My Flinders Experience

Flinders international studies graduate and activism support coordinator with Amnesty International (Perth)

Ken Matahari credits Flinders for his career as an activism support co-ordinator with Amnesty International.

“My career as an activist for Amnesty International really started at Flinders. I’m currently working as an activism support co-ordinator at the Perth office but prior to this, I used to volunteer for Amnesty International office in Adelaide. I took a class at Flinders called debating human rights under Associate Professor Anthony Langlois – it was then that I was introduced to Amnesty.”

Ken found the challenge of studying as an international student to be a rewarding one, and the practical experience he gained in the Bachelor of International Studies at Flinders has been a key part of his career success.

"Initially I was an exchange student from Indonesia but stayed after one year. It was worth investing in this degree at Flinders so I decided to transfer my whole degree over from Indonesia. Through Flinders I participated in a United Nations program in the USA. By participating in a mock international relations debate, we gained an understanding of international diplomacy that you’d never find in the textbook. It was invaluable.”

Ken found his time at Flinders to be a transformative experience. He regularly draws upon the networks he developed through his international studies degree in his work, as well as the knowledge and skills he gained at Flinders.

“I changed completely at Flinders. I was not very confident and like a lot of international students I took some time to adapt. But now I’ve got a global network of contacts in Australia, Europe, America and Asia as well as Indonesia. Flinders has provided me with that and I gained so much knowledge about international relations and global issues that I’m using every day at Amnesty.”

 Where are they now?

Graduates share their personal career stories and advice



Degree: Bachelor of International Tourism
Position gained: Programming Executive, The Adelaide Festival Centre



Degree: Bachelor of International Tourism
Position gained: Destination Development and International Marketing Coordinator, South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC)



Degree: Bachelor International Tourism
Position gained: Volunteer Services Coordinator, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters



Degree: Double Bachelor of Business and International Studies
Position gained: Graduate position in the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Graduate Program



Degree: Bachelor of International Tourism
Position gained: Industry Programs Manager, South Australian Tourism Industry Council



Degree: Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (First Class Hons) and Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations)
Position gained: International Humanitarian Law Officer (ACT) and Emblem Protection Officer, Australian Red Cross