The purpose of #MeetTheGraduate is to fill the gap between becoming a student and transitioning into an alumnus, (as well as being a part of a community of alumni). We want to showcase the stories of African-Australian graduates and share those untold narratives with youth in a bid to guide and inspire.​



Apr 26, 2018

Lorraine Ngwenya

Victoria, Australia

What are your recommendations for future graduates?

As a graduate realise that you don't have to wait for opportunities to be handed to you.
Be a go-getter! We have a lot at our fingertips, so find volunteering opportunities that build your skills and your network and start making a pathway for yourself.

Click here to read more of Lorraine's chat with AASO 

Jul 08, 2018

Bareetu Aba-Bulgu

Victoria, Australia

What is the difference between completing tasks (assignments) in university vs completing tasks for work? 

The main difference I have noticed is that there is more at stake when completing tasks for work. I’m in the professional services industry so more often than not any task I complete is for the client or for statutory reporting purposes. So, If I make a mistake it could have legal ramifications. As such, I find that there is more guidance provided and a review process for any task that I complete. On the other hand, during university most tasks were for me (and my grades) so if I was careless in my work or did not adequately prepare it was to my detriment and no one else’s.

Click here to read more of Bareetu's chat with AASO 

Aug 06, 2018

Zenab Tewolde

Victoria, Australia

How would you describe your university experience?

My university experience was very interesting and inspiring. I was lucky enough to have met students of African descent who have come to be family and have encouraged me to see my fullest potential. 

Click here to read more of Zenab's chat with AASO 

Sep 09, 2018

Nyasha Nziboi

Victoria, Australia

As an international student, How did you juggle being in a new country, studies and work?

Honestly, it was rough at first. I literally knew no one in my first year. Luckily, I stayed on campus and made a lot of friends mainly by going to social events. I wish back in 2014 there was Monash African Society, As it definitely would have helped me transition easier into uni life. 

Click here to read more of Nyasha's chat with AASO 

Oct 07, 2018

Amelia Forson

Victoria, Australia

What was your experience transitioning from the job that you held in your late teens to the job that you acquired in your early twenties? 

Going into your first “real job” can be intimidating at first and it can take a while to get into the routine. Initially, I found myself envious of my friends still at uni who could go out for brunch on a Thursday afternoon but now that I know that my Saturdays can’t be messed with, I’m all good.

Click here to read more of Amelia's chat with AASO


Dec 09, 2018

Amanda Green

Victoria, Australia

You volunteered a lot during your time as a student how do you feel it aided you (professionally, academically and personally)?
As an international student volunteering was an escape and a way of exploring the Melbourne culture and meeting new people. It also allowed me to start my organisation and start a movement for individuals who felt they didn’t have a voice. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it. It kept me sane and helped me make friends and connect with people.

Click here to read more of Amanda's chat with AASO

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