Sayaka Honda was working as a school teacher in Japan before she decided to quit her job and pursue her dream of working within international development.
Now an ANU graduate of the Master of International Affairs (a previous iteration of the Master of International Relations), and the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Sayaka is currently a Partnerships and Advocacy Associate with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Tokyo.
Whilst the idea of changing careers was initially daunting, Sayaka was inspired to follow her passions during her time at ANU.
“The Masters degrees opened up new possibilities to work in the field of international development, and I developed a firm interest in this career path during my study at the university,” she said.
Her decision paid off, and after graduating from ANU she went on to gain several years of experience in both the private and public sector before landing her current job.
“I feel very privileged to do what I am interested in and to work with such dedicated and passionate colleagues to achieve the same goal - a better world for children.”
Aside from helping her secure a position at UNICEF, Sayaka credits ANU for the opportunity to meet like-minded students from diverse backgrounds.
“ANU attracts passionate students from all over the world,” she said.
“Studying at ANU was a unique opportunity to develop my understanding of other cultures and values, and my network of friends now spreads far and wide around the globe.”
For those thinking of further study, Sayaka insists that Australia, and ANU in particular, is the place to be.
“Australia is a beautiful and safe country with breathtaking landscapes and friendly people. ANU also has some of the best postgraduate programs in the country, and it offers such a breadth and depth of academic and extracurricular opportunities.”
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