A global outlook and valuable life experience are some of the key attributes of Griffith graduates.

That’s according to Richard Watkinson, a Gold Coast-­based director at KPMG.

An international network of firms providing auditing, tax and advisory services, KPMG operates in 155 countries and employs more than 174,000 staff, with a number of Griffith graduates joining the ranks of the company’s Brisbane and Gold Coast offices.

Our experience with Griffith graduates is that often they are well travelled and bring some valuable life experience to the professional environment.

Richard Watkinson

KPMG director

"Working in a global firm requires skillsets that can be difficult to teach in the classroom and this is when that additional life experience counts. It’s great that Griffith offers numerous pathways for students to gain these experiences."

Peta Wilton, who studied a double degree in law and commerce, is among those Griffith graduates to take up positions with KPMG. She says the practical knowledge earned through her degree, as well as opportunities seized via Griffith Honours College, an overseas internship and Griffith’s Industry Mentoring Program, has given her a competitive edge.

"The experiences I have gained through Griffith University, combined with my own determination to seek them out and make the most of them, have helped to make me a very competitive graduate entering the professional world," she says.

Mr Watkinson says Peta’s experience indeed presented a professional advantage.

"Peta had exceptional academic results but her extra­curricular activities, including her overseas experiences gained through Griffith, certainly helped her stand out from the crowd as a great candidate," he says.

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