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Name: Jama'l Talagi

Country : Niue

What program(s) did you graduate in and in which year? Bachelor of Arts - Double major in Economics and Marine Affairs (2007), Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Affairs (2013)

What was your most memorable moment as a student? Making life-friends from across the region, representing Niue in cultural and sports events, representing USP in Inter-Tertiary Games (Touch Rugby) and singing in the USP Choir for graduation ceremonies.

Describe your experience while studying at USP? During undergraduate studies, my experience was full of fun, perhaps too much fun and distractions. Going back to studies after 5 years of working for the Government of Niue was not so easy but was really good to our come back to own premier tertiary institution.

What was your greatest achievement as a student? One of the founding members of the Econesians Society, taking part in essay competitions, always representing Niue in cultural and sports events.

After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career (past work experience and current employment) Well traveling was one of the highlights of my career, regionally and internationally. I started off as a fisheries officer and then projects coordinator in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, working mainly to revive and develop Niue's Organic Vanilla Industry. In 2011, I was appointed to work with the Premier Hon Toke Talagi as his personal assistant. I decided to pursue further studies after one year of great learning and exposure to the world of governance and politics. I graduated last year with a postgraduate diploma in Marine Affairs ad currently pursuing my Master's degree in Marine Affairs.

How do you think USP helped you in your career? USP laid the foundation of Pasifika in me to care for the welfare of my people, Niue and the Pacific Region. I am working for Niue because of my deep love for my country and the pacific region.


What inspires you and why?The beauty of my culture and pacific cultures at large, also the way of life for pacific people. The need to preserve this future for generations. 

What advise would you give to current and future students of USP? Study smart and 'keep the main thing, the main thing' - Pastor Lasarua Senikau. Keep the main thing in mind and at heart and always remember the people who are supporting you, your journey until you graduate is not your own but your family's, your community and your country.

Your top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out in their career paths. Grow thick skin to bear the brunt from negative people, don't let negative people get to you, brush it off and move on. Have courage to question anything that concerns your welfare as a student. Allow time to exercise and laugh, maintain a balanced diet.

What has your involvement been since you graduated. I have been involved with the Student Association a lot and this has led me to lead the Pacific Students Association since 2012. Before that i was a Foundation tutor at USP Niue campus in 2009.

Any other information you want to share? Manager your finances, nothing more stressful than having no money. Be around people who will help you and always remember God who will always help you with anything you ask.

 


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