Name: Anthea Haryoko
Bachelor of Communication
Tell us briefly about your work or role in your current organisation.
I am currently working at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) as the manager of communications and fundraising. CIPS is a non-profit policy think-tank based in Jakarta, Indonesia. My role is to communicate and advocate our policy research findings and recommendations to government bodies and the public, as well as to raise awareness of the issues related to our research. My other role is to build and maintain donor relationships to support our work.
How has your study in Monash Malaysia helped to prepare you for the working world?
My studies helped me shape a critical and analytical mind in understanding how cultural and media landscapes function and operate. On a practical level it taught me how to analyse and draw meaning from various media texts such as film, and literature, and how such texts shape our understanding and perception.
While at Monash what type of opportunities did you participate in?
I participated in the “In Search of…” study trips to Siem Reap and Chiang Mai. It was a great opportunity to visit our Asian neighbours to understand their culture and make new friends. I’ll always be fond of my memories during those trips.
I also participated in the Monash University Volunteer Program, which allowed us, as students, to play a positive role in better understanding disadvantaged groups and to lend a hand.
When you were choosing a course and a university did you have a clear picture of your future (and if so what was it)? How did that change (or reconfirmed) during your experience at Monash?
I wanted to work in development and to understand the problems and dynamics of socio-political issues.
My experience expanded my understanding and knowledge of how society and cultures function. It provided me valuable knowledge in issues on a world scale, and also to understand the dynamics of human behaviour on a societal level. The communication element of my studies was very useful in the work I entered after I graduated, in the sense that I was aware of these social dynamics, but my learning experience in Monash enabled me to communicate these issues appropriately. The communications and media studies aspects of my course were very valuable in my future employment.
What was it about Monash that made you select this university in the first place?
I liked the fact it was an Australian standard curriculum but provided an Asian perspective.
What do you love most about your student life at Monash?
The networks you build through the people you meet during your studies. I loved that we were able to come to our lecturers who are friendly and open to sharing their knowledge. The friendships you build with students from around the world gives you access to a wide global network.