Griffith Student Uses Postgrad Study in International Law to Drive Career Success

David Lyons, Master of Global Law, online

David Lyons, Master of International Law online student

Completing Griffith’s Graduate Certificate in International Law has opened career doors online student David Lyons once only dreamt about. David, an industrial relations specialist with over 20 years’ experience which includes OHS and employment law, says the degree perfectly complements his practical knowledge in this field and has given him the formal qualifications necessary to take the next step in his career.

David said the highlight of undertaking the Graduate Certificate was gaining entry as an Associate Member of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. “I was already a student member thanks to studying at Griffith Uni, then being admitted as Associate Member due to the qualification, on top of 20 years of experience in arbitration.”

No stranger to study, David began an earlier law degree after more than a decade working in the Building Industry but left before graduating after he found employment with the union movement; this is where his industrial relations career in the Australian construction, infrastructure, and resources industry began.

The driver to study again didn’t happen until nearly a decade after his start in the Building Industry. He was the principal consultant in his firm when economic conditions prompted him to make a return to the classroom: “When the resources sector was booming my firm was doing extremely well, but when the bottom fell out of the market, business plummeted.”

It was the employment-focused social network LinkedIn that further prompted David to undertake a postgraduate qualification.

“I was browsing on LinkedIn one day and I saw the ad for the Grad Cert / Masters. I thought it sounded interesting.”

Despite it being over 20 years since he last studied, David soon re-acquainted himself with the academic austerity of university and the new world of online study, even going on to achieve a high distinction for his first subject.

“I spent the first couple of weeks with my law dictionary in one hand and an academic dictionary in the other,’’ he laughs.

He credits his lecturers and the student support team who helped him not only with achieving high academic success but also with helping him get used to studying in an online environment. “Study in an online space was new to me”.

Despite it being a new learning environment, David found the flexibility of online study a huge advantage.   “I really enjoyed the flexibility of the study – if I was busy at work one week, I could reduce my hours and then add more on slower work weeks.”

Following his completion of the Graduate Certificate of International Law, David has now enrolled in Griffith’s Master of International Law and hopes to continue working in arbitration law both here in Australia and abroad.