What to do when JobKeeper ain't cutting it

Our What to do when JobKeeper ain't cutting it Careers Chat Panel was held on Tuesday 18 August, 2020.

​In this Career Chat, we brought together a panel of experts to discuss ways to take advantage of a tight job market and develop your skills. We discussed why it's important to consider new industries, work experience, training options and more to enhance your established transferable skills and degree knowledge to keep your employability on track.

Our panelists for this Career Chat were:

Emily Bowen

Growth & Partnerships Manager for Forysthes Recruitment & HR, and Co-Host of the ‘My Millennial CareerL My Millenial Career’ Podcast

Emily is a recruitment and customer experience specialist, obsessively curious about the daily collision between business and humans, she can most often be heard advocating for a career self-reliance mindset – that means your own work and career is on you! Herself an University of Newcastle Alumni, Emily also actively supports 'hunter young professionals (hyp)' to develop young leaders, and in 2020 is formally partnering with the organisation to deliver a leadership coaching program to hyp’s Member of the Month recipients.

Kathy Mee

University of Newcastle Associate Professor & Program Conveyor of the B. Development Studies, Deputy Head of Discipline Geography & Environmental Studies, Editor in Chief of the ‘Australian Geographer’.

Kathy won the University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998, the Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 and 2017 and the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning (Science) in 2017. Her commitment to teaching and aiding students is second to none; evident in her development of the highly successful Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for Development Studies & Human Geography allowing students to gain experience working with external organisations, & reflection on the implications of this process for their career development.

Rory Duff

Current student of the Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The University of Newcastle, and Vice President of the UON Business & Commerce Association (UON BUSCOM).

Rory started studying with the University of Newcastle in a combined Bachelor of Business and Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2017. Since then, Rory has had the opportunity to travel with the University to three countries, completing internships and travelling with the New Columbo New Colombo Plan Scholarship. In 2019 Rory was elected as Vice President of the Business and Commerce Association where he has been able to give back to the uni, through supporting his peers. Most recently Rory has been given the opportunity to complete a summer as a vacationer with KPMG in their Solutions, Innovations & Ventures Team.

Renée Smith

Senior Careers Consultant for the Careers Service at The University of Newcastle.

Renée Smith has been a Careers Consultant with the University of Newcastle for 13 years and has a background in Organisational Psychology. She is currently the Senior Careers Consultant and Team Leader of the Careers Service's Student Engagement team. Along with working directly with students, Renée works closely with academics to design and deliver embedded employability across curriculum and enhancing student engagement with Careers.

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