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Name: Rossylynn Pulehetoa-Mitiepo
Country: Niue
Programme: Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change (1999)

 Why did you choose your field of study? Climate change was a newly introduced and established unit at the Niue Meteorological Service prior to 1999.  The unit advertised a tertiary training opportunity on Vulnerability and Adaptation assessment at postgraduate level so I applied and became the successful candidate.  It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about climate change.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP? I enjoyed my student life at USP. I was able to have a balanced lifestyle towards my studies and my social life. I appreciated the assistance from my colleagues who attended the same course.  The lecturers were very helpful in providing the best knowledge available on climate change at the time.  I enjoyed both the theory and practical streams of the program.  It helped me understand the linkages and impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities.

Greatest achievement[s] as a student: Achieving the Post-graduate Certificate in Climate Change.

Career Highlights since Graduation: Coordinating the Niue Second National Communication and launching the success and completion of the document early 2016.

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?: I credit my success to the former Coordinator of the Niue Climate Change Project,  Mr. David Poihega and former Director of Niue Meteorological Service, Mr. Sionetasi Pulehetoa.  They were strong advocators in capacity building and they believed in me and that I would be successful in completing the course.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?  USP equipped me with the sound knowledge in science and I am able to use it in my career path as I moved from one level to another. 

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges? One of the challenges that I face was not having a graduate degree when I first started working.  Though I value the work experience gained.  It was uncomfortable being around graduates who had degrees and doctorates.  This motivated me to take my studies to another level and thankfully, the Niue Government provided a scholarship that enabled me to overcome this challenge.  

Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?: I would like to go further in my studies to try and complete a Masterís Degree.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP? Believe in yourself and you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength.

Please share top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.

1.      Do your best in the small tasks or any tasks given.

2.      Learn from others first and take the initiative to contribute where you can.

3.      Be humble and respect others.

What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated? I am one of the members on the national committee of the USP-EU-GCCA pilot project on Climate Change Resilience for communities in Niue.


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