Sliding doors: Abraham Hito

By Seth Robinson

All kinds of doors open when you finish your undergraduate studies. For some, it’s not until they see what’s on the other side that they realise where their interests really lie. For Master of Management student Abraham Hito, this meant post-graduate study and a move to Melbourne.

Before coming to Melbourne, Abraham Hito completed his undergraduate studies at home in Jakarta, Indonesia focusing on Communications and Arts. Upon graduation, it wasn’t long before he found himself in the world of investment capital, in a role that made him think perhaps it was time to go in a different direction.

Abraham Hito

“I worked in that company for two and a half years,” he says. “It made me realise that I wanted to pursue a career in business, rather than communications, but to do that I’d need to study more, to build up my business knowledge and acumen. That’s why I chose the Master of Management, it allows me to touch every aspect of business. It’s aligned with what I want to be, a general manager or executive, as opposed to being focused on only one particular area.”

For Abraham, this revelation offered another opportunity, to broaden his horizons and add an international element to his education. He did his homework and when it came to Melbourne, he was impressed with what he saw.

“I really wanted an international education experience, and when I did my research it became clear Australia was one of the best, The University of Melbourne is really well known for its business faculty, and the city itself is known for offering a great international student experience. I think that in order to excel in your studies, you need to be able to settle down easily in the right environment. You have to love the city, and you have to love the university itself.”

And as far as Abraham is concerned, finding the right place is just the beginning. If you want to get the full international student experience and make the most of your studies, a willingness to get outside your comfort zone is essential.

“I came here and I barely knew anyone, so I joined in a lot of University activities where I made new friends. From there, it’s easy. If someone asks you to go out, just do it, because you never know, you may meet someone new. Aside from that, I joined the MBS Student Association where I’ve made friends from all over the world. Having friends from a rich variety of cultures expands your own perspective.”