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Saiasi Fuli

Name: Saiasi Fuli 

Country: Fiji

Programme: 2008, Bachelor of Commerce

Why did you choose your field of study?
Its relevance to my work context and being a civil servant then, employees needs to understand the work processes involved in the macro and micro level of delivering the outputs of governments to the people. So studying Management, Employment Relations and Economics simply guide us well in terms of what is needed, how things to be done and doing things accordingly and efficiently

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
It was interesting and challenging in many ways especially when myself already in the working environment and had to come back to complete my studies unlike some or majority who came out straight from school and into uni life. I was supposed to go straight to uni after completing my form 7 exams but another my sporting career ( rugby ) carried me away due to national duties and regular tour overseas for 8 consecutive years. It was quite long in some way but luckily I on the other side I had a job in the civil servant 2 months after sitting for my exams. So that kept me occupied for that 8 years by playing rugby for Fiji and also working. Anyway I quit playing International rugby while I was touring with the Fiji Team in Europe ( Wales, Portugal, Italy, Ireland) when I decided that life after rugby is more important than what Iím currently doing. Sometimes I saw my rugby mates heading back to their villages after rugby career enables me to plan my way out and up.

I had a lot of friends and mates while at USP. Good environment and good relationships with lecturers. It brings out the best of every student and creates a competitive environment for all. 

Greatest achievement[s] as a student
Not much but I simply I managed to complete my degree within the timeframe of my scholarship which is three years and head straight to Post Grad program.

Career Highlights since Graduation
One of the best thing its helps and shape my working career into a positive direction and contribution. Again it brings out the best out of me by working hard and continuously developing my character  to always be competitive and be the best at what I do

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
Family especially my wife who is also an alumni (post grad graduate). Family is always our driving force to be successful in everything we do.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
Positive character to be the best in what we do, mental strength to be competitive and successful, develop us to be associated with different nationalities/cultural background/ethnic group and it will create a positive impact in your working career.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
The only challenge is myself not trusting my abilities to go beyond the toughest limits and once I realized the potentials I have, things started to dwell forward positively.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?
Running a farming estate

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Trust your instincts and challenge yourself to be the best and work your way forward positively

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.

∑         Goals and Timeline must be achieved together

∑         Positive Attitude Brings out the best

∑         Trust Yourself and be a Hard Worker

What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated? (if any)

∑         Head Coach USP rugby for 4 years ( 2009- 2012)

∑         Part of Library Services volunteer program ( 2011)


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