Many of Sydney's top legal and business firms come to St Patrick's first when seeking new graduates to hire for entry-level career positions. Why? Our graduates have a reputation for being polished, professional and trained in the skills needed to keep up and get ahead in the modern business environment.
Over 95% of St Patrick's full-time Diploma students step straight into jobs as soon as they graduate, many of them on starting salaries of between $40-45k per annum - and after just 40 weeks of study. St Patrick's has been recognised by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) for setting an industry benchmark with our high graduate completion rates. We believe our success is in our dedicated Job Placement Program and the enviable Career Partner Network that we have built up over many years, as Sydney's oldest and most prestigious vocational education business training college.
We believe our tailored curriculum approach is key to the St Patrick's Pathway to Success, and is what sets us apart from other business colleges. St Patrick's has a dedicated Job Placement Program embedded within the study year, which provides coaching and mentoring for our full-time Diploma students throughout the year to not only help them identify their chosen career path, but to give them the best possible chance of stepping straight into a city career on graduation.
St Patrick’s students undergo intensive interview preparation as part of the tailored business curriculum provided to those studying full-time Diploma courses in Business and Business Administration. This involves presentation skills, writing a resume and coaching on how to answer interview questions effectively.
As part of our dedicated Job Placement Program, St Patrick's students undergo intensive interview preparation as part of our tailored business curriculum. Our students are required to draft resumes; prepare, practice and present for interviews; and are coached through the interview process on how to prepare ahead for potential questions and how to answer these effectively. Students are also required to research companies and industries they are interested in starting a career with, to gain a comprehensive understanding of organisational profiles and desired skills and attitudes of its employees.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Extra-curricular professional development workshops are also held throughout the year, starting with the Professional Presentation Workshop held as part of Student Induction Day each year. This two hour session with a corporate trainer is aimed at making sure our students stay one step ahead in the interview and job search process, which is a key focus from day one of the 40-week full-time Diploma courses. This is followed by two Social Media for Business workshops, introducing students to online tools for time and process management that will assist them in hitting the ground running in the dynamic business environment of the 21st century. Students are also coached in the importance of their 'personal brand' on social media in the lead up to applying for jobs and attending interviews.
For a week in September, each of our students receives a work placement in the industry of their choice. In the lead up to this, we help them identify the kind of roles and industries they are interested in embarking on in their first steps of their career. This involves drafting Letters of Introduction to companies they would like to experience working at, which provides them with a keen insight into how to professionally approach organisations in the first steps of their careers. The work placement itself is invaluable for providing them a real experience of working life within their chosen industry.
COACHING AND MENTORING
St Patrick's has an ethos of providing individual attention to each student to ensure they achieve their personal best, and to give them the best possible head start in their careers. We believe that our focus on nurturing our soon-to-be graduates through the Job Placement process gives them an edge over other candidates when it comes time to attending real-life interviews. We have proudly enabled many young adults over the past nine decades step confidently in the direction of their dreams and brand-new career.
We have built up an enviable network of career partners over the years across a broad spectrum of industries including legal, accountancy, health, property management, transport, travel and business. This includes prestigious legal and consulting firms such as Allens Linklaters, Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Ernst & Young, Henry Davis York, MinterEllison and King & Wood Mallesons.
LAW FIRM GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Each year we have several high-profile legal firms present their Graduate Programs to our students, either at our campus or through field visits to the firms' offices. These presentations provide our students with an insight into the organisational culture of the firms, and the desirable skills and attitudes the firms are seeking in employees. Students are also provided with details on how to apply for the firms’ Graduate Programs, what requirements they need to meet, and the due dates for applications.
CAREER PARTNER FEEDBACK
Feedback from firms in St Patrick’s Career Partner program is universally glowing, that reaffirms that St Patrick’s students truly stand out from the rest:
“We recently interviewed a number of St Patrick’s students for an entry-level position available within our company, and the most difficult part of it was making the choice between so many excellent candidates. St Patrick’s has good reason to be really proud of each of their students, we were impressed by every single one we met. Outstanding candidates, professional presentation, and a credit to their training at St Patrick’s.” - Anthony Herro, Principal Solicitor, Herro Solicitors .
PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO GRADUATE
Just some of our past and returning employers and work placement providers include:
|OUR CAREER PARTNERS
|Baker & McKenzie
|Carroll and O'Dea
|Corrs Chambers Westgarth
|Ernst & Young
|King & Wood Mallesons|
|The Police Association of NSW|
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Career Partners and employers of St Patrick's graduates, for recognising the value of their industry-relevant business training and for providing them with the opportunity for a fantastic head start in life.