Graduate Testimonials

At Patrick’s College, we are very proud of our thousands of graduates. We hope you enjoy reading their inspiring stories below and we are currently working on acquiring more stories from graduates of 1923 to Present.

Claudia Pergola, 2020 Graduate

“I chose to study at Patrick’s College Australia as I had previously heard promising outcomes the course offered when compared to the outcome of a university degree.”

“I also liked the fact that during your studies the College’s Careers Advisor is there for students who wish to leave the college with a secured job. This is something that Universities do not always offer, which I believe is a great asset.”

I was fortunate enough to find a job in the exact field I had hoped for, being an Office Administrator and Reception Assistant for PTW Architects. I am currently loving my job role, the location, and the friendly staff I work amongst. I believe that the skills I was taught at Patrick’s has given me the basis of the appropriate training from which I can now grow from. Without my qualification from this business school, I wouldn’t have this amazing opportunity which I am extremely grateful for.”

“Since Patrick’s I have also continued studying Interior Design; followed by Advanced Interior Design which I will be graduating from at the end of 2021.”

“With the knowledge and training I have received from Patrick’s and the experience working in the firm, I hope to begin my own interior design establishment within the next couple years.”

Emma Sullivan, 2020 Graduate

“Choosing to study at Patrick’s was an easy decision. The syllabus was interesting and centered around practical, industry-standard practices.”

It was also evident that Patrick’s has highly valued partnerships with prestigious law firms and companies and has a proven high graduate employment success rate.”

“Having to wear corporate business attire and being in the middle of the Sydney CBD, provided a feel for the business life.”

“Patrick’s additional job ready skills such as interview training, preparation of resumes and job application letters, helped me with applying for positions within the final term of College.”

Within a week of submitting my applications, I was contacted and asked to attend interviews. Offered two employment opportunities, I was thrilled to accept full time employment as a Team Assistant at Ashurst - one of the largest law firms in Australia.”

“Since being at Ashurst, I have met some incredible people and later found out that many of my colleagues had previously graduated from Patrick’s College.  Patrick’s graduates are highly regarded and keenly sought!

“I will certainly continue to recommend Patrick’s as a place to study and grow, and to the future graduates… I hope to see some of you around the office!”

Lara O’Donnell
Lara O’Donnell, 2020 Graduate

I chose to study at Patrick’s College Australia for the profound reputation they hold.

I found a job through my education and the awesome connections the College has to the big firms in the city, I was fortunate enough to gain employment at the Crown Solicitors Office.

“The friendships I made at the college, the amazing teachers Dom and Sandra and going on the site visits were what I liked most about the College. I would 100% recommend Patrick’s to a family member or friend.”

Eva Alsaberi, 2019 Graduate

“I chose to study at Patrick’s College because I believed it would provide me with the knowledge and experience that is required in the business sector. I was also inspired by its thriving history of achievements and perseverance, and high rate of employment positions at big and very well-known firms.”

“I secured an Executive Assistant role at one of the top law firms in the Asia- Pacific region, Gilbert & Tobin. Both the theoretical and practical knowledge I gained at Patrick’s College were required to secure a place in such a big law firm.”

“It is also a real honor for me to hear the Human Resources Recruitment Department at Gilbert & Tobin always praising Patrick’s College and its former graduates on their hard work and perseverance. This makes me proud to have been a Patrick’s student.”

“After gaining a position at Gilbert + Tobin, I rotated into 3 different departments to be able to gain knowledge and understanding on how each one operates, to help me choose what is better for me. After some time, I have now decided to pursue further studies by committing to a Bachelor of Human Resource Management – Psychology. I am looking forward to gaining a position in HR department within the law firm.”

“I made precious memories at Patrick’s College. The teaching system was excellent and well – organized, both in the theoretical and practical sense. The lecturers are flexible, friendly, helpful, and very approachable. I would recommend the College to my family and friends.”

Bianca Burcher, 2018 Graduate

“I chose to study at Patrick’s as I was interested in completing a Diploma and getting a job in a law firm (which ended up being successful!). I now work full – time at Allens.

“I liked the atmosphere, the friends I made, and my teachers - Dom and Sandra.”

 “My sister Mia is currently studying at Patrick’s and I would definitely recommend the College to friends and family in the future.”

Kate Stephens, 2015 Graduate

“Following on from a work experience placement at Herbert Smith Freehills, I decided that a law firm was where I wanted to be when I left school.  I did not want to be a lawyer but thought that my organized, structured, and optimistic personality would put me in good stead for a supporting role.”

Not knowing quite where to start, I called every top tier law firm in the country and asked them where they would recruit from if they were looking for administration support.  Patrick's College was mentioned several times (one lady that answered my call was an alumnus herself!) so I applied immediately and graduated in 2015.”

“The culture of the college was what I valued the most along with its pragmatic approach.  There were no delusions of what the real world would be like when we entered the workforce – we were held accountable for our actions, shown the importance of being reliable and sticking to our word, expected to perform at a high standard and pushed to be proactive at all times.” 

“Before graduating from Patrick's College I was fortunate enough to secure a place on Clayton Utz' Legal Secretary Graduate Program. Access to this program was only made possible due to Patrick's College and I will be forever grateful for my time at Clayton Utz. The firm provided me with many opportunities to further develop my career and the contacts that I met are not only professionally inspiring but also now dear friends.

“After early completion of this graduate program I became a Legal Secretary Coordinator within the Corporate/M&A practice group.  I supported six authors one of which was a leading M&A Partner who also sat on the Board for Clayton Utz.  Additional to my primary supporting role, coordinator duties involved allocating fellow secretaries to vacant roles daily, assisting with performance reviews, managing leave requests as well as broader management of the secretaries within the Corporate group.

“This legal secretary role gave me direct access to clients, and I formed strong relationships with many of them.  This relationship building is what then led me into the firm's Business Development team (a team that I did not even know existed before I joined Clayton Utz!) where I began implementing strategic marketing and business development initiatives across various practice groups.”

“Fast forward several years, I now work at a global firm, Ashurst, and support Ashurst Advance - the firm's integrated "NewLaw" division.  We transform client service by working seamlessly alongside our legal experts to provide capabilities across advanced delivery, managed services, flexible resourcing, legal operations and digital.  I am responsible for managing Ashurst Advance's APAC client network and ensuring the continuous development of legal service delivery to clients.”

“Patrick's College prepared me for and provided unique access to, many Legal Secretary Graduate Programs which have since opened doors for me.  This opportunity has allowed me to perform in roles that I would never have dreamed of.  I now work alongside professionals who are the best in market and offer unrivalled experience and expertise.  As such, I would highly recommend Patrick's College.  Regardless of industry, the College prepares and equips students with tangible and pragmatic skills that set them up for success in the workforce.”

Capre Cleary
Capre Cleary, 2014 Graduate

“I chose to study at Patrick’s College as I had heard very positive reviews, and when I decided I was not going to sit my HSC, I decided Patrick’s would be more beneficial for me in the long run. Which I can now vouch was true!”

“I secured a job at Ashurst by the time I graduated, and I am now working at Allens as a Personal Assistant.”

“When I secured my role at Allens, they mentioned that having my Diploma of Business was a huge advantage in hiring me.”

“I have bought my own apartment and have started up a side business in the beauty industry.”

“I graduated in 2014 at the age of 16.”

“I learnt skills that I still carry to this day and made friends who I am still very close with and that’s what makes your time at Patrick’s memorable.”

Sarah Potts
Sarah Potts, 1999 Graduate

….from Executive Assistant to General Manager…

“I was aware of Patrick’s due to my grandmother, Norma Sheehan (nee Molloy), attending in the 1930’s (she also played a major role in organising the 50th Anniversary of the College!) and it was always spoken so highly of. For me, I felt Patrick’s provided a course that I was passionate about and gave me a sense of direction after high school to forge my future utilising the skillset I had and the career path I was enthused by. I attended in 1999 and completed the 12-month Course in Business Administration / Secretarial.”

“It was a college that encouraged diversity, different ways of thinking and every teacher was so encouraging of each student’s education. I also enjoyed the very special bond formed between my fellow students who are still close friends after 20 years.”

 “Nearing the completion of my course I was interviewed, via the college employment program, and commenced employment with Boyd House & Partners, a boutique legal firm in the city where I remained for 15 months and then moved to Gilbert & Tobin legal firm.”

“I remained in Sydney for 2.5 years after College and then travelled and worked overseas for 4.5 years. For 3 of those I was working for one of the world’s biggest law firms, Clifford Chance which was a phenomenal EA experience in London.”

“I have since had an incredible career, based in Sydney, for the past 13 years at Southern Cross Austereo, parent company of the national Hit (2DayFM), TripleM and LiSTNR audio networks. With 65 offices and 1700 employees nationally it is a joy to work in media and in such an innovative and forward-thinking company.  My first role at SCA was EA to Legal and my current role is General Manager, Sydney.”

“It has been a wonderful career journey thus far that has instilled in me that anything is possible. I hope this encourages current and future students of Patrick’s to follow their career dreams…. And trust me, the skills you learn at Patrick’s will forever be with you in the most positive of ways!

“I believe Patrick’s College is a wonderful experience and provides students with so many opportunities. Without Patrick’s as the foundation of my career I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Tenielle Symington
Tenielle Symington, 1999 Graduate

“I chose Patrick’s College as I had a number of friends who had previously attended and confirmed how great the college was.” 

“Our teachers were extremely approachable, encouraging and really pushed us to achieve our best.  You never felt like you were stuck in high school as you were treated like a mature adult. It really was a fabulous year and set us all up for a very bright future.”

“My Patrick’s education was the foundation of my career.  I was fortunate enough to secure the first job out of college with Baker McKenzie Law Firm who were offering four positions to Patrick’s College students.  I started as a Litigation Secretary, I then moved into HR in an administrative role which eventually led to me working for the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer.  From that first role, I have moved into a more senior role with every career move and I am currently supporting the CEO of Revesby Worker’s Club.”

“I have not moved around in my career too much since leaving College, I do like to show loyalty and dedication to my employer and generally only change roles when I feel like I need a new challenge and looking for career growth and the next step in my career.”

  I have held four positions since leaving College which include:

  • Baker McKenzie (8+ years employed)
    • Litigation Secretary
    • HR Administration
    • PA to Managing Partner;
  • TAL (6 + year employed)
    • Executive Assistant to Head of Corporate Governance
    • Corporate Communications Program Administrator
  • Department of Education and Training (4+ years employed)
    • School Admin Officer (returning from maternity leave)
    • Personal Assistant to School Principal
    • Executive Assistant to Director
  • Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd (6 months employed)
    • Executive Assistant to CEO

“In this time, I have had 3 beautiful children (aged 8, 6 and 3) and I am now a full-time working mum who is proudly juggling my work commitments in supporting a CEO and the ongoing demands of being a mother to three children.”

“When asked if I went to university my response has always been “I didn’t want to study for a further 4-5 years after school and I knew that College would give me the skills I needed to join the workforce”.  By the time I finished my 12 month Course at the College, I was earning more than friends who were leaving university after 4 years of study!”

“If you are highly driven, push yourself to succeed and always look for ways to climb the corporate ladder, College is the best platform to develop the foundations that you need to start your career.  21 years on from College, I am still grateful that I chose to attend Patrick’s because I am proud of what I do, I am proud of what I have achieved and this all started at Patrick’s College.”

Monique Hales
Monique Hales, 1991 Graduate

“I chose to go to Patrick’s because it had a fantastic reputation and guaranteed you a good job once you had obtained the skills. I went with my school friends and made new friends while I was there.  The girls in my class came from all over Sydney and from the Country as well.

“I was offered a job at White City Stadium with NSW Tennis as the Receptionist in Paddington.  I look back now and it was the most amazing job!”

“I have travelled the world and worked in London UK as a Secretary.”

“I went onto other amazing jobs over the years including roles in administration, stockbroking, computer companies, property and I am currently in Real Estate studying for my licence.”

“I now live in the Sutherland Shire and I am a mother to three teenagers.”

“I would highly recommend Patrick’s to a family member or friend to gain the skills I obtained as they have helped me achieve so many amazing things not only in the workforce but in life.