Praneel Sinha -  USP Alumni Network

Praneel Sinha

1. What is your home country?

2. Which country do you currently live in if different from above?
Kiribati – working for AusAID as Senior Program Manager – Finance and Corporate 

3. What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
BA in Accounting and Financial Management and minor Economics in 2009

4. Describe your experience while studying at USP.
It took me more than the standard 3 / 4 years to complete the degree course due to part time study, work and travel commitments. However, in a nutshell, USP gave me a chance to be flexible and manage my goals both academically and also professionally. 

5. What was your most memorable moment as a student? 
Couple of Moments:

  • Meeting Nitu Kour – my wife
  • Social Nights
  • Graduation 

6. What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Passing any unit in USP is totally reciprocal to the amount of time and effort you spend on studying during the semester; but the most important achievement for me was to pass Company Accounting and Auditing units.  Thanks to the respective lecturers and tutors in believing that I was capable of pulling these units with a pass mark.

7. After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I believe that best part about my career is that I get to work in the international and/or local development context and that skill and academic knowledge that I attained at USP is currently been utilized in improving and saving lives. This is the biggest motivation of my career. 

A major career highlight I would like to mention is when I had the privilege to work for United Nations for Women, Pacific Regional Office, based in Suva, Fiji, where I was part of a team, which strived into creating a platform for women in the Pacific through exciting programs such as Women in Politics, Women contribution in the market place, Eliminating and Advocating to reduce Violence Against Women and advocating for Human and Woman Rights to the whole of government in the Pacific. I had the experience of working as the Operations Team Leader for these programs and worked in many different countries in the Pacific and made many new friends. 

Currently, I am part of a unique and distinctive team of generalist and technical program managers who are working to deliver a bilateral aid program in Kiribati. This role is a career highlight on its own. 

8. How do you think USP helped you in your career?
I would link this question to my ability to work in a different cultural context and to USP’s multi-cultural environment. In USP we get exposed to different cultural background, as students are from all over the Pacific Region, so taking this exclusive cultural exposure to working overseas in a developing country gives an awesome sense of achievement and pleasure.

9. After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
To date I think I have achieved many individual goals, which I can link to having complete me BA Degree in Accounting and Financial Management. Having worked for UN, International Committee of the Red Cross and now with AusAID, banks a lot of exposure and experiences over the years that I have achieved. 

10. What inspires you and why?
Change inspires me. I denote change as an opportunity to learn, adapt and create value. I think that any change is directly related to a choice that we make today. I like to make that choice today and create value for future. This is what motivates me. 

11. What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Just as what I have said about inspiration through change equals making choices. As current and future students of USP, you have made a choice already and that is to be part this (USP) institute so “keep on keeping on” to learn, adapt and get out there to create value for present and for future.

12.Please share your 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.

  • Keep it simple – Do not complicate it and explain how you would fit into the role
  • Walk in your career role – it’s important to see yourself in the career that you want to be in, for instance, read and write about the work area that you want work for e.g. read business journals and write on business blogs and discussion forums – if you are a commerce student. This keeps you updated on issues around field of your career interest
  • Give your best shot – if it’s yours it will come to you and if it does not -> “keep on keeping on” 

13. What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated? 
None at this stage but would love to do something at the USP Tarawa Campus, Kiribati. 

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