Walter Waneoroa -  USP Alumni Network

Name: Walter Waneoroa

Country: Solomon Is
Programme: Bachelor of Arts (2003) Master of Business Administration (2016)

Why did you choose your field of study?

My dream is to become a better citizen and a future leader in my country, Solomon Islands. Hence, the decision in choosing Management and Public Administration as my field of study.  I always love working with other people and get things done through them as well and so, studying Management has taught me a lot on how to effectively manage people and become productive in whatever they do. This course has taught me a great deal on the leadership qualities and characters an aspiring leader should have possessed in order to become an effective leader.
Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
At USP, life for me as a student was quite challenging though yet interestingly rewarding as enthusiasm and motivation gradually picked-up during the course of my studies

Greatest achievement[s] as a student  
As a student, one of my greatest achievements in life is the completion of a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in March, 2016. This was after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 2003.

Career Highlights since Graduation
I was fortunate, as the first Solomon Islands graduate to be recruited under the ANZ Bank Solomon Islands’ Graduate Recruitment Program in 2003.  Have served in a few departments within the bank, particularly, Operations, Sales and Services, Trade Finance and the Markets.   
I was placed on a 3-months secondment with ANZ Bank Port Moresby in 2005 during which time I was undertaking an Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) course, which I have successfully completed and got accredited.
Further, I was recognized by the bank in 2008 as a “Top Achiever” for a very outstanding work performance.  I however, decided to resign from the ANZ bank in 2011 for personal reasons.
In 2011, I have managed to secure a new job with the Solomon Islands Postal Corporation (SIPC), working as Human Resource Manager until my resignation in 2015 when I began taking up full time studies into the MBA program.

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I have overtime developed a passion to excel in life particularly, in my education with a very strong support from my parents and also my dear good wife who stood hand in hand with me on this very challenging but rewarding academic journey.  
A special tribute also goes to my late grandmother Elam who for many years had inspired me to be faithful and become successful in my education.     
Above all, this academic achievement would not be possible without the help and guidance of the Almighty God.  To you be the glory, honor and praise. Amen!

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
Undoubtedly, USP has really helped in creating the best conducive learning for me as a student.  Its provision of other services like, library services, internet services, counselling services, academic services, medical services, banking services with the best learning facilities on-campus is just so awesome.    
And of course, having access to full time lecturers and tutors on-campus is of a huge advantage to my learning as a student.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
Being a year one student, adapting to USP’s very diverse environment was a real challenge for me.  It really took me quite a while before I could able to settle in well for my studies.  This challenge sort of faded away as I began to adapt well to the environment and get to know a few friends and student colleagues with whom we mingled and socialized together almost every day. 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?
I see myself assuming a very important leadership role in my country Solomon Islands in ten (10) years’ time or even earlier.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
To the current students, you may perhaps be going through a lot of challenges in your studies right now but be advised, never give up because you are just a few steps away from reaching your goal.  And so keep striving for the best.
To future students, I would like to testify that USP has really looked after me well during my whole tenure as a student up until now and would recall nothing that has negatively impacted on my studies.  Hence, I would recommend that you make USP as a number choice for your future studies.

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.    Always value the contribution of others
2.    Be a role model to others
3.    Be what you are, begin small and gradually make your way up

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