October 16, 2018

Uni student to deputy mayor in just 10 years

It’s only 10 years since James Griffin began his BA degree as one of the first students on Notre Dame’s Sydney campus. Today he is deputy Mayor of Manly.

It’s only 10 years since James Griffin began his BA degree as one of the first students on Notre Dame’s Sydney campus. Today he is deputy Mayor of Manly.

As one of the first students to enrol at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney campus, James Griffin is part of a wonderful success story.

James began his Bachelor of Arts degree at Notre Dame in 2006. Graduating three years later, he is now a director of digital consulting at KPMG and deputy Mayor of Manly.

“It was an interesting and exciting time to be starting as part of the first cohort here in Sydney, I certainly appreciated being a part of what I knew was going to grow into something fantastic,” James said.

The former St Mary’s Cathedral College student said Notre Dame provided vital and useful preparation for his digital consulting and political work.

“Throughout my time at the university, both the course and staff really put some clarity around where it was I could go and what it was I could do,” James said.

“I didn’t know what I quite wanted when I started studying, though I knew in broad terms that I was interested in politics, business and digital technology. I found right from the application process and discussion with staff through to lectures and to graduation that Notre Dame guided me. And together with the great networking connections I made through the university I was really able to clarify what I was studying and walked out of university into a job which was great.”

James said he found that employers had a great appreciation of the type of student that comes out of Notre Dame.

“Notre Dame assisted me to establish the foundations for thinking broadly about the deeper things in life. This experience continues to influence my role as deputy Mayor of Manly Council.”

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