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Name: Finau Vulivuli

Country: Fiji

Programme: Bachelor in Commerce (2013)  Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy & International Affairs (2014)

Why did you choose your field of study?
International Business & Marketing in itself is a promising field and combining it with Human Resource Management & Employment Relations gives a holistic combination for employment and individual growth. To contribute to an organization or operate your business, the acquisition of knowledge from these fields provides the platform for growth and gives one the necessary skills & understanding to be competitive and successful. The pursuance of Post Graduate studies in Diplomacy & International Affairs was basically an interest into understanding the various international platforms and diplomatic mechanisms that we are a part of.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
•    It was an interesting and enjoyable experience. Firstly comes unfamiliarity and curiosity, that grows into comfort and like and finally to love. USP is a potpourri of brilliant and interesting individuals who represent a vast diversity of culture and interest, most of whom are from around the region. Great friendships are created and a web of regional and international networks fostered from the various events and functions attended.
•    The academic structure and programs at student’s disposal, enables individuals to build their own thoughts and opinions on various issues pertaining to their field of study and allows them to attain the required skills to perform to expected standards in the workforce.

Greatest achievement[s] as a student ?
•    Completed post- graduate studies to date

Career Highlights since Graduation ?
•    Previously a high school mathematics teacher. However, since graduation, I have joined the Ministry of health Capital Projects Team in the management and monitoring of all minor and capital works of the ministry.

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
•    Credit my success to the basic values and principles instilled by my hardworking parents and supportive family and also the self-discipline to relentlessly achieve success.
•    My inspiration stems from seeing success being achieved by those who defy the odds.

How do you think USP help you in your career?
•    It has definitely allowed me to progress in my career in terms of establishing and expanding my opportunities in the academic and professional fields.
Explain about your interest in refereeing? Why soccer instead of rugby?
•    Sports has always been a major part of my life for health and social reasons. However, refereeing turned out to be more promising as it gels well with my work, studies and other commitments.
•    The opportunity to be a soccer match official started when I was invited to attend a basic course and through sheer hard work and perseverance, I believe I have defied the odds in a pre-dominantly male sport.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
•    Too many to mention.. However, challenges and obstacles are all part of the journey to success and they bring out the best in us. Nevertheless, success is achieved by those who have the self-discipline, dedication and relentlessly pursue their goals despite the odds. As part of the journey, there will be times when outcomes are unfavorable. However, it is important to re-asses your stance, your situation and move on with a greater determination and stronger mindset.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
•    Career – Pursuing my own business venture
•    Sports – Using refereeing as a platform/tool to build communities, support and empower young women to build their social, human and sports skills. Through the various support and opportunities, young girls create social networks, develop mental and emotional health and these are the base for greater confidence and for many, the first step up and out.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
•    Make friends, build networks, enjoy the opportunities but have the self-discipline to prioritize your academic responsibilities. Do not go to university only for a degree but ensure that you acquire the necessary skills and work experience that will give you a competitive edge in the workforce upon graduation.
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.
•    Follow you passion. Pursue careers that you are passionate about and which reflects your hobbies, skills and interests.
•    Attitude – It is everything, it has the power to define your career. To be successful, dedication and hard work is vital, but being resilient and persistent when facing challenges and obstacles is ultimately the defining key to success.
•    Be Extraordinary ! – Be bold to take calculated risks, find the edge that will turn you from an ordinary to extraordinary individual in terms of your personal growth and professional career. Ensure you have a well-defined group of mentors who will guide you to success.

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