USP Alumni Network

Wendy Beti

What is your home country?
Solomon Islands 

What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
I graduated with a  Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies ( single major) in 2011. Currently, I am doing Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change at the USP Solomon Islands campus through online moodle. 

What was your most memorable moment as a student?
My most memorable moment as a student at USP is when we are going for field trips to different parts of Fiji. 

Describe your experience while studying at USP.
My experience while studying at USP was one that I will always treasure in my heart. I had the opportunity to learn different cultures and interact with friends from the different pacific island nations including some international students. USP has enable me to be proactive and provides a good learning environment which is conducive and safe. USP provides a learning environment which students can learn through both practical and theory to help students better understand the concepts of their programmes in a more meaningful way. USP also provides an avenue where students can come together to socialize as well as to give back to the community through various community service programs and volunteering programs. 

What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
My greatest achievement while studying at USP is to have attained my Bachelorís degree within the three years period and been given the opportunity to participate in the Last Bourewa Archaeological Dig in Nadi under Prof. Patrick Nunn before he left USP for Australia in 2009. 

After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
After graduating from USP, I was involved with a Research Project on Economic Vulnerability and Resilience of People in Solomon Islands in early 2011 and late 2012 as a survey enumerator where I was able to utilize my skills in conducting survey. Later, in 2011 I worked as a Graduate Attachee with the Environment and Conservation Division of the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management & Meteorology. During my work attachment with the Ministry of Environment, I was given the opportunity to attend a JICA Training on Solid Waste Management by Local Government in Japan for three weeks due to my involvement in a Project referred to as the J-PRISM Project in Solomon Islands. During my involvement with this Project as Project Manager for 6 months in 2012, our Solomon Islands team won the Best Team award under this regional project. Currently, I am working as a National Project Assistant under this J-PRISM Project in Solomon Islands. It is challenging but a great learning experience in developing my capacity in this field of work. 

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
I think USP has helped me in my career in so many ways. It has helped me to be a team player and able to work in any multi-cultural environment, hardworking and under minimum supervision, good communication skills and professional and enable me to meet deadlines. 

After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
After graduating from USP, my greatest achievement is being able to face whatever challenges in life. I am now a strong person than before and not afraid to take any challenging career or to continue further in my education. 

What inspires you and why?
I am self-motivated but with some influence from my parents who always believed in me and encourages me that I can whoever I want to be in life.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
My advice to current and future students of USP is that a thousand miles begins with a single step. So if you fail to plan then you are already planning to fail. I would also like to encourage students to always seek someone for help than wait for when it is too late. If you face any challenges, never give up or give in, get back on your feet and do better than before. If others can do it so do you. 

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.

  • Know what you want to do in life. That is your career and set your goals towards it.
  • I think you know it well that you also have to study and always be well prepared for tests or assignments.
  • Attend all lectures, tutorials and labs because you might miss out on important information.

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