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image James Osenaris

James Osenaris
Bachelor of Commerce 2006


I am currently...
Working at global food manufacturer Heinz, where I am a National Account Manager taking care of the Woolworths account.

I chose Deakin because...
Of the great reputation of the University and also the personable and friendly culture that other graduates told me about.

After leaving uni I...

Took some time off to travel, before taking up a graduate position with global cosmetic company L’Oreal.

At uni I was inspired by...

The course content and the excitement to one day apply these skills in the real world.  I was also passionate about making a difference on-campus through my involvement with the Deakin Commerce Society.

Today, I am motivated by...
Achieving strong results in my career and enjoying a balanced lifestyle with my family and friends.  Also, the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities to further improve my business skills and acumen.

In my profession it is important to...
Think and act quickly, yet professionally.  It is also important to communicate well both internally and externally and always look to find win-win scenarios with all stakeholders.  Finally, to engage in lifelong learning and never think that there is nothing left to learn, no matter what position you are in.

Professionally, my proudest achievements to date...

Are negotiating win-win outcomes after analysing the situation and presenting a strategic plan to overcome obstacles.  Also seeing plans generated by a simple idea and driving the process from start to finish.

I feel a strong connection with...
Deakin University as I have engaged in lifelong learning with the University and also have been given the opportunity to network with some great people.  I also have a strong connection with the Darebin Giants Basketball Club who gave me great work experience as club manager through my undergraduate years.  It is these experiences that arm me with the right skills to apply in my professional career.

Success to me
...
Is measured by an individual’s ability to take an idea or issue and make it better.  I believe you should always try and raise the bar in everything that you do.  It might be something small but you should always try and achieve great results throughout your career and also in your personal pursuits.  It is also important that success is achieved ethically.

In the future I would like to...

Continue to climb the corporate ladder, but have the opportunity to further develop my business skills and learn off some great mentors along the way.  I also want to always have co-curricular involvement whether it be through Deakin or other organisations.  I also wouldn’t mind getting back into radio broadcasting one day.

The single-most important issue in the world is
...
Overcoming social issues that are taking over our generation (violence, drugs, gambling and alcohol).  It is also important that our generation do not undo all the hard work done by previous generations who did not have the same outside pressures and opportunities to dispose income like we do.

The best things I would recommend about Deakin is...

The personable culture.  You are not just a number at Deakin and as long as students are able to engage with the University both academically and socially then there is a great opportunity to achieve at Deakin.

My course helped my career...

By getting the theoretical framework of business to then apply these skills in my career and personal life.  Also, meeting some great people who I am still friends with today.

During my time at Deakin...

I got involved with the Commerce Alumni Chapter Committee because I am passionate to continue my co-curricular involvements and promote lifelong learning.  It is great to network with some fantastic people.  I also think that we have come such a long way in five years and I see enormous potential for the Deakin's alumni to continue to grow moving forward.

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27th August 2013