Griffith trio among Australia’s most employable graduates

Christina Ruiz, centre, with fellow major winners at the GradConnection Top 100 awards dinner in Sydney
Christina Ruiz, centre, with other major winners at the GradConnection Top 100 awards dinner in Sydney

Three Griffith University graduates have made the prestigious GradConnection list of Australia’s top 100 most employable students of 2014.

The trio comprises Griffith Business School graduate Christina Ruiz (Finance and Accounting) — who also won the Westpac Group Accounting and Financial Services Top 100 Award — and Engineering graduates Brodie Chan (Civil Engineering) and Krystine Chung (Electronic and Biomedical Engineering).

GradConnection links graduates with prospective employers offering positions, programs, work experience and internships across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Launched in 2008, it is partnered with more than 200 active employers across 40 industries.

Applicants for the Top 100 list undergo a rigorous selection process and Christina, who has also represented Australia in surf lifesaving, was singled out by the judges for the Westpac-sponsored award for her maturity, drive and outstanding achievements.

“For the first step in my full-time career, I would like to work in a graduate program that provides me with the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed,” she says.

Brodie Chan head shot
Brodie Chan

“The quotation I live my life by is ‘If it is to be, it’s up to me’. You can’t rely on other people to make things happen. As an individual, I am motivated to be the best that I can be and never stop wanting to challenge my skills and myself.”

As well as working as a sessional tutor for the Griffith School of Engineering and as an undergraduate civil engineer with Brisbane consultancy GHD, Brodie Chan is the outgoing Chief Operations Officer for ENACTUS Griffith University, which supports the local community via student-run engagement projects.

“My long-term goal is to make a difference to society through being part of a team that delivers sustainable infrastructure,” he says.

Krystine Chung head shot
Krystine Chung

Meanwhile, having completed her Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) in 2014, Krystine Chung is a laboratory demonstrator for multiple undergraduate engineering courses at Griffith. A former recipient of the University Medal and the Award for Academic Excellence, Krystine was listed among the Top 20 most employable graduates.

The 2014 GradConnection Top 100 Awards dinner was held at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.