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Name: Noa Tokavou
Country: Fiji
Programme: BA (1996), PGD Development Studies (1997), MA (2016).
Occupation: Disaster Risk Management Officer North Pacific, SPC 



Why did you choose your field of study?

I had completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies way back in 1997 and had always had the urgency to complete the MA program since it was relevant to my work area. 

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
I have witnessed a lot of changes at USP in the two (2) decades I have been associated with it as a student. There has been progress made in areas of Student Support. During my study, MA Student Support was excellent. The faculty knowledge and guidance has always been excellent at USP and even upon my return to USP in the later years, the commitment of staff and their guidance helped me greatly to get through my studies. 

Greatest achievement[s] as a student:
My greatest achievement was learning practical and practicable skills while doing Development Studies. Focusing on community resilience was a thrilling and rewarding experience since I could see how I could assist Pacific Island communities better. I am now better equipped to perform my work as the Disaster Risk Management Officer for the North Pacific 

Career Highlights since Graduation: 
Since graduating with the Bachelor of Arts (Management/Public Administration) in 1996 and then the PGD Development Studies in 1997 I was able to progress in my work career from being a Health Inspector to; Planning Officer (1998) District Officer (1999 -2003), Senior development Officer (2004 January September) Lecturer II at the Fiji School of Medicine (2004 Sept 2006), International Training Manager in the EU Kiribati Health Improvement Project (2007 2008), Lecturer I at the Fiji School of Medicine (2009 January August) Disaster Management Adviser with SOPC (2009 Aug 2013) Disaster Risk Management Officer North Pacific (2014 current) 

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I would give credit to all Lecturers who taught me while at USP from Management and Development Studies. 

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP helped me in moving from National to Regional government. 

What has been your involvement with USP since you last graduated?
Continue to engage in enhancing my qualifications at USP. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I believe I will continue to serve the people of the small Pacific island states in the years to come. 

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
I would encourage all students, current and future, to continue to enroll in courses that would contribute to moving your qualifications up a notch. 

Please share 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:
Implement the theory that you had gained and do not be content with what you may now have.

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