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.

Jenny Russell, 1990 Graduate

“Initially out of college I worked in the Fashion Industry and then after a few years moved across to the Soft Furnishings Industry.  I took an opportunity to change from a Secretarial Role to a Product Coordinator, which involved shipping designer brand fabrics from the UK to our Interior Designer customer base throughout Australia.” 

“After 5 years my position moved to Melbourne, so I was offered another position of Sales Representative for NSW.  This involved travelling around NSW selling our product range to our customer base.”

“Also, at this time my husband and I started a Plumbing Business and to this day I continue to do the bookwork for this business. We employ 6 people most of the time – the business is currently in a growth period. We have been established for 20 years.”

“I am also currently working on a casual basis for a decorative lighting & furniture wholesaler in Client Service and Design.”

“In the 30 years since I graduated from Patrick’s College, I have continued to use the skills and career guidance I obtained on a daily basis, both as an Employee of business’ and in establishing and running our family business with by husband.”

Whether going straight into the workforce or onto other study – or both – I believe the practical skills that Patrick’s College offer will enable their graduating students to be valued in whichever career they choose.

“My husband and I have 3 Children, Georgia our eldest Daughter is now attending Patrick’s College.” 

Belinda Selby, 1990 Graduate

“I chose to study at Patrick’s as I was still undecided at the end of year 12 with what I wanted to do so decided to complete the course, gain some new skills and see what opportunities arose from that. At Patrick’s I enjoyed everything – all I learnt was so useful and put into place once I was out in the workforce.  I made many lifelong friends.”

“Patricks definitely helped me find a job.  I secured 3 jobs on completion of the course, one at a large law firm, one with the government and the other with a large building and construction company.  I chose the legal job, which 30 years later, I am still enjoying!”

“Since I left Patricks I have progressed greatly within my career, I have travelled the world and even had opportunities to work overseas within my international law firm with which I am employed.”  

“I would highly recommend Patricks – it has a great name with employers and companies.”

…….. Belinda’s own daughter is now a Patrick’s student in the Class of 2021 !

Belinda receiving her Testamur from Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, then Archbishop of Sydney

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Nicole Craig, 1990 Graduate

“I knew I did not want to go to University and that I would end up doing office work and the College had a very good reputation.”

“I really liked the lessons. From memory, back then the focus was primarily shorthand and typing majority of the day with a small component of bookkeeping and personal development. I thought the College was a great stepping-stone from high school into the workforce and it set me up for the opportunities that followed.”

“Deborah Stonley from Minter Ellison came to speak to the students about the Junior Secretarial Program she was recruiting for which was being offered at Minter Ellison. I remember thinking to myself at the time I want one of the positions! After that day I really tried hard to get my speeds up for shorthand and typing and lucky for me when the time came to interview for Minters, I was successful and got one of the positions (alongside Belinda Selby!). I think about 10 of us girls from Patrick’s secured roles in the Junior Secretarial Program at Minter Ellison that year.”

“My understanding is that at the time Minters just recruited for the Program through the College. If it were not for the College, that opportunity would not have arisen for me.”

“My first job out of College (which I got through the College) was at Minter Ellison in their Junior Secretarial Program. I stayed at Minters for approximately 61/2 years. From there I went to London and spent 11/2 years living, travelling, and working abroad. In London I did temp and contract work for law firms including Norton Rose and Clifford Chance in between my travels.

“When I came back to Australia, I knew Deborah Stonley had moved law firms and was then the Head of HR at Henry Davis York, so I reached out to her and ended up working there for 191/2 years and eventually worked for their Managing Partner. I stayed with HDY through to their merger with Norton Rose Fulbright before I decided it was time for a change. In 2018 I moved to NAB to work for the EGM of Client Coverage in Corporate & Institutional Banking.

“Patrick’s brought me a great opportunity when I was a fresh faced 19yr old and it set me up for success and paved the way for where I am today.”

Tracey Harmston, 1989 Graduate

Wanting to enter the workforce in a secretarial role after completing the HSC, I looked into secretarial courses and Patrick’s was offering further education that would be beneficial for me before entering the workforce.”

“I liked the structure of the course, shorthand in the morning and typing (on an electric typewriter) in the afternoon.  The guidance by teachers in both areas to help motivate you to secure employment.  Not to mention the experience of navigating public transport to the City every day.  The College was located at St Patrick’s on the Hill between Wynyard and Circular Quay.”

“Graduating in November 1989 I immediately entered full time employment with a legal firm as a Junior Secretary in the City, quickly and happily moving up to work for the Senior Partner who was head of the Property division.   I was employed for 11 years ending my time there to start our family.”

“I have two grown daughters the eldest is in her final year studying at UTS a Bachelor of Business and my youngest is attending Patrick’s.”

“We have been fortunate to have travelled to some wonderful destinations as a family both in Australia and overseas due to my husband’s work.  I have continued to work in administration part time while the girls were at school and for the last 10 years have more than loved my administration position at a primary school,  St Patrick’s.”

“As I attended and now my daughter is attending Patrick’s I would have no hesitation in recommending Patrick’s to anyone seeking employment in administration.  The skills received will see you employed in this chosen field for as long as you wish to be employed.  That has always been my belief.”