RMIT Vietnam NewsRMIT alumnus connects international graduates across Asia

RMIT alumnus connects international graduates across Asia

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 16:34

RMIT Executive MBA alumnus Shane Dillon is the co-founder of the largest, most diverse community of international students in Asia, the International Alumni Job Network (IAJN). 

Shane Dillon moved to Vietnam in 2007, and started his life here as a mathematics teacher before working for an Insurance company as an administrative financial officer. He was then awarded the RMIT Asia Graduate Centre Scholarship for the EMBA program at RMIT Vietnam.

“The MBA course at RMIT Vietnam was so interesting and useful for my own business,” Shane said.

The Australian expat added that the management experience of the lecturers along with his colleagues’ support helped him greatly in setting up two companies during the program.

Shane Dillon and co-founder Kate Harden devised IAJN because of two problems they had observed while living in Vietnam.

“It’s difficult for employers to find talented candidates with a high level of English and experience of working in different cultures,” Shane said.

Additionally, he explained, Vietnamese students who might have spent many years in foreign countries had limited networks when they arrived back in Vietnam.

International Alumni Job Network connects international students who have graduated from Australian, UK, Canadian, US, European and New Zealand universities with each other and with top employers across Asia.

Launched in May 2016, the community already has over 60,000 members, has attracted over 250,000 engagements and is now working with employers including Microsoft, Agoda, Prudential, Vinacapital, Zalora and many others.

Shane Dillon and his colleagues at their launch event in Vietnam.

The alumni membership continues to grow at nearly 1000 new members per week, with multiple events planned in the coming months for alumni to meet and engage with one another in a social setting.

‎Much more than just a community to find a job and connect with employers however, Shane is hoping that IAJN will help members find a mentor, find an internship, as well as place experienced senior executives in high-performing companies all over Asia.

RMIT Vietnam, as part of its ongoing commitment to provide career pathways for graduates, has recently signed a partnership with IAJN.

Open to all RMIT students, alumni can register through the partner site - Australian Alumni Job Network at http://aa-jn.com/register-now

Story: Khanh Phung