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Further Your Education, Ex-Fiji Sun Journalist Urges

He said he started with three units in 2015 and took steady steps until he completed his master’s in business administration at the end of 2019.
30 May 2022 15:49
Further Your Education, Ex-Fiji Sun Journalist Urges
Christopher Chand graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Fiji on May 27, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Former journalist and recent University of Fiji graduate Christopher Chand is urging those in the media industry to further their education and broaden their career prospects.

Mr Chand graduated last Friday from the University of Fiji with a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.

“I joined the University of Fiji in 2015 while I was still a senior journalist at FBC, and I started on this academic journey, where I wanted to gain qualifications to enhance my education. So, in 2015, I went to the USP to join the MBA programme,” he said.

“I was told they couldn’t accept my application because I didn’t have enough experience and qualifications. So that kind of talk drove me to prove them wrong and I came in and the University of Fiji, re- viewed my application and they accepted me into their MBA pro- gramme.”

He said he started with three units in 2015 and took steady steps until he completed his master’s in business administration at the end of 2019.

“As you know, because of COVID-19, we didn’t have graduations in 2020 and 2021 and the University of Fiji announced because there were no graduations that I was given a gold medal for my MBA late last year and I’m grateful for the recognition that the university gave me,” he said.

“I hope it motivates other colleagues out there that it’s never too late to join the educational journey. I’ve been at Uni for seven years now and it’s a continuous journey.”

He said after attaining his MBA, he took a year’s break and later decided to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations at the university.

“I’ve got another qualification in the bag which is the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations which I’m graduating with today and my goal now is to get the Master’s in International Relations, which is the next small achievement that I want to add on,” he said.

 

Media career:

“I started in 2004 when I joined Fiji Sun as a cadet sports reporter and I climbed up the ranks to eventually becoming the West Bureau Chief, and then a year later, West manager before I left in 2011 to join FBC to be part of the pioneering TV news,” he said.

“I’m very proud of the experiences and exposure I got at the Fiji Sun and because it’s taught me important lessons that I appreciate today.”

He said between 2011 to 2015 he was privileged to work with FBC, in radio and television and was part of the pioneering television news team that started in 2012.

“In 2015, I made the jump across enjoying the PR world and I became the Communications and Public Relations Officer at the then Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) which was later renamed to Fiji Airports, and I also progressed there and became the Manager Communications and Public Relations in 2019,” he said.

He said he departed from that position this year in March, and to join Aspen Medical as the Communications and Public Relations Manager where he works with a dedicated team.

 

Feedback: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 



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