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Pritish Sanghadia

Project Support Officer

Qualification: Master of Business Information and Logistics Management
Year of Graduation: 2022
Education Provider: The University of Western Australia
Job Title: Project Support Officer
Employer: Economic Regulation Authority 
Country of Origin: India

What was your main reason(s) to select Perth as your study destination?

The city's enviable lifestyle was a major draw, with its pristine beaches, abundant green spaces, and a Mediterranean climate that boasts sunny days throughout the year. I had been researching Perth before selecting it as my destination and learnt that it offers a thriving economy, with opportunities in sectors such as mining, technology, and healthcare. Additionally, Perth's relative isolation has resulted in a unique and close-knit community, fostering a sense of belonging. The laid-back atmosphere and numerous recreational activities, including water sports and outdoor adventures, further contributed to making it my study destination.

Are there any notable experiences from your time studying you’d like to share?

Throughout my academic journey, I faced a unique circumstance where I spent one year studying online due to closed borders, followed by another year on campus. The on-campus experience, despite its challenges of balancing work, studies, and deadlines, was incredibly rewarding. The vibrant atmosphere, face-to-face interactions, and the overall student life made it a standout period. Looking back, I miss the dynamic aspects of on-campus learning and would choose to complete both years in that environment if given the chance.

Tell us about your experience since leaving UWA – how has your career progressed to date? Any professional achievements you’d like to share?

I am currently engaged in a fulfilling role within the state government, an opportunity that has proven instrumental in both my professional and personal growth. The privilege of contributing to public service as a non-citizen holds particular significance for me, and I take pride in leveraging my acquired knowledge to make meaningful contributions to the welfare of the country. I find immense satisfaction in the responsibilities entrusted to me, and I am eager to continue my trajectory of continuous learning and impactful service within the realm of public administration.

What are the top 3 skills you need in your role as a Project Support Officer?

Organizational Proficiency:

  • The ability to efficiently organize and prioritize tasks.
  • Proficient use of project management tools.

Effective Communication:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The capacity to relay complex information in an understandable manner.

Adaptability and Problem-Solving:

  • The capability to adapt to changing project requirements.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

What have you enjoyed the most about living and studying in Perth?

One of the aspects I have cherished the most about living and studying in Perth is the quality of life and the welcoming atmosphere of the city. Perth offers a unique blend of a vibrant urban environment and the tranquillity of nature, creating an ideal setting for academic pursuits.

Additionally, the emphasis on education in Perth, exemplified by institutions such as UWA, has provided me with an enriching academic journey. The city's commitment to innovation and research has not only shaped my educational experience but has also exposed me to a dynamic and forward-thinking community.

Furthermore, the warmth and friendliness of the people in Perth have made me feel at home.

What would you say to students thinking of coming to Perth to study?

I highly recommend Perth as a study destination for its top-notch education, vibrant lifestyle, and welcoming community. The city's excellent universities, coupled with its natural beauty, create a unique and enriching experience. With a safe and multicultural environment, students can expect not only academic excellence but also a well-rounded and enjoyable time during their studies in Perth.

If you could tell your graduate self-one piece of career advice, what would it be and why?

If I could give advice to my past self as a graduate, I'd say always keep learning. The working world changes a lot, so it's important to stay updated and pick up new skills. Being open to learning helps you adapt and opens more opportunities for your career. It's like a key to both personal and professional success in a fast-changing job market.

Did you use any of the StudyPerth service offerings during your time studying? And if so, which support services were helpful?

During my first week in Perth, I visited StudyPerth and was pleased with my choice. The staff welcomed me warmly and proved incredibly helpful. A standout experience was the career counselling session with Persis, one of their counsellors. Persis demonstrated a deep understanding of my career aspirations, assisting in tailoring my CV to Australian standards and sharing insights into the local job market.

StudyPerth also played a pivotal role in fostering a sense of community among international students, organizing events that brought together students from diverse backgrounds. These events provided opportunities for social interaction and helped alleviate the initial feeling of isolation that can come with studying in a new country.

Overall, StudyPerth's services, especially the personalized career guidance and community-building events, significantly contributed to making my transition to studying in Perth smoother and more enriching.