Jaxon Ashley studied international development to create lasting change in the area of higher education policy around the world.
I studied political science and international relations in Western Australia, but, unsatisfied with that degree, I decided to pursue my passion for higher education policy by enrolling in the Master of International Development at RMIT.
RMIT’s program is transparent and easily navigated, and students can streamline their entrance into the field by catering their studies to their chosen industry from the start. The course has a big focus on the practical, which gives me a deeper insight into the work I could be doing when I complete my degree, and I also really like being based in the centre of the city.
The number one highlight of my degree has been my placement at the European Union Centre at RMIT. Through this placement, I was able to attend three international conferences that interested me and were relevant to the EU Centre’s goals. I attended two conferences in Glasgow and one in Prague, and they were all life-changing opportunities that exposed me to a wealth of new experiences in the field of learning and adult education, which has now become a focus of my career aspirations.
I plan to undertake a graduate certificate in international business to develop some new skills before entering the workforce – hopefully at DFAT or an internationally focused organisation with global impact.
Aside from developing my project management and evaluation skills, the degree has vastly improved my secondary skills such as verbal and written communication. I’ve also made some truly great friends in the program with shared interests and similar career goals, so those relationships will no doubt be invaluable in the years to come.
International development gives me the opportunity to truly be a part of the world and its progress.