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John Persico
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws 2007 and
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 2007

According to graduate John Persico, 'Deakin is a thriving, down-to-earth and responsive tertiary institution that continues to promote technical excellence and is making enormous inroads into Australian life.' This was a major reason for him choosing to study at Deakin.

Mr Persico was also impressed with the 'friendly support' he received from Deakin staff during his six years of study.

'A crucial point of differentiation between Deakin staff and staff of other academic universities is the open door policy and friendly learning environment,' he said.

'I have always prized the ability to open and freely question many aspects of academic curricula. Across my six years at Deakin, I found its staff to be very friendly and incredibly receptive to fresh thinking.'

Mr Persico was a high-achieving student and enjoyed many other opportunities that were provided to him by the University, including an overseas study trip to Europe for a semester.

'I was fortunate enough to receive a fully paid law scholarship to Mannheim University in Germany for six months; receive an Economic Honours Scholarship from the Ronald Henderson Research Foundation for my thesis: The Economics of Caregiving: The Cost of Providing Care; win the inaugural Deakin Think Tank Championship and play alongside my younger brother in several Deakin Men's Volleyball Teams at state and national level - and all this occurred because of Deakin,' he said.

After graduating with his double-degree in 2007, Mr Persico was soon employed by the Private Equity Division of KPMG as an Analyst and said that his role is 'challenging but enjoyable'.

'At KPMG , our clients include many of Australia's leading Private Equity houses and our role is to help originate and execute mid-market transactions across many industry sectors,' he said.

'Private equity continues to present many broad, exciting and value-adding opportunities to an already vibrant Australian economy. Far beyond the misconceptions around financial engineering, Private Equity practitioners have an exceptional ability to create value - especially in terms of job creation, shareholder wealth and customer wellbeing.

'The majority of my day-to-day tasks are client-orientated. I employ a variety of skill-sets daily, including; valuations, modelling, presentations and generating commercial insights. Most technical training is on-the-job. Work hours can be long and deadlines can often be very tight, however I thoroughly enjoy interacting with talented people on a daily basis and getting access to the unlimited career opportunities that a financial career presents.'

In the foreseeable future, John plans to further develop his career in the Australian financial sector and remain an active member of the Deakin Alumni Community.

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