Sean Jesudason

ALUMNI

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations/Media Communications)

Graduation year

2008

Current position

Academic Partnerships Officer at Deakin University

Overview

Sean Jesudason enrolled at Deakin as an international student from Sri Lanka and stayed on to work with us after completing his degree in 2008. Since graduating, he's won the Australian Alumni Award for Education as part of the prestigious 2012 Austrade Australian Alumni Excellence Awards, held in Sri Lanka.

Interview with Sean Jesudason

I am currently…
Academic Partnerships Officer at Deakin University at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus, working within the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development).

I chose Deakin because…
The interesting story is that I did not know much about Deakin coming from Sri Lanka and my application was based on the fact that it was the only university in Victoria at that time that had the international relations degree I wanted to undertake and it also had a free online application for internationals. I received an offer letter in about three weeks.

After leaving Deakin...
Well I never officially left, as I began working with Deakin International as an International Information Officer as a casual at the front desk in my last semester and then worked in International Admissions for period of about three months until I was successful in being appointed as the TAFE Partnerships Officer (now Academic Partnerships Officer) in March 2008. In four years this position has evolved and given me an abundance of experience in the diverse aspects of tertiary education in Australia.

At university I was inspired…
To be part of the community, network and get involved. As a result it helped me to take on more responsibility, become more independent and be a more an effective contributor to the world around me.

Today, I'm motivated by…
People creating opportunities for future generations and in some small way making life or the world a better place.

In my profession it's important to…
Be both professionally passionate and cordially diplomatic in dealing with such a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders at Deakin. I believe all business should be undertaken with the underlying goal of seeking to provide greater opportunities to current students and to future generations in relation to access to education and a more enhanced educational experience.

Professionally my proudest achievement is…
There are a number of small but yet significant developments that could sum up my proudest achievement. The most rewarding is when you actually see the fruits of your labour - particularly when you see the benefits and the contentment of students who have successfully completed their degrees and have gone on to gain employment and industry recognition in their chosen fields.

I feel a strong connection with…
The world and society in relation to being a global citizen, understanding and adapting to people of diverse cultures and identities by seeing the best in everyone.

Success to me is…
When you know you've done your best and you have gone about things the right way and achieved a positive outcome.

In the future I would like to…
Further my career in International Relations, may it be in transnational education or International organisations such as the UN and someday give back to my homeland of Sri Lanka and second home, Australia.

The single-most important issue in the world is…
The propensity for conflict rather than negotiation, and misconception rather than attempting to understand one another.

The best things I would recommend about Deakin are…
The wonderful academic and general staff that contribute to your success both as a student and professionally - and the progressive nature of a young but robust institution such as Deakin allows you to develop dynamic imagination and sound innovative ideas for the future.