Luke Griffiths

Portrait of Luke Griffiths Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce 2005

I chose Deakin because... 
Dad studied at Deakin at Waurn Ponds and ended up lecturing there as well. My older sister also completed an Arts/Law degree at Deakin so I suppose it was only natural that I chose to study there. Melbourne wasn't hugely appealing to me, so I ended up living in Torquay and studying in Geelong, which was great.

After leaving uni... 
I worked in the polling and public relations department of an international research company in Melbourne. I dealt with senior executives and politicians, as well as editing and writing company reports and press releases. After three years in that position I resigned and went travelling and working overseas for almost four years and returned to Australia in mid 2011. I was 25 when I left Australia and although I missed out on a significant time of professional experience, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Studying and travelling definitely complement each other.

At uni I was inspired...
 
Learning about people and movements who were so certain of their convictions that they would do anything within their means to achieve their end goal. I didn't necessarily have to agree with what they were fighting for to find it inspiring.

I am currently... 
Working as a journalist for the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times. The head office is in Torquay. Most of the work I did overseas was freelance journalism so it's the first 9-5 job I've had in five years! 

It's really good to be working within a small crew and the workplace has a great feel to it. My best friend and I have just launched a small food-related business, which has been getting great feedback. I don't see myself living in Torquay forever, but I don't see myself living in a massive city anytime soon either.

Today, I am motivated by... 
Not underachieving. I think we all know what we are capable of and making an effort to achieve that is a constant source of motivation. To me, being comfortable and getting the best out of myself are without doubt mutually exclusive.

In my profession it is important... 
Not be influenced by anything other than the truth and fairness. I've read about and heard stories from journalists who have had jobs where the commercial pressures override that balance. That's not for me.

Professionally, my proudest achievement is... 
Getting a job in France when I couldn't even speak the language. I was living in Edinburgh before moving to Bordeaux. Despite speaking only very basic French I had a job within a week. Perseverance and a smile can go a long way!  

I feel a strong connection with... 
Australia. I feel lucky that I'm proud of the country where I come from because I've met so many people who aren't. No matter what I do in the future or how much I travel, Australia will always be home, and that's good connection to have. We really are the lucky country.

Success to me is... 
Waking up in the morning and doing something you really enjoy. I don't feel as though I have to earn $250,000 a year to feel successful – although that would be nice!

In the future I would like to... 
Be my own boss. Who wouldn't like that? I'm slowly putting together a few things in place that will make that a reality, but it'll take time. My ultimate aim is to produce documentaries, whether my own or other people's, but in the meantime, I just want to keep learning from successful people.

The single-most important issue in the world is... 
Advancement in technology. Progression is natural, but we need to be careful that it's balanced with protecting people's privacy.

The best things I would recommend about Deakin are…
The quality of the teaching staff and the range of subject that are on offer. Also, studying in Geelong allowed me to live in Torquay, so close to the Great Ocean Road, which I think is one of the most picturesque places in the world.

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