Passion to Profession

How to make Volunteering work for your career

If you’ve been involved in volunteering, you’ll know what a fulfilling and rewarding experience it can be. Volunteering allows you to give your time and bring your skills to areas that would benefit from both, plus it improves your interpersonal skills, confidence, and employability. But how do you translate the skills you’ve learnt through volunteering to a potential employer?

This is where Passion to Profession comes in.

Triple J's Hack presenter, Tom Tilley, hosts Passion to Profession: an exciting career development event that will inspire you to get the most out of your volunteering experience. UON Volunteers, C&S Executives, Student Mentors, PASS Leaders and Student Ambassadors are all invited to attend this special evening.

When: 6.30pm, Thursday, 24 August
Where: Godfrey Tanner Bar, Callaghan

Registrations for this event are essential.

Ready to register? Click here.

Find out how to both describe and leverage the skills you’ve learnt from volunteering into gaining employment. Receive advice, have your questions answered and talk with a panel of experts.

Your Host | Tom Tilley

Tom Tilley is living his dream job as the host of Hack, shoving the J into journalism. Hack covers youth current affairs, music, politics and culture with youth in mind. When he’s not talking to world leaders or making lewd fashion statements, you’ll find him playing the bass and/or engaging in alpine sports.

Your Panellists


Charlotte McCabe

Charlotte has been working for The Wilderness Society for two years as a community organiser. She runs two day trainings in community organising in Newcastle and manages two volunteer teams.

She has been involved in the environment movement for twenty years in across Australia in a broad range of campaigns and community projects.


James Callender

James currently works in International New Business for nib Health Funds and has worked in a variety of roles including stakeholder engagement, marketing, corporate finance and tax accounting.

James is the President of Hunter Young Professionals, Vice President of The University of Newcastle’s Hunter Alumni Network, and a member of the Salvation Army Hunter Divisional Commanders Advisory Council and cites founding a student association has been one of his proudest moments to date.

He credits his volunteering experience as being a catalyst for professional development and career progression, and is a strong advocate for engaging recent graduates and young professionals in the professional community.


Monique Maguire

Monique has been at the helm of OzHarvest Newcastle since 2010. Monique considers herself a ‘people person’ and the 13 years she spent in uniform in the NSW Police Force, as well as having worked in real estate, retail and accounting, have exposed her to people from all walks of life. When she is not organising the Newcastle operation you will find her watching the Newcastle Knights or spending time with her family.


Rick Prosser

Rick is one of Newcastle's passionate contributors and is involved in many things, most of which are purposed to help people and contribute to our community.

In 2004, he established RUSH Youth Mentoring, a school based mentoring program for vulnerable youth that placed a significant adult mentor into their lives.  In 2012 he established CityServe, a unique partnership between council, business, churches and community organisations that mobilised volunteers to do community painting, cleaning and gardening projects that benefit the community.

Currently Rick is also CEO of Soul Café, providing 700 meals+ a week and other assistance to the homeless, those who have mental health, drug, alcohol or substance abuse problems.


Ali Kimmorley

Ali is the co-founder of peoplefusion, a Newcastle-based recruitment agency. Ali has more than 15 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and is passionate about finding the very best talent for her clients.

Ali’s passion for placing the best people in the right roles is matched by her passion for fundraising and volunteering for children’s charities Camp Quality and Harry’s House.

Over recent years Ali has completed a number of physical challenges to raise money for Camp Quality, including: 3 x 1000km bike rides, Kokoda Track, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, The Sandakan Death Marches in Borneo, and The Larapinta Trail.


Mark Trevaskis

Mark Trevaskis (a Newcastle University alumni) is currently the Project Coordinator for Volunteers at Newcastle City Council. With more than 20 years of experience as a social worker, he has worked with the NSW State Government in Child Protection Services, been Executive Director of a Not for Profit Organisation (Best Buddies Australia) and held senior management roles. He has extensive experience in both Out of Home Care and Disability Services.

Mark began his volunteer experience when he was 16 years old, building and leading a volunteer kids camp program in Wagga Wagga. For the past 15 seasons, he has been an active member of Surf Life Saving at both Coogee and Red Head Beach. Outside of work Mark is also a running tragic and a lover of motorcycles.