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Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Law

Sarah Bairstow joined Santos in 2010 as a corporate lawyer on the $18.5 billion Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.

She was later appointed as corporate lawyer with the project's LNG marketing team before being promoted to the commercial position of LNG marketing manager, where she is directly responsible for the negotiation of long-term sale and purchase agreements with some of the world's largest LNG corporations.

She highlights her training at Griffith as a key factor to her professional progress.

"Griffith University is a unique promoter of change, encouraging students to think objectively and to seek out opportunities and solutions in areas not previously considered," she says.

"This mentality has equipped me with the ability to continually evolve in a business environment, to see change as opportunity and to stay on the front foot in a global business environment.

"I credit this primarily to Griffith's encouragement of critical thinking, to challenge the status quo and to continue to pursue opportunities others may not initially recognise.

Sarah advises current students to stay connected with colleagues, both old and new.

"You never know where life will take you," she says.

"It's generally the relationships you make along the way that serve as the best sounding boards for risks and opportunities."

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