Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

About our graduates

Sam MillettSam Millett, Graduate Officer - WA Department of Premier and Cabinet

Studied: Master of International Affairs/Graduate Certificate of Public Policy and Management

Recent SWM School student Sam Millett was looking at possible options at the end of his undergraduate degree and was attracted by what the program at Murdoch University could offer:

“I was interested in the public sector as a career possibility, but knew little of what such work might entail. The Sir Walter Murdoch School offered a very flexible program, with the opportunity to take a Graduate Certificate with an option to transfer credit to a Masters. I was attracted by the rich mix of theory and industry engagement, and it allowed me to gain a richer understanding of policy, and the global context in which it sits.”

The Sir Walter Murdoch School welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in any subject, and offers advance standing to those who already have a background in public policy and international affairs. Sam’s undergraduate degree was in Philosophy and the broad skills he gained allowed him to successfully complete a Grad Certificate of Public Policy and Management followed by a Master of International Affairs. Sam believes the School lends itself to embracing students from a variety of backgrounds.

“The School does a marvellous job of channelling students’ skills from their various backgrounds into the kinds of skills which are useful and valuable to employers in the areas of policy and international relations.”

Students are able to connect with leading academic staff, who have extensive experience in a range of fields across development, international affairs, and public policy. This allows students to gain essential insight as well as enhance their professional networks. Sam added “I enjoyed engaging with rigorous theory as well as getting inside perspectives from lecturers and speakers with many years of experience working in public institutions. I also benefited from meeting with a very diverse cohort, from many different countries and many different backgrounds.”

Sam has now been successful in being offered a Graduate Officer position with the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. “Without the well-rounded education I received at the Sir Walter Murdoch School, I would have stood little chance of finding a position at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. I learned the language of policy and diplomacy, absorbed the theory, and got practical experience via a semester-long internship at the Public Sector Commission.”

“It is increasingly difficult to get work straight after an undergraduate degree these days, and the Sir Walter Murdoch School was a great bridge between university skills and professional expectations. For undergraduate students who are unsure of what they want to do, or simply interested in the systems which shape local and international economies and political systems, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”