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As political, social and economic ties between Australia and Asia develop, the range and availability of interesting and fulfilling employment opportunities for Asian Studies graduates will continue to grow.

Our graduates have a wide variety of employment opportunities. Some proceed, after gaining additional qualifications in education, to teach in the primary or secondary school system; others to administrative or professional careers in government departments, international agencies, business or law; some live and work in various capacities in China or Japan.

Graduate Profiles

Find out where a qualification in Asian Studies can take you!

  • Mark Ainslie
    Mark Ainslie

    Masters of Electrical Engineering, University of Tokyo (Japanese Government Research Scholarship)

    Mark studied Japanese, completing a double major of Bachelor of Engineering (with First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts, during which time he won the 3rd place at the National Japanese Language Contest. He recently passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

    Mark enjoys cricket as a key player of the Tokyo Wombats which plays at the foot of Mt Fuji and which became the champion of Japanese cricket in 2006!

  • Skye Jacobi
    Skye Jacobi

    Economist, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C)

    Skye's studies lead her to a role as an economist in the Commonwealth - State Relations section of the SA Department of Treasury & Finance. Skye says: "The combination of Asian Studies subjects with economics proved to be an engaging combination and provided me with an edge in winning a graduate position as an economist at PM&C."

    Skye completed Honours (First Class) in Economics. She says: "My Japanese language skills came in extremely useful in obtaining information from Japanese government sources to write a thesis on the demand for mature aged workers in Australia and Japan."

  • Mack Wilson
    Mack Wilson

    Operations Manager, Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Japan

    Mack completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Japanese Studies, after spending one year at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka as an exchange student.

    Mack says of Honours: "My years in the department of Asian Studies, in particular honours, really developed my ability to think outside the box and apply them to real world situations. It gave me the foundations to actively identify and confidently grasp opportunities in what would normally be an alien environment to many."

  • Aaron Duff
    Aaron Duff

    International Business Support Officer, Department of Education & Children's Services (DECS)

    Executive Officer, Confucius Institute

    Of learning Chinese Aaron says: "It was one of the best 'life decisions' I ever made. My Mandarin ability has made a significant contribution to my past jobs in both China and Australia. I used it on a daily basis in my role coordinating training programs for Chinese government officials as an International Business Support Officer for DECS."

    "My language skills also led to me meeting my future wife and then being able to convince her parents that I was the 'right one' for their daughter!"

    Aaron now holds the position of Executive Officer at the Confucius Institute.

  • Sean Keenihan
    Sean Keenihan

    Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

    Sean says: "Studying Chinese language and history through high school and university has helped me enormously, both professionally and personally. It accelerated my career advancement by giving me a set of skills that are highly valued, especially in conjunction with my law degree."

    "My understanding of Chinese language and Chinese culture has resulted in many successful and meaningful interactions between Chinese and South Australians as well as governments. I am glad that as a result of this knowledge and skills, I too can contribute to the internationalisation of Australia and South Australia in particular."

  • Matt Henshall
    Matt Henshall

    Management Accountant, Onesteel

    Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. He says: "during my degree, I had the chance to spend a considerable time studying Chinese in China. This led to work with Beijing's China-Australia Chamber of Commerce. Back in Australia I joined the Smorgon Steel Group and am now at Onesteel."

    "Studying Chinese opened my eyes to opportunities around the world and stimulated a strong personal interest in China and Asia generally. The experience has given me crucial knowledge and language skills that I will carry with me forever. With increasing business between with Asia, competency in their languages is now a valuable skill for any graduate."

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