacity. Learn what has gone before, the alternatives, triumphs, and catastrophes, so you can be best placed to help shape lasting solutions to our challenges like climate change and poverty. This will mean travelling (when you can), getting out of your comfort zone, and personal sacrifices sometimes too. But it is all worth it if you leave a more secure and sustainable world. Want read more about The Hon Dr Sharman Stone? Find out more about her background here: distinguished-alumni-awards/the-hon-drsharman-stone Look into her full career timeline on her linked in:

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Career Pathway Professor of Practice in Gender, Peace and Security Mar 2020- Present

Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Federal Government Jan 2017- Jan 2020

Australian Parliament Federal Member for Murray 20 yrs 3 mos

Education Arts PhD Economics and Business Graduated 1999 Graduate Diploma Education Graduated 1982 Masters Sociology Graduated 1978 Bachelor of Arts, Honours Anthropology Graduated 1973

Publications: Australia’s history is complex and confronting, and needs to be known, and owned, now Published 11 of June 2020

Coronavirus crisis compounds efforts to reach and protect vulnerable women and children Published 6 of March 2020

Gender equality: Working to advance the rights of women around the world Published 29 of March 2020

International Womens Day 2018 message from Dr Sharman Stone Published 8 of March 2018


42 Alumni Spotlight Dr Noor Huda

Dr Noor Huda Ismail

Career Overview Noor Huda Ismail is an author, filmmaker, activist, and self-described “repentant journalist” who desires to tell a larger story about terrorism, foreign fighters, and why people join violent organisations. Huda also works as a social activist in his native Indonesia, having started a café in Java, which involved a programme where convicted terrorists are hired to work in the business as a form of rehabilitation. He is the founder of the Institute for International Peace Building in Jakarta. Why did you decide to study a PhD at Monash?

Founder, Institute for International Peace Building in Indonesia

“You need to think about what is the real impact that you can make to society, no matter how small

Agent of Change - Noor Huda Ismail, Monash Arts Terrorism Published 12 June 2018

Why second chances matter - reintegrating terrorists | TEDxWanChai Published 22 September 20

Everyone has a turning point. The first Bali Bombings in 2002 was my turning point in life. I was working for the Washington Post covering that event and to my surprise a couple of months later I found out it was my roommate from when I studied in an Islamic boarding school for 6 years. Since that day, I have had many personal questions about how we ended up on entirely different trajectories. I wanted to ask that question and wanted to understand why normal individuals can become terrorists but as a journalist I could not pursue one single story. The thing that bothered my mind so much back then was that very question, so I applied for a scholarship and studied a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in the UK. I received a call from the Australian Embassy who were following my work and offered for me to do a PhD. I chose to study at Monash because it was a full package, it not only allowed me to learn about humanities and all these international interests that appeared to my heart, but also worked in my family’s interests too. I wanted to study at Monash to expand my knowledge and engage in knowledge-making, to tell a complicated story on the ground, and find intellectual fulfillment in my work. My PhD work looked through the lens of gender and masculinity and how this supported and sustained the rise of Indonesian foreign fighters. Looking at their life story and history, I interviewed different fighters from across the decades to analyse the change and continuity within this Indonesian community cluster.

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Even though my work was in Indonesia, I tried to answer a broader humanity question: ‘what is the role of gender in armed international conflict?’ using this example in Indonesia. I loved doing my Ph. D. I think the beauty of doing a Ph.D. is meeting the number of people who share a similar passion with you.

and globally. I am currently in Singapore so that I can bring my local work into a regional perspective. I am now a visiting fellow at RSIS, NTU Singapore.

How has your Ph.D. at Monash enhanced your career and life?

I think doing a Ph.D. is a noble thing to do because you are questioning something that has never been asked, and it’s good to have an idea that you can contribute to the community. Having a Ph. D., people think you are smart, which is important regardless of whether you are smart or not! It creates different power relations, which is good if you can use it to better humanity. You need to think about the real impact that you can make to society, no matter how small. Even if I can stop one person from going down the road of terrorism, it is still so rewarding. That has always been the philosophy for me of having a Ph.D., so you don’t have to achieve massive things, but it’s still so important.

Since studying at Monash my network has expanded rapidly. All of sudden I’m being approached by people asking for my help or to read policies etc. so in this way you can see a PhD has a real material impact and weight. My PhD contributed to my work at the moment in Singapore as people are taking my perspective more seriously particularly because I do have my PhD from a western university like Monash. People see me as someone who is exposed to intellectual debate and can participate in conversation on these issues. Can you tell us a bit more about what you’re currently doing? I am currently the Advisor at the Institute for International Peace Building in Jakarta and have been trying to bring what we’ve been doing at the Institute internationally

Career Pathway Founder Institute for International Peace Building 2008- Present

Founder Nexus Risk Mitigation and Strategic Communication 2006- Present Freelance The Washington Post 2002 - 2005

Chief of Marketing Communication Jakarta Convention Center - 2002

Do you have any advice that you would like to share with other Ph.D. candidates?

People tend to know the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ but tend to forget the ‘why.’ The ‘why’ is the most important aspect in everything you do.

Education Arts PhD Politics and International Relations Graduated 2018 Master of Letters International security Graduated 2006

Bachelor of Arts Communication & Journalism Graduated 1999

Arabic Language and Literature

44 Alumni Spotlight Dr Ahmad Sarmast

Career Overview Ahmad Sarmast is the founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Born in Kabul, Dr. Sarmast left Afghanistan during the civil war to pursue studies in musicology and ethnomusicology, travelling to Moscow and then Australia, where he earned a Ph.D. from Monash University in 2005. Dr. Sarmast returned to Afghanistan in 2008 following the defeat of the Taliban and has led a revival of Afghanistan’s rich musical traditions while fighting for the education of girls and underprivileged children.

Dr Ahmad Sarmast

What do you think is the value of your Ph.D. from Monash? I think any form of higher education gives you a better position in chasing your dreams. There are many wonderful singers that Afghanistan has, and musicians that people really enjoy, but no one listens to them at a government level because they are not educated; they’ve learned their music by heart through generations of their families. My Ph.D., especially having it from such a prestigious university as Monash University, played a significant role in enabling me to put an argument to the Afghan authorities and the international donor community to invest in arts and culture in Afghanistan if they are interested in promoting democratic values.

Founder & Director, Afghanistan National Institute of Music

You should be thinking about how the community can benefit from your dreams, not just yourself.

Graduation address - Dr Ahmad Sarmast Published 22 October 2019

Afghanistan National Institute of Music – Kabul, Afghanistan Published March 2013

They were listening to me because I had the highest-level degree in music of any Afghan. My professionalism and degree from Monash University put me in a position where no one could ignore my recommendations for music in Afghanistan; the high value of education helped me enormously. I’m the loudest voice for music in Afghanistan, and what makes me that loud voice is my degree and my level of professionalism. One of the first reasons that I decided to do a PhD in music was to preserve the musical knowledge and information in Afghanistan through academic work for future generations, given the fact the people of Afghanistan were being deprived of their musical identity and their musical rights.

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How do you feel your work is helping bring about peace and unity in Afghanistan? I have a firm belief in the ‘soft power’ of music – I’ve never considered music just to be a source of entertainment. I strongly believe in the transformative power of music. We’ve got hundreds of thousands of kids living and working on the streets of Kabul with no prospects of the future. But I believe music can transform their lives and give them a better future than what they are experiencing today, and that’s why from the very beginning, my idea was to change and rebuild the lives of these kids through education and music. So when I returned to Afghanistan, I wanted to open a music school for orphans, street working kids, and girls. They are the people who are continuously suffering from the years of war and discrimination, particularly women, who now we can properly represent in Afghanistan’s music scene. I aim to use the power of music to build bridges between Afghanistan and the international community and within the nation itself. I want to show the international community that the Afghanistan you usually see in the media is not how it really is. International media coverage of our country is entirely based on violence and terrorism. There’s a more beautiful side of Afghanistan that you cannot see. The commitment of people in Afghanistan to diversity and equal opportunity is something that you should see.


discovered it was a bit too tight, too small for his musical ambitions. He wanted to get involved more in the music scene, so he left the army, where he was facing a lot of restrictions and limitations. So the story of my father, an orphan with no prospects for the future, who became a superstar of Afghan music and whose name is today closely connected to the history of contemporary Afghan music, was the source of inspiration for me to go back to Afghanistan to repeat the same path which my father went down – giving opportunities to Afghan kids, especially orphans and disadvantaged kids trying to make a living on the streets of Kabul, and girls, who have been deprived of every opportunity during the time of the Taliban and are still facing many limitations and lost opportunities. What advice would you give to current students studying arts and want to be a change-maker like yourself? Please have a dream and chase your dream. But this dream that you are setting up, it should not just be about you. You should be thinking about how the community can benefit from your dreams, not just yourself. No obstacle should prevent you from chasing your dreams if it involves contributing to others’ betterment, not just yourself.

My strong belief in the transformative power of music comes from my father. He was an inspiration for me to come back to Afghanistan because of how much his life was changed by music. He joined the Afghan army to begin his music career in the military band. Soon he

When I returned to Afghanistan, I was always discouraged by many people, including my own family, because they were worried it wouldn’t be safe. But despite all the challenges here, I decided to come back. I firmly believe anything I do in Afghanistan, is in a way, a very, very modest contribution to the betterment of the world. A strong and democratic Afghanistan, which promotes diversity and respects opportunity for everyone, contributes to the betterment of the world.



What has inspired your efforts in music in Afghanistan?

Founder & Director Afghanistan National Institute of Music April 2008 - Present 12 yrs 6 mos


The Polar Music Prize 2018

Arts PhD Philosophy in Music Graduated 2005

UNESCO Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize 2016

Musicology MA Moscow State Conservatory Graduated 1993

RPS Honorary Membership 2013

46 Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Bodean Hedward

Career Overview Dr. Bodean Hedwards is a criminologist, focused predominantly on responses to slavery, human trafficking, and related forms of exploitation. In addition to her research, Bodean is an experienced project manager and is currently managing Monash University’s Global Immersion Guarantee.

Dr. Bodean Hedwards

Why did you decide to do a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Criminology? I have always been interested in how governments’ policies shape the lives of different groups in society. A Ph. D. provided the platform for me to do that. I was particularly interested in the way Governments managed and controlled borders, how this intersected with the criminal justice system and the impact that this had on people that crossed borders, including refugees, migrant workers, and so on. How did your research and the findings you made in your Ph.D. influence the career path you went down following your studies?

Manager, Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash

“We need you to be on the front lines as the world re-designs the way we work... and to develop solutions to challenges that will affect all of humanity

Swipe Right For Slavery: What Happens Next? Podcast on modern slavery Published January 2020

Global Immersion Guarantee | Building Relationships Published 19 March 2019

Honestly, my PhD experience led me down a career path that I had actually never considered! I have an incredibly supervisory team that created an environment where I could test and try different career options. For example, I worked with Associate Professor Marie Segrave on several of her projects, including examining migrant workers’ experience in agricultural supply chains and how the Australian migration system shaped the experience of women temporary visa holders who had experienced family or domestic violence. Once I submitted my thesis, I took up the role as Manager of the Faculty of Arts Global Immersion Guarantee or GIG. You can ask anyone, this role was never part of my career planning up until that point! Ultimately, my PhD pushed me to take an opportunity that led to a career I have been able to shape in a way that has enabled me to continue to conduct applied research, while at the same time contribute to innovation and transformational education experiences. What key skills did you gain from your PhD and how have you applied them throughout your career?

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There are so many technical and soft skills that I developed! Time management is one; I had to very quickly develop the skills and tools to manage my time to ensure that I could meet the more-often-than-not, competing deadlines for different projects. Project management experience has also been a critical skill that I developed over the course of my PhD and use this on a day-to-day basis. It probably goes without saying, but my PhD really strengthened my research skills, ranging from technical methodologies to research ethics. I have relied heavily on these in the research I have been involved in since graduating.

ensuring that all students get the opportunity to take up an international study experience, regardless of their financial background. The students that go on the program have built lifelong friendships and gained access to a professional network that will help them continue to engage across the region (and we know it has worked as several students have taken up internships with our partners abroad)! One of the things that I love about the program is that it allows students to see first-hand the contribution they can make to some of the challenges our world is facing, regardless of where they’re from or what they’re studying.

The soft skills that I have developed have been vital in my ability to transfer between sectors. I have worked for the Australian Government, international NGOs and now for Monash in international education, and skills such as crosscultural and interdisciplinary communication and engagement, problem solving, adaptability and a high level of resilience for example, have been fundamental in the successes I have had since completing my Phd.

What advice would you give to current art students who feel insecure about the workforce’s current and future climate?

What has your involvement with the Global Immersion Guarantee been like? Being part of the GIG program has been an unexpected, but incredible journey! I joined the Arts Faculty shortly after submitting my PhD as the GIG manager. I have had the opportunity to work directly with incredible people from across Monash, and with truly inspiring local leaders in each of the GIG countries. All of whom are genuinely committed to making the changes they want to see in the world, and helping others along with them. At the heart of the program is


While young people will be the most impacted by the pandemic, we are also arguably the most equipped generation to deal with it and capitalise on the opportunities that it presents. We are the generation that grew up online, we shaped it, and as a result, we are best placed to make it work in a way that will help the recovery of the world. Arts students need to be at the forefront of this – we need you to be on the front lines as the world re-designs the way we work, to think about the issues from the perspective of those that are most impacted, and to develop solutions to challenges that will affect all of humanity. The ability to work in interdisciplinary, crosscultural teams, communicate effectively, be innovative, creative, and be solution-focused is what the Arts degree is all about. We are going to need these skills in our future workforce.

Education Manager Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash Janaury 2018 - Present 2 yrs 9 mos Collaborator Monash Trafficking and Slavery Research Group Janaury 2019 - Present 1 yrs 9 mos Research Associate Border Crossings Observatory June 2012 - January 2019 6 yrs 8 mos Researcher Walk Free Foundation September 2013 - September 2 yrs 1 mo

Arts PhD Philosophy & Criminology Graduated 2005 Bachelor of Arts Criminology Graduated 2011 Bachelor of Criminology Majoring in Psychology Graduated 2010

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Contents Club Spotlights

Esperanto 50

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Club Alumni Spotlight

Monash Music Students Society 52

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Club Alumni Spotlight

Mojo News 54

About the Club


Club Alumni Spotlight

Monash International Affairs Society 56

About the Club


Club Events & Opportunities

The Society of Arts Students 58

About the Club

The Monash Japanese Club 59

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Esperanto Magazine

Hey team! We’re Esperanto Magazine, a youth-cultured, student-run publication based at Monash Caulfield, and arguably one of the coolest kids on the editorial block!

Prying into all aspects of student life — we’re talking drinking, sex, travel, study as well as deeper social issues — our mag aims to reflect the voice and interests of the average university student in all their funny, frank, brutally honest and vulgar glory. Thematic print editions are released quarterly free to all students, and we’ve recently launched online, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own bed to have a peek at our pages. You’ll find us at

We look forward to meeting some new friendly faces. Much love, Tiff, Joe and Marissa The Esperanto Team

As usual, we’re always on the hunt for new contributors to join our talented team. So, this is where you come in. Whether you consider yourself the next Picasso, just someone with a funny story to tell, or are looking to build your portfolio for future career prospects, shoot through your details to editor. and we’ll make sure you have the tools to get published in a step and a hop!

The Earth Issue Editors: Joseph Lew Tiffany Forbes Art Director: Marissa Hor Cover Art: Marissa Hor

Esperanto Alumni Harrison Johnstone


What did you set out to achieve at the start of your degree? Being the first in my close family to go to university, it was all a bit daunting, so at the start I just wanted to learn as broadly as I could. Along the way my tastes changed and my career interests became more specific (and more journalism-focused). Post university, what has been your career journey?

Harrison Johnstone Associate Producer at SBS Insight Bachelor of Science & Arts , 2019

How did you utilise your degree? I’ve surprised myself and ended up working in TV as an Associate Producer for SBS Insight. Despite what is a very contrasting double degree pairing; on reflection it’s something that’s given me an advantage in my current role when it comes to researching, talking to experts and synthesising ideas into understandable chunks for audiences. What opportunities at Monash did you take advantage of to get to where you are? Monash gave me a huge boost that’s taken me into a career that I’m thriving in, but the three things that propelled me furthest were the internship opportunities, a study tour to India and helming Monash’s premier student magazine Esperanto. The guiding principle that I took into those opportunities, was that I’d never do something “just” for an assignment. For me, I could create something that was of exceptional value, not being held back by the fact it was graded - and that mindset pushed me into some incredible stories and eventually into a career.

After a brief stint at an industrial magazine, I embarked on a journey into the world of TV as an Associate Producer at SBS Insight. This job has given me the opportunity to build shows that mean something and have an impact on society, to travel interstate and to find and showcase real human stories. But, in keeping my mind open and embracing those opportunities that arise, I’ve also been producing weekend news bulletins for SBS News and writing features and news stories for our online platforms. What have you learned about heading into the workforce and how to achieve what you set out to do? Applying for a job in your industry is a gruelling and soul-crushing experience there is no way to sugar-coat this. You will experience countless failures. You’ll find jobs you might not like, those roles might not meet the expectations you set for yourself. But, there will come a point where you find a role that you not only feel reflects the values you hold yourself, but is meaningful for the world around you. Or, you may need to carve your own path, be something that you can’t see in the world. What words of wisdom would you give to first year art students now? Although it’s only been a few years, you are now studying in a completely different era, which will certainly change what jobs look like by the time you graduate. But, something I’ve found to be universally true - a bright attitude and a hunger to do more can take you anywhere - as long as you’re willing to move past your comfort zone.

52 Club Spotlight MSS

The Monash Music Students’ Society (Monash MSS) is a student-run society that aims to support musicians based on the Monash Clayton Campus. Whether or not you study music, are a budding musician or you simply just have an appreciation for music, you will be interested in what we have to offer! Throughout the year, we organise a variety of different events catering to both social and academic needs. With a membership, you will have access to all of our academic opportunities and discounted tickets to our events, whilst making great friends along the way.

We hope to hear from you soon! From, The MSS Team Website: Facebook: Monash Music Students’ Society Instagram: @monashmss

What we do: 1) Foster a supportive, encouraging, and cohesive student body within the School of Music to enhance the student experience; 2) Facilitate connections between music students, professionals and community musicians to increase career opportunities through networking, and awareness of available specialised fields in the music industry; 3) Provide readily accessible, quality study aids through student-made course-material and tutorial programs to supplement formal lectures and increase academic success; 4) Organise events to provide a forum for discussion, sharing of information, ideas regarding current or up-andcoming musical projects, competitions, performance exposure and social wellbeing.

MSS Alumni Ursula Searle


voice, my performance style, and of course make great friends. What advice can you give to current Arts/ Music students? Just because you are specialising in one thing does not mean you will be doing that when you graduate. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help or guidance. Your mentors are there to help you, and you may find that you gain a lifelong mentor. What did you set out to achieve at the start of your degree? Well actually I started in Law/Performing Arts, so in the beginning I set out to be a Performer/ Lawyer (what a joke). However, my first goal I wanted to achieve was to be in a musical, and I did that in my first semester with The Threepenny Opera at MUST.

Ursula Searle Assistant Director, Berlin Opera Academy Bachelor of Classical Voice & Theatre 2018

How did you utilise your degree? My degree was such an eclectic mix of performance and management, that I feel I still use it every day. My stage management experience through the Arts Internships unit has given me life skills in self-management, conflict resolution, prioritising, and scheduling. Probably the biggest benefits to my Arts degree was becoming connected with so many amazing collaborators and learning the value of having different mentors for every skill (I have mentors for creativity, classical voice, music theatre and German, who I speak to regularly). What opportunities at Monash did you take advantage of to get where you are now? I was the President of the Monash Music Students’ Society in 2017, and also used this opportunity to become involved with the MSA, initiating the now vibrant Creative Live Arts department. I also can not rave enough about the Internship units. But a word of caution! These are not for the faint of heart; you only get out as much as you put in, and I put in a lot of effort. I also loved my time at MUST, and as a performer got to experiment there with my

Post-university, what has been your career journey? After graduating last year, I was accepted into a summer program with the Berlin Opera Academy, so I moved over to Berlin in June to see where it could take me. While there I completed one month as a performer in the program, but because of the skills I learned at Monash as a Stage Manager, I was asked to stay on for another month as a Stage Manager/ Director. While stage managing, I got into a musical with Berlin Musicals called Songs for a New World. This turned out to be the most pivotal moment in my career so far, and my first professional show. I auditioned for and am now represented by Ian White Management, a talent agency here in Melbourne. What words of wisdom would you give to first year Arts/Music students now? If you need something for your career, you really need to start learning it. Whether it’s another language, how to use a music production program, how to make your own self-tapes, you need to start somewhere, and it’s HARD, but it gets easier if you just do it. An investment in yourself is never a wasted investment. Always give yourself permission to grow, whether that is coaching lessons that are “too expensive” or a film course that you “really want to do but can’t afford it”. If you don’t invest in yourself no one will.

54 Club Spotlight Mojo News

MOJO News is an independent media organisation run by Monash University’s journalism and media communication students.

We strive to develop tomorrow’s journalists by empowering our reporters to pitch and write their own articles, in the hope they will graduate with a sizable portfolio and the confidence required to work in the industry. We are very proud of our efforts this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic failing to shut us down. Our team has successfully been producing content remotely since March. Our media organisation is recognised as a springboard for past alumni who have gone on to win Ossie and Walkley Awards, and to work for media organisations across the country, including The Guardian, 7News, Nine News, Herald Sun and SBS. MOJO News itself won Best Publication at the Ossie Awards in 2017.

In 2020, we have established ourselves as a media organisation that boasts an inclusive culture, with our reporters a healthy mix of domestic, international, undergraduate and postgraduate students. This year saw the introduction of our weekly evening editorial meetings, designed to cater for any student who is unable to make our editorial meetings on a Monday afternoon. We have also freshened up our branding, social media platforms and website this year. Our sections range from those associated with hard news (Politics, Sport, Education and Foreign Affairs) to those associated with soft news (Fashion & Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment and Photojournalism). But, if writing articles is not your thing, there are also

Mojo Alumni Andrea & Stephanie

opportunities to manage our social media or produce radio and television. MOJO News has birthed multiple television productions for Channel 31 including satirical news and current affairs talk show The Struggle, which has recently celebrated a healthy two years on the air, and the MOJO News Bulletin. MOJO News will give you the tools you need to be industry-ready, with one-onone mentoring opportunities, as well as our Digital, Radio and TV intensives, where we strive to replicate a real newsroom. Our editors work tirelessly with reporters to ensure their best work is published with extensive feedback and improvement strategies on offer. You will also have access to guidance and advice from experienced journalist and staff editor Alicia McMillian. She

has a wealth of knowledge on how to break into and make it in an incredibly competitive industry. At MOJO News, it does not matter what experience or expertise you have, if you’re driven and are eager to learn, you will fit right in. From, The Mojo News Team mojonewsau/

Mojo Alumni:

Andrea Thiis-Evensen

Audio Producer, News Corp Australia


Stephanie Chen

Digital Co-Director, Democracy in Colour

56 Club Spotlight MIAS

Established in 2011, the Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS) is a not-for-profit student run club at Monash University

Our members are from a diverse range of disciplines across Monash, making our club accessible to anyone that is passionate about international affairs. MIAS’ aim is to ‘Inspire Future Leaders’, and we facilitate this through our three pillars: Academics, Socials, and Model United Nations (MUN).

MIAS strives to create an environment where members can engage with likeminded individuals in social settings. In the past this has included trivia nights, coffee & chill events, and movie nights. This allows members to build their own networks and friendships, that can enrich their university experience.

A key aspect of the Academics portfolio of our club is creating an opportunity for members to develop relations with international leaders in multiple fields, diplomats, and individuals working in international affairs. We provide this in the form of internships, visits to consulates, and various speaking events such as hosting Ambassadors and High Commissioners, government ministers, and other prominent officials. In addition, MIAS also operates an online publication, PIVOT, where students can submit their written pieces to be published on our website.

We believe that our club is able enhance your university experience by providing you the opportunity to grow and develop academically and to establish a chance for you to make lifelong friends! To see how Semester 1 2020 for us looked like, watch this video! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at From, The Monash International Affairs Society 2020 Committee

Club Events MIAS




An international relations-based online publication under MIAS. Its aim is to educate all people on global issues, encourage discussions, and facilitate debate.

The Monash University Model United Nations Conference (MUNash) is typically a two-day conference held over the midsemester break in Semester 2. In 2020, MUNash will take on an online form as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We consistently publish articles throughout the academic semester, and would encourage anyone that would like to submit guest submissions or letters to the editor to reach out to PIVOT via email at In the meantime, find out more about us through this introductory video.

Global MUN At MIAS, our dedication to Model UN exceeds the domestic boundaries into the international level of competition. Our Global MUN Program allows our members to travel overseas and attend conferences to not only debate current world issues but also to broaden their knowledge of how international relations works while also honing their debating and public speaking skills.

This is an excellent and invaluable opportunity to further develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking and research. It is also a great opportunity for students to meet like-minded individuals and make life-long friends. For more information, visit our Facebook Page.

MIAS Alumni:

Sam Loni

Applications for 2020/2021 are closed but keep an eye out for when applications do open!

ATLAS Atlas is the official podcast of the Monash International Affairs Society. Each week, MIAS members are joined by guests to discuss the latest in politics, play some games and learn something new about an area of international affairs. We livestream each Tuesday from 11am-12pm on our Facebook page, or catch the show afterwards as a podcast afterwards at and on Apple Podcasts or Spotify!

Program Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

58 Club Spotlight SAS

The Society of Arts Students (SAS) is a social club at Monash Clayton which also hosts a variety of professional events!

While this year has not been at all what we were expecting SAS has been working so hard to create some exciting ideas to ensure all arts students, especially first years have the opportunity to meet and network with others and also learn a bit about their arts degree and what SAS can offer you. SAS is committed to ensuring all arts students can let loose at many of our unforgettable social events, such as pub crawls, bar nights and our renowned Arts Ball as well as learn all about the possible career options and pathways you can take with your arts degree, through our careers guide information and careers networking event. SAS strives to build a community by providing services and support to all Monash students studying arts. For all first year students who are beginning their arts degrees we are here to welcome you to the university and help you settle into Uni life through our various services, events and support programs to help make the transition from highschool to Uni as easy as possible. SAS works hard to connect to all

arts students and provide them with great social and academic events that will enable them to build connections, make lifelong friends and explore their career progression throughout their degree. The Society of Arts Students is very active across its social media platforms, check out the Society of Arts Students Facebook page and instagram, which details all of our up and coming events and lots of other helpful information about the faculty for all arts students. If you become a member of SAS you are becoming part of a community of arts students and arts mentors who work together to create and facilitate long lasting friendships and relationships which will assist you throughout your entire degree.

Can’t wait to see you get involved! Much love, The Society of Arts Students

Club Spotlight Japanese Club

Here at MJC, we provide a space for students to come together to appreciate and learn about Japan; its culture, language, and people.

The Monash Japanese Club (MJC) is welcome to all Monash students regardless of whether or not you are studying Japanese, as well as all Japanese exchange students wishing to engage in some cultural exchange. MJC is the perfect opportunity to meet with others who share a common interest in Japanese culture, history, politics, society or language.

international relationships and make real connections to Japan. MJC Alumni:

Joshua Cabaj

MJC aims to advance the education of students about all things Japanese through an interesting and less demanding medium, while providing students with the opportunity to socialise and meet other peers who also have a common interest in Japan. MJC also acts as a tool for students to look into career opportunities with the Japanese language, as well as connect them to cultural activities happening around Melbourne. MJC has become the centre for local students to connect with Japanese exchange students who study abroad at Monash, giving students the opportunity to foster

Business Development Manager, Austrade



Student Opportunities

Contents Student Opportunities

Global Immersion Guarantee 62

What is it? What’s Involved? What’s Included?



Work Integrated Learning 64

What is it? Virtual Placements


Internship Rights

Student Opportunities 66

Student Union


Mentoring Monash Connect


Monash Jobs for Students Student Lead Initiatives


The Global Immersion Guarantee What is it? The Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is a ground-breaking study opportunity including a funded overseas experience for all first-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Global Studies, Bachelor of Criminology, Bachelor of Media Communication, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and related double degree students. It is a 12-point elective unit for you to undertake at the end of your first year of study. The Global Immersion Guarantee program provides an opportunity to visit either China, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia or India. Drawing on the Monash network in each country, you will have the opportunity to visit our partner universities, and local field sites with businesses, non-government organisations (NGOs), social enterprises and youth groups, among many others.

What Involved?

What’s Included?

‘GIG is about innovating and putting your degree into practice by responding to some of the world’s biggest challenges. You will undertake activities before, during and after the overseas component of the unit, which combine online and face-to- face learning. The fieldwork component engages with people and organisations leading solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges at the local level. This way you’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in implementing sustainable and innovative solutions - all skills your future employers will look for.’ 1

‘Flights, accommodation, and local travel are all paid for in this fieldwork unit that places you at the intersection of society, technology and environment. Here you’ll think about the human impact on the environment, and how to balance environmental protection and sustainability within economic and social development.’ 1

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Find Out More: Global Immersion Guarantee Website Building Relationships Video International Education Award nomination

Create Important Global Networks

Delivered Through Long Term Sustainable Partnerships

‘The GIG program is grounded in a strong regional and global network. GIG creates a platform for stronger relationships between private businesses, social enterprises, NGO’s, government and universities.’ 1

‘GIG is grounded in partnerships that are codesigned, mutually beneficial and committed to the role that international education and the humanities can play in addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.’ 1

Designed to be Accessible ‘GIG provides the opportunity for all students to have an international study experience, regardless of their background or financial means.’ 1

Dr. Bodean Hedwards GIG Manager and Monash Arts alumni. Click here to see her profile.

‘Students that completed GIG had an average higher grade at the end of their second semester, compared to students that did not complete GIG.’ 1

1. Arts Learning Abroad. ‘Global Immersion Guarantee’. Accessed 20 November 2020.

Student Opportunities GIG


Arts Work Integrated Learning What is it? ‘Work-integrated learning (WIL) provides you with opportunities to integrate academic learning with workplace experience. Incorporating professional experience in your studies helps you develop employability skills including communication, teamwork, leadership, negotiation and problem-solving.’ 1 ‘Whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student, an Arts internship is a fantastic way to use your theoretical knowledge in the workplace and gain the skills highly valued by employers. Consisting of a workplace component and an additional coursework

component, internships can be taken domestically or internationally, and can be student sourced or Monash sourced (sourced by the Arts Faculty).’ 1 ‘The great thing about the WIL team is that they match you with a suitable internship opportunity based on your needs! The WIL team uses information such as: field(s) of study; career objectives; employability skills; personal goals; availability and restrictions, to match you with a suitable internship opportunity.’ 1

Start your Journey Here ‘Build Experience - Undertaking an internship helps you to build experience and develop your professional skills. This helps you to find suitable employment after graduating.’ 1 ‘Take the first step - An internship is often the first step of your career, and doing one while studying is a great way to signal to potential employers that you know the realities of working in a professional environment and can contribute from day one.’ 1 ‘Get hired - Many employers that we work with end up hiring interns upon graduation, or provide references, connections and guidance to help them find a job.’ 1 ‘The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team are keen to match you up with an internship that meets your needs. For internship opportunities, students complete a comprehensive application form which records information such as: field(s) of study; career objectives; employability skills; personal goals; availability and restrictions. The WIL team uses this information to match you with a suitable internship opportunity.’ 1 64 Student Opportunities WIL

Journalism student Harrison Johnstone completed an internship at Channel 7

WIL Virtual Placements - Adapting to Covid-19 ‘We have adapted to the current climate and are delivering a Virtual WIL (VWIL) program where necessary. VWIL offers a local immersive experience that is supported by a host supervisor, unit coordinators and the WIL team. VWIL is not a simulation; it is an opportunity to be part of an historic change to the way in which we work, and to learn from the experience.’ 1 ‘Now more than ever is a great opportunity to get industry experience where workplaces may not have been adaptable to working online previously. If you have more spare time now than you might have under normal circumstances, why not complete a rewarding internship in the meantime?’ 1

‘Over 200 Arts students have undertaken highly successful and rewarding Virtual Internships in 2020. The feedback from our hosts and students has been overwhelmingly positive. We will continue to adapt our program according to industry and government requirements, and will ensure we continue to offer a quality program for both hosts and students.’ 1

2021 Applications Please visit our Key Dates page for details on opening and closing date for upcoming semesters.

The Benefits of Undertaking a WIL Placement 85% of students reported that their job readiness and employability in the field of their placement was improved. 78% of students’ industry knowledge and connections to their chosen field were improved. 90% of students reported improvement in professional skills such as communication, problem solving, planning and organisation. Teamwork skills (84%), intercultural competence (83%) and creativity/innovation (80%) are reported to have improved. 1. Arts Work Integrated Learning. ‘Arts Internships’. Accessed 20 November 2020.

Know your Internship Rights! ‘Unpaid placements are allowed under Fair Work guidelines, when they under-taken for credit (75100 hours for 6 credit point units, or 144 hours for 12 credit point units). You are entitled to be paid for any hours you undertake above the minimum hours required of the unit. If in doubt, please consult with Fair Work. 2

International Students: ‘If you are undertaking a paid internship you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is ‘in session’, and unlimited hours when your course is ‘out of session’.’ 2 ‘If you are undertaking an unpaid internship prior to accepting any paid placement, you should check your work rights on your individual student visa to ensure you remain compliant with visa conditions at all times. More information about student visa conditions can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.’ 2 2. Fair Work Ombudsman. ‘Welcome to the Fair Work Ombudsman Website’. Accessed 20 November 2020.

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Student Opportunities Student Union Opportunities

MONSU Caulfield is your student union on campus. MONSU represents students at the Caulfield campus and provides services such as social events, student welfare initiatives, and printing & lost property services through The Workshop. MONSU offers volunteering opportunities for those interested in helping to provide these services through the MONSU Crew program. The MONSU Crew program allows students to become engaged members of the Monash Caulfield community. Our Crew enjoy opportunities for professional and personal development as well as the chance to meet fellow students and have a break

MSA is the student union at the Clayton campus. Whether you are lost on campus, need legal advice, want to manage your finances better, or simply want to learn to cook and use a washing machine, we are here to offer you useful tips and advice. MSA remains committed to providing exceptional events and services to all Monash students.

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Mentoring Opportunities

Arts Peer Mentoring This program connects first-year arts students with a peer mentor from the Faculty of Arts to ease their transition to university life and help them build friendships. Throughout the program, there are social events and professional development opportunities for both mentors and mentees to attend. Alumni to Student Mentoring This mentoring program matches Monash students with an alumni mentor to help them to gain industry knowledge and networks to support their transition to the workforce.

Monash Connect Monash Connect is an organisation within Monash University which provides support services for students such as enrolment assistance, ID cards, fee payment information, student transcripts, emergency loans and grants and hardship help, travel concessions and parking permits. Monash Connect conducts a recruitment round each semester, click here for more information and to sign up for the program

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Student Opportunities Monash Jobs for Students Program

While you’re studying at Monash, you have the unique opportunity to access the Jobs for Students program. Once you register, you’ll get access to a range of casual jobs within the University where you can gain real work experience, build your employability skills and jump-start your career. The positions available vary depending on the resourcing needs of our departments, but you could be offered work in administration, customer service, research and marketing. Positions are suited to all levels of experience.

Student Lead Initiatives: Culture Connect brings together domestic and international students, creating the opportunity for you to develop authentic and enduring cultural connections with your peers at Monash. As a domestic student, whether you’re learning a language, planning study abroad, or just interested in knowing more about the world, you’ll get the opportunity to have an authentic cultural exchange, hone your language skills, and gain unique insights into your country or culture of choice. As an international student, you’ll have the opportunity to develop social networks at Monash, immerse yourself in local culture, and get a feel for the nuances of the local language.

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Precious Plastics Monash is a team which strives to create innovative solutions and products to encourage, educate and grow the recycling community. They work on improving machines and developing research in order to find new environmentally friendly alternatives for plastic

BorrowCup is an initiative which promotes the use of recyclable cups to cut down on unnecessary waste. You can get your coffee in a BorrowCup at participating cafes and then drop it off in any of the special collection bins located across campus when you’re finished.

Student Opportunities Student Initiatives


Monash Career Connect Career Connect offers a range of extra and co-curricular programs designed to create transformative opportunities for students. We support students to develop skills and attributes that optimise their employability, global citizenship and community engagement; smooth the transition from study to graduate employment, and enable them to better manage their careers in a rapidly evolving global employment market

Recent Graduates Arts BA

Career Connect Events 72

An Introduction to Networking Key Tips to Effective Networking


Online Webinars & Workshops Online Guides

Resume & Cover Letters 74

Tips & Advice

Example Job Application 76

Example Job Advertisement


Example Cover Letter


Example Resume

How to Navigate and Utilise LinkedIn 80

Key Tips to Effective Networking


The Hidden Job Market Cold Calling Tips


Career Connect Events An Introduction to Networking One of the best places to start networking is through university events, such as Career Connect events. Events include interactive workshops, career fairs, employer information sessions and industry panels. Your network could include friends, lecturers, workmates, fellow students or club and society members, employers and sporting team mates. Some of these people may already work in your industry, or know someone who could help you. Don’t network in a one-way fashion – it must have a two-way benefit, even if that benefit is at some point in the future. Networking is a vital part of career planning and ongoing employment success. It‘s a skill that can be taught and fostered and often needs practice to be done confidently. It can be defined as an exchange of information, contacts or experience and is all about forming important connections, contacts and interactions to help you progress. By using a range of networking strategies, you can seek out opportunities, connect with people you know, make new connections, and learn more about your chosen industry as you pursue your dream job.

An essential part of networking involves taking the time to consider your personal brand. What impression do you want to leave for potential colleagues and employers? The way you present and express yourself, both in person and in writing, is the most obvious way in which you make an impact. Two key ways to work on your personal brand and create the best impression are to complete the Leap into Leadership (LiLO) Personal Brand module and attend a LinkedIn ‘How-to workshop’.

Key Tips to Effective Networking:



Use your professional networks to support you in the development of your new ideas, to learn about new job opportunities and mentor you through your career journey. Networking can lead to long term connections you will be able to leverage your whole career.

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Don’t be afraid to ask your personal network for introductions.


Keep in contact with existing and follow up with with new connections through tools such as LinkedIn.


If you told someone you’d get in touch or introduce them to someone else, Follow through and assist in any way you can.

Online Webinars & Workshops Career Connect runs a range workshops and programs that provide students with industry insights, resources and designed to help them showcase their abilities to potential employers. These are: Job application how to workshop

Leap into Leardership Online

Do you want to start applying for jobs, but don’t know where to begin? We’re here to help! How do you put together a resume? How much information is too much in a cover letter? How do I use the key selection criteria? And where does LinkedIn or interview practice fit in with all this? Remove the confusion – register for one of our online ‘How-to’ workshops.

Leap into Leadership Online (LiLO) offers you the opportunity to develop practical leadership skills and enhance your employability. Each module takes between 1 to 2 hours and offers a certificate of completion. LiLO is perfect if you’re just beginning to think about your career, or if you’re keen to add to skills you’ve developed through volunteering, workplace experience and leadership roles.

How to create a LinkedIn Profile

Career Connect Employability Workshops

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with millions of members looking to connect with others in their field. It has become a key recruitment tool for many organisations, and enables people to locate key players in their industry.

Having great employability skills is an enormous advantage, whether you’re applying for your first job or wanting to develop your career. To help you improve these skills, we provide employability workshops that cover a range of topics, providing you with in-depth information about the skills employers want.

You can use LinkedIn to join professional associations, build connetctions, participate in group discussions, keep up with industry news and search for jobs. Learn how to develop your understanding of LinkedIn and enhance your career development opportunities whilst promoting your personal brand.

Online Guides: Networking Networking is a great way to find jobs that aren’t advertised through traditional channels. Up to 75% of jobs are found through the nonadvertised market such as approaching a target organisation directly, word-of-mouth or referrals, so having a good network of contacts gives you access to this hidden job market.

All our workshops are online, conducted by professional advisers and facilitators, and are suitable for both domestic and international students across all disciplines.

Cold Calling Cold-calling is a powerful tool, which if used correctly, can assist you unlock career opportunities and develop your career more broadly. How to write a resume If you are ready to start looking for your ideal role, the first step is to craft the perfect application. Learn how to create a compelling resume that succinctly lays out your skills, experience and why you should get the job.

Career Connect Online Resources


Cover Letters Tips & Advice The first paragraph on your Cover Letter needs to engage the Hiring Manager so that they want to read and learn more about you. Throughout your cover letter, you need to show the reader how you are a clear match for the role, how you stand out and differentiate yourself from other candidates. If you are unable to do this then you run the risk of the Hiring Manager not shortlisting your application to the next stage of the process. Ideally your Cover Letter will create interest to read on to your resume – convincing the reader that you are the right person for the job. It is important to have a neat, concise, well-written letter as it will entice the employer to read your resume with greater interest and will improve your chances of getting an interview.


1. Application Instructions

It is important that you follow all application instructions closely - this will demonstrate your attention to detail.

2. Be Concise

Use short, well-constructed sentences with no unnecessary words.

3. Formatting

Keep your letter to one page. Have plenty of ‘white space’ on the page, i.e. have enough space between margins and space between paragraphs so that it is clear to read.

4. The Hiring Manager

Make every effort to get the personal name and title of the Hiring Manager, otherwise use: Dear Hiring Manager.

5. Consistentcy

Your cover letter and resume will align with the key selection criteria of the opportunity and there should be consistency across the two documents.

6. Errors

Proof-reading is absolutely critical. Ensure your letter has no spelling or grammatical errors. Have someone else proof it. Take advantage of Career Connect’s Online Document Review Service. 74 Career Connect Cover Letters

Resumes Tips & Advice A resume (also known as curriculum vitae) is a marketing document summarising your qualifications, key skills and work history. The information you provide is used by the employer to decide whether you meet the job requirements and whether to select you for an interview. Hiring Managers and Recruiters receive incredibly high numbers of applications and spend less than 60 seconds “screening” a Resume. Take the time to make it stand out. How to write a resume If you are ready to start looking for your ideal role, the first step is to craft the perfect application. Learn how to create a compelling resume that succinctly lays out your skills, experience and why you should get the job.


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1. First Impressions

To make a good first impression, ensure it is clear and concise, easy to read, has plenty of space between paragraphs, is no more than 2 -3 pages and has no errors. It is key to proofread your resume a number of times.

2. Engagement

Have a compelling “why me” statement to lead the resume. This should make the recruiter want to read on.

3. Experience

Your resume should be a clear summary of your education information, key skills and work history (including any achievements) and its content should be tailored (honestly) so it addresses the key selection criteria of the position you’re applying for.

4. Personal Info

Including personal information, such as your date of birth, marital status or a photo, is optional as these details are not relevant to your ability to do the role. Unfortunately, some hiring managers might make decisions based on this information.

5. Formatting

If you are in a creative field, then more creativity is acceptable and expected in a Resume. For general business purposes, non-creative formats are expected. Career Connect Resumes


76 Career Connect Example graduate program


2021 Generalist Graduate Program Melbourne

Apply now to the Victorian Government’s generalist graduate program for 2021. It’s works with purpose. Victorian Government generalist graduate program 2021

The Victorian Government Victoria is a leader in innovation, progressive social change and infrastructure projects. You can be part of it. Graduates join us because we offer meaningful work that directly impacts Victorians and incredible career opportunities. No other employer has such a diversity of roles. The Graduate Program Complete 2 rotations in different departments over 12-months. You’ll have a home department that you start in and return to at the end of the program in a permanent position. The Generalist stream The Generalist stream is open to graduates from all academic disciplines. . You’ll contribute to important work and make connections across government. Along the way, you’ll develop your talents and find new passions. Some positions offered in this stream include: graduate policy officer; graduate workplace adviser; and graduate communications and media officer

Program benefits • Exposure to different government departments/agencies through rotations • A structured learning and development journey • Participation in executive mentoring • Flexible working arrangements • Collaboration with a large cohort of like-minded graduates Skills required • Verbal and written communication • Problem-solving and analytical mindset • Adaptability and resilience Teamwork and stakeholder engagement


Application stages • Online application form • Online assessment • Video interview • Assessment Centre • Employment offer

Reference: GradAustralia website - Graduate Employers/Victorian Public

Career Connect Cover Letter Example

1 September 2020

Julia Revoco Melbourne, Victoria LinkedIn Profile 0400 000 000


The Victorian Government 1 Government Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000


Dear Hiring Manager

Re: Application for The Victorian’s Government 2021 Graduate Program (Generalist Stream) Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the 2021 General Graduate Program (Generalist stream) offered as part of The Victorian’s Government’s Graduate Program. As a final year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Communications and Media Studies from Monash University, my preferred role in the stream would be the Graduate Communications and Media Officer. I have selected this stream as I am passionate about new media, youth media and communications ethics and have a strong interest in the complexities of the dynamic media landscape. I share my passion through various experiences, in particular my online blog where I write and edit content on pressing issues and also in my part time position with Monash University’ Media Office (MEMO), where I collaborate with a media team to write, proof and disseminate media releases, news stories and articles. In my weekly blog content, where I research and write opinion pieces about an array of social issues facing Australian society, I engage and inform up to 250 people a week. Through my blogs, I not only demonstrate key written skills and engagement with current topics, but I also apply crucial investigative and research skills when creating each blog. Furthermore, in my work for MEMO I collaborate with the media team to produce new stories and articles to over 15,000 subscribers. During my voluntary experience with ABC Youth Homelessness, a non-for-profit organisation, I have developed strong resilience and problem-solving abilities. In this voluntary role, I engage with the community through website and social media platforms to raise awareness of the critical issues of youth homelessness. I also contribute to the creation and design of engaging promotional, informational and marketing materials such as flyers, brochures, magazines, social media graphics, and mailouts, for over 1300 members. Most recently, I ran an online campaign to pressure the removal of defensive architecture in Melbourne and conducted research with fellow ABC members to suggest policy amendments in this area.


In addition to my local experience, in 2018 I was fortunate to participate in the Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG), a unique international study opportunity offered by Monash University, where I gained intercultural competence and adopted a broader global perspective. This experience really shaped the content I went on to produce in my blogs and I was able to write on an array of new topics I previously knew nothing about. I am excited to learn about the Victorian public service, work with an organisation which provides a structured learning and development journey, and the opportunity to participate in executive mentoring. I am confident in my ability to positively contribute to this Graduate Program through my unique perspective, skills and experience and confirm my interest. I welcome the opportunity to elaborate my skills and experience in an interview and look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Julia Revoco

78 Career Connect Resume Example

Julia Revoco 0400 000 000 | | LinkedIn Profile



| Melbourne, Victoria



I am a final year Monash University Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in Communications and Media Studies. I am passionate about new media, youth media and communications ethics and have a strong interest in the complexities of the dynamic media landscape. My passion has been demonstrated through various experiences including my online blog, voluntary work with a non-for-profit organisation and summer internship. These experiences, along with my part time employment and unique international study opportunity, have allowed me to combine academic learning with workplace experience.

Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Media Communications) Monash University • GPA: 3.188 • Expected to graduate end of 2020

2018 – Present

In 2018 I was fortunate to participate in the Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG), a unique international study opportunity offered by Monash University, where I gained intercultural competence competence and adopted a broader global perspective by living, studying and travelling overseas. WORK EXPERIENCE


Monash University Media Office (MEMO) Communication Assistant (Part Time)

November 2019 – Present

Every day, Monash University Media Office make new research discoveries, deliver excellence in education and forge partnerships that have a global impact. Key Responsibilities:



• Collaborate with a media team of 12 employees to write, proof and disseminate media releases, news stories and MEMO articles to over 15,000 online subscribers. • Liaise with over 30 major internal and external stakeholders to receive relevant information and contribute to the issuing of the University media releases, news stories and opinion pieces. Sources include journalists, politicians, public officials, local authorities, news reporters, and more. • Maintain the Monash University News and Events website, social media and mainstream media on a weekly basis to monitor critical media issues for all campuses. • Promote the University’s achievements, research developments and activities, campus activities and partnerships through social media and mainstream media, including university web portal(s), LinkedIn, Twitter and more. Key Achievements:

• Completing a summer internship with Monash University’ Media Office provided me with the opportunity to combine academic learning with workplace experience. After completing the internship, I was selected and offered a part time position with MEMO

Career Connect Resume Example

UP2DATE Founder & Social Media Blogger

July 2018 – Present

Writing, editing, publishing, and promoting content on corporate communication, new media and public relations


Key Responsibilities:

• Promote new posts using advertisements, emails, social media, and other methods to alert and attract new readers


• Generate and pitch ideas, compose and edit posts, market posts to readers, and conduct research Woolworths Customer Service Team Member (Long Life & Produce)

July 2015 – June 2020

Woolworths is an Australian chain of supermarkets and grocery stores owned by Woolworths Group. Founded in 1924. Woolworths is an inclusive company with a team-first philosophy – their people are at the core of everything they do. Key Responsibilities:

• Addressed customer service requests on daily basis; communicated with customers and resolved 99% of issues with services including Television, Internet and Telephone in first call.

• Provide outstanding customer service to over 350 customers per shift, by building quick rapport and providing quick solutions to meet the 90% of the overall needs of our customers.

• Collaboratively work with over 35 team members across 4 departments to ensure the shelves were stocked, neat and tidy at all time to create a sense of comfort for our customers.

• Manage multiple tasks to continue to deliver quality service to our customers in a timely manner. • Adhere to standards and procedures by maintaining a hygienically clean and safe working Key Achievements:



• Recipient of “Woolworth Weekly Staff Award” on 3 occasions (2014, 2015, 2015) • Recognised for demonstrating resilience whilst working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

ABC Youth Homelessness Communication & Media Officer (Volunteer)

2019 – Present


Passionate about making a difference and bringing youth homelessness to an end, ABC Youth Homelessness is a non-for-profit organisation which brings together volunteers to assist in raising awareness to the critical issues of youth homelessness. Key Responsibilities:

• Engage with the community through website and social media platforms to raise awareness of


the critical issues of youth homelessness, and contribute to the creation and design of engaging promotional, informational and marketing materials such as flyers, brochures, magazines, social media graphics, and mailouts, for over 1300 members. • Manage the social media accounts of more than 25 stakeholders, including journalists and local community members and contribute to the development of effective social media solutions for our website and social media platforms. • Liaise with over 80 sponsors with regards to marketing initiatives, bringing new ideas and initiatives to the table. • Ran a social media campaign in early 2020 to end defensive architecture in Melbourne which discriminates against homeless people. Attracted 400 signatures Referees: Available upon request


How to Navigate and Utilise LinkedIn The Power of LinkedIn LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and its overall mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. LinkedIn can help you establish your professional profile and communicate your personal brand to the world, build and maintain your professional networks, gain exposure to Hiring Managers, Recruiters and potential employers, learn about companies and gain industry insights, find other professionals in the same industry and discover new career opportunities by searching for jobs. Students are strongly encouraged to actively explore LinkedIn on a regular basis.

You can use LinkedIn to join professional associations, participate in group discussions, keep up with industry news and search for jobs.

How to Connect When you are ready to connect, add a personalised note to the connection request explaining your reason for connection. Whether you are connecting with someone you have known from the past or making new connections, including a personal note will better engage the person you are connecting with and will be more likely to respond. Instead of using the generic “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” message, here is an example of how to personalise a note: ‘Hi Sujit, it was lovely to meet you at the Monash Virtual Careers Expo earlier. It would be great to stay connected and hear about events ABC Media Company have coming up. Have a lovely day. Career Connect 80 LinkedIn


Mobile 2h ago AUG 14

Hi Anna, my name is Brooke and I came across your LinkedIn profile when I was searching for *** Alumni who work at *** as I would love to work there once I graduate at the end of this year. After reviewing your profile, I can see that you have done some wonderful things at *** and would love the chance to draw on your experiences further as I am keen to contact *** directly to learn about opportunities they may have. Would you be open to a chat and if so when suits you? I look forward to hearing back from you. Write a message...

1. Regular Updates

Open LinkedIn at least once a week and update your status regularly as posting updates helps you stay on your network’s radar and build your professional image.

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2. New Connections

Continuously build and engage with connections, however when first engaging with new connections, do your research before reaching out. When making the decision to connect with someone via LinkedIn, ensure you have browsed their profile to learn more about them. Contribute to their profile by liking, commenting and sharing their posts before you request connection.

51 mutual connections


2 mutual connections


14 mutual connections


3. Following Industry

Follow industry leaders to stay up to date, but don’t feel you need to follow more people and companies than you can keep up with!

4. Be Active


Mention your projects, professional books or articles, or events you’re attending. Many recruiters read your feed!


5. Be Selective

Be responsive, but be selective. Acknowledge notifications and respond to messages if you believe they are from a true source.


The Hidden Job Market

Cold Calling Tips

Many jobs are not formally advertised, rather, they are sourced through employee referrals. Some estimate the size of the hidden jobs market to represent up to 75% of all vacancies. Cold-calling (also called direct canvassing or speculative application) is a powerful tool, which if used correctly, can assist you unlock career opportunities and develop your career more broadly.

1. Research your target employer to build your

Cold-calling is most successful when you start with people in your network, especially those working for a company of interest to you. Ask for contact details of people who can help you. When contacting people, you do not know, expect some rejections. Your enquiry will come without warning for employers and they may not be looking for staff.

knowledge through sources including; annual reports, LinkedIn pages and company websites.

2. Prepare and use a phone script to have some structure to you call

3. Introduce yourself by name and ask to speak to the person in charge of recruiting in the area of interest to you. Ensure you write down their exact contact details (name, job title).

4. Express your interest in finding employment as the purpose of your call.

5. Be ready to talk about why you want to work in

their organisation and what value you can add. Career Connect Hidden Job Market


Acknowledgements A huge thank you to the following people who made this book possible! From the very early stages of planning this book 12 weeks ago right through to its publishing, these amazing people were here to help and support us. From the countless meetings to late-night emails, the team from the Arts Faculty and Career Connect were incredibly patient, communicative, willing to share information and sacrifice time to help us get this book done. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity to work with them, hear their feedback and establish a professional relationship.

Adinus Kohnesheen

Amy Lim

Will Duddy

Senior Manager, Alumni and External Engagement, Faculty of Arts at Monash

Senior Student Experience and Progress Coordinator, Faculty of Arts at Monash

Ludmilla Budnik

Dr. Felix Nobis

Jo Walsh

Coordinator of Work Integrated Learning programs, Faculty of Arts at Monash

Work Integrated Learning Team Leader, Faculty of Arts at Monash

Program Officer at the Monash Intercultural Lab, Faculty of Arts.

82 Acknowledgements

Alumni Manager, Faculty of Arts at Monash University

Dr. Bodean Hedwards Manager of Monash University’s Global Immersion Guarantee

Leanne Delis Program Coordinator, Career Connect at Monash University

Marcus Pettinato Manager, Careers Services, Career Connect at Monash University

Lilly Walsh

Tallis Miles

Edward Bourke

Arts Faculty Intern

Arts Faculty Intern

Arts Faculty Intern

Sophie Findlay

George Moody

Vice President of the Caulfield Arts Society

Vice President of the Caulfield Arts Society

Bella Oates President of the Caulfield Arts Society

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Arts Careers Book 2020  

We are very excited to present our first ever Careers Book to you in collaboration with Monash University’s Arts Faculty and Career Connect!

Arts Careers Book 2020  

We are very excited to present our first ever Careers Book to you in collaboration with Monash University’s Arts Faculty and Career Connect!


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