Notre Dame ‘foodie’ takes Business degree and celebrity endorsement to Japan

Declhan Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Marketing & Public Relations
at Notre Dame’s 2016 December Graduation Ceremony.
He will head to Japan for further study and to continue his career at Nobu.

4 January 2017

Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Serena Williams, Robert De Niro and One Direction are some of the world’s biggest celebrity identities. Thankfully, a Notre Dame Business graduate is on-hand to ensure those celebrities, and all guests, have the best dining experience in Perth.

Declhan Lee has spent the past two years in the role of Maitre’d at Crown Perth’s Nobu Restaurant. In a high-pressure environment, Declhan’s organisational and communication skills must be exemplary to ensure the smooth and effective running of the restaurant and to maintain customer satisfaction.

It is a combination of this hands-on experience, a love of food and the successful completion of a Marketing & Public Relations degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, which will take Declhan to Japan to further his career options.

In March 2017, Declhan will head to Osaka to complete a Master’s degree in Asian Studies. He will continue to work remotely for Nobu on an e-commerce venture he helped initiate during his student internship at the restaurant’s Tokyo base. A four-week industry placement is part of each degree delivered through Notre Dame’s School of Business.

“I’m most looking forward to being permanently based in a country and culture that I love, and a place where people are as obsessed with food as I am,” Declhan said.

“Looking ahead, I would like to try to break into the world of international consulting to become the bridge for companies looking to expand into Japan or Japanese companies looking to expand into the west. Helping firms understand cultural, linguistic and personal preference differences between the markets and how best to target and advertise in these spaces is something I am passionate about.”

Declhan says his Notre Dame experience has given him a strong platform to excel in the global business community. He encouraged future business students to seek a breadth of industry experience whilst at university to enhance their employment prospects.

“Being able to apply the marketing knowledge I gained through my studies into a practical environment during my internship placement within the marketing team for Nobu in Tokyo was invaluable,” Declhan said.

“I strongly believe that an employer is always going to prefer the candidate with real-world workplace and industry experience. It is challenging to strike this work, life and study balance but with correct management skills, you can set yourself up to be ahead of the game come graduation time.”

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