Planning the right move for your future

Holly Riddle, who recently graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations, stepped straight into her business career based on the industry connections she developed at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Holly Riddle, who recently graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations, stepped straight into her business career based on the industry connections she developed at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Received your ATAR but still undecided on a university degree catered to your needs? Students can still apply to study at the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2016.
With a diverse range of course offerings and academic pathways, Notre Dame empowers students to develop skills and confidence in order to succeed in their chosen field. The University’s aim is to ensure all students have every opportunity to make a positive contribution in their communities.

At the university’s Course Information Day on Tuesday, 5 January, 2016, ATAR recipients and mature students can speak with Notre Dame career advisers, explore their university options and can even leave enrolled as a Notre Dame student on the day!

A high quality educational experience and a high rate of graduate employment are two findings that set the university apart from its peers in recently published data from the Federal Government.

The new Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website reveals that Notre Dame is in the top two universities nationally for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ (qilt.edu.au).

The university also has the highest results in teaching quality, learner engagement and student support, as rated by current undergraduate students.

The university is also the highest in the ‘Graduate Employment Rate’ category in Sydney and Fremantle with a full-time graduate employment rate of 82 per cent, well above the national average of 72.8 per cent.

This rings true for Holly Riddle who recently graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations, and stepped straight into her business career based on the industry connections she developed at Notre Dame.

Holly said the on-the-job experience – embedded in the university’s Business degrees – helped her secure what became full-time employment in the industry on graduation.

“I’ve been able to develop strong industry connections which have led me straight into a job before I even graduated,” Holly said.

The former NSW Central Coast St Joseph’s College student said she wanted to become a marketing professional with the ability to work across a multitude of niches in the industry.

“Working in an agency right now is providing me the opportunity to try my skills in a range of roles and responsibilities and see what I enjoy the most. But the goal is initially to be seen as a value add to any agency that I work in or role that I assume.”

A career in Human Rights Law and Development is the aim of Lara Hayek when she completes her studies at Notre Dame.
Lara, who is currently undertaking a combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, said her time at Notre Dame had broadened her interest and awareness in human rights and the injustices in today’s world and strengthened her ambition to work towards improving them.

“It is about giving a voice to the silenced and to unveil and rectify injustice with education, reason and passion,” Lara said.

“I have learnt that it’s our small conversations and actions that are responsible for our culture and future generations.”

Lara said she had found Notre Dame “unique and amazing”. She said: “It’s about fearlessly sharing ideas, critically questioning, seeking and discovering truth together. It’s both challenging and inspiring; it is person forming and life changing.”

Future primary school teacher Max Agapitos wants to be a motivational teacher and passionately believes in linking health and fitness to educational performance. “I want to be a leader in my field and drive a school, students and learning into the future, with the help of mentors and staff along the way,” the third-year Notre Dame Primary Education student said.

During his time at the university, Max said he had learnt that success involved more than just focussing on your field of study. “I’ve learnt the importance of a community-minded approach and working with passionate people. I believe you need a community-minded approach when seeking opportunity within sporting and leadership groups,” he said.

Max said he would take away from Notre Dame “a love for working with people in a place that felt comfortable to express yourself, as well as life-long connections, positive learning experiences and skills from working with passionate people”.

Visit nd.edu.au/events/2016/course-information-day to register for Notre Dame’s Course Information Day.

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