Banking on change

What does it take to land a job at one of the world’s premier institutions, The World Bank, straight after your Master degree?

It takes contacts, internship experience and determination, says Crawford graduate, Jesse Doyle.

The Master of International and Development Economics (082308A) graduate landed a job as an economic consultant for the World Bank earlier this year and says he couldn’t have done it without the quality of education at Crawford School.

“Crawford is quite a unique place to study, and it fosters a strong sense of community. For me the best thing about studying at Crawford were the public lectures. Every week there are world-class academics and global leaders passing through,” said Doyle.

Learning from Crawford School academics that are actively shaping domestic and international public policy was both a privilege and honour, he said.

While studying, Doyle mixed his studies with gaining practical industry experience through several internships. That experience gave him a competitive advantage which helped him land his job working for the World Bank in their Sydney office.

Doyle said that his experience at Crawford School was “unique and exciting”.

“You’re studying with the leaders of tomorrow at Crawford. I guess this didn’t really dawn on me until I attended a public lecture at ANU that was given by the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Gordon Darcy Lilo; a Crawford graduate himself.

“At that point, I realised that many of the students I was taking classes with would likely go on to become leaders in their own right. It definitely is a privilege to be surrounded by such inspiring peers.”

Doyle hopes the friendships he made while studying at Crawford will remain for the rest of his life.

“Our friendship group was very diverse – we had Indonesians, French, Mexicans, Chileans, Salvadorans, Argentinians and an Israeli. Everybody at Crawford comes with a different story, many working with their respective national governments, others from the private sector,” said Doyle.

Doyle’s advice to current and future students was simple.

“Take the time to get to know your peers at Crawford – a postgraduate degree flies by pretty quickly and you’d be lucky to find such an eclectic mix of people in your professional life.”

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Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team