Meet Our team
The Industry Engagement & Career Education and the International Development & Partnerships teams at the University of Adelaide are award winning. They're comprised of professionals from a range of backgrounds who work to support students and industry.
Our team are here to help:
- Students and graduates with career guidance and resources up to one year after completion of study,
- Employers, industry and recruiters to connect with the student body, student societies and academic colleagues,
- and academic and professional colleagues to deliver career education program and connect with our employer network.
Industry Engagement & Career Education
Fiona is currently acting as the Manager for the Industry Engagement and Career Education team, having previously worked as a Career Educator for a number of years. She is using her knowledge and passion to support the team, enabling them to provide the best possible service and advice to industry and students.
Fiona is dedicated to helping individuals with their career development and seeing them flourish from students into graduates. She is deeply knowledgeable about career pathways and development. Her breadth of experience assists students to explore their full career potential and develop their employability.
Joanne (Jo) is the frontline of the Industry Engagement and Career Education team. She plays an important role by triaging students who contact the service to ensure they are directed to the most appropriate resources and services. For employers, Jo provides answers to enquiries where possible, and directs them to other members of the team when appropriate.
- Career Educators
The University employs a number of highly qualified Career Educators who are able to assist students and recent graduates with their career questions. These staff are also involved in providing Careers in Curriculum to the wider student body.
Michelle is a committed careers education professional and her focus is on enabling students to articulate their professional skills, values and attributes allowing them to complete globally in the labour market. Michelle holds a Masters in Arts (Economics and Japanese) from the University of Edinburgh and also has post grad qualification in career development. With a strong international background, Michelle also designs and delivers workshops tailored to the career development needs of international students.
Melanie is currently on Maternity Leave; we will welcome her back in 2023
Melanie is a career development practitioner, experienced in working with tertiary students and graduates. Her philosophy centres on providing students and graduates with the tools and encouragement that enable them to actively and successfully take control and manage their own career development. Melanie graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and English.
To cover Melanie's Maternity Leave, we have the following, fully qualified staff working part-time to support our students.
Sally Selway: Sally is a person-centric individual who provides direction & planning guidance and careers advice, to students across the University from diverse multicultural backgrounds and various ranges of Education levels, from First Year to PhD and everything in-between.
Tamara Nuske: Tamara is an experienced project officer with a background in empowering young people through education, connection and storytelling. She holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Indigenous Health and Health Promotion from the University of Adelaide.
Emma Hale: Emma is an experienced executive career coach across all aspects of applications and submissions, as well as a skilled University level teacher. She has managed a State Government Graduate Program and spent many years as an Industry partner and graduate employer. She provides face to face and remote delivery of career readiness content to individual and group audiences.
Sharon Miller: Sharon is a career development practitioner who assists people to make informed, self-directed career decisions and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to turn their career ideas into reality.
- Employers and Industry
Our Industry Liaison Officers assist connecting industry with our employment ready students. The team is comprised of:
Ingrid Schwarz: using the skills she's developed working in HR at variety of industries to assist connect industry with students. Ingrid is in charge of ensuring seamless communication between industry and students looking for work.
Kira Mackay: Kira is using her superior event management skills to co-ordinate our annual Career's Expo. If you're interested in being part of the expo, which is held in March each year, please go here.
- Employability Programs
The University strives to ensure our graduates are job ready. As part of the job ready program, we offer the following initiatives to help our graduates with the "soft skills" they'll need on the job.
Jodie Bishop (Employability Programs Coordinator)
Jodie is eager to assist students to tailor their employability program activities for maximum skill enhancement and recognition.
She encourages students to take on new, stimulating, and unique career preparation experiences.
Kym Teh (Program Coordinator)
Kym is an experienced university and industry manager, with extensive program and project management experience across sectors. He is responsible for the project management of the university’s flagship Career Access Mentoring Program. Amongst Kym’s diverse experiences, he has been an Academic Division Manager, Faculty General Manager, Academic Registrar (Engineering), Business/School Manager, and adjunct academic (law & information technology). From an industry perspective, Kym has been a government project manager and strategy adviser (information technology), IT corporation Executive General Manager, and commercial lawyer and corporate counsel (with intellectual property expertise). He holds a doctorate (PhD) and qualifications in law, computer science, and science and technology commercialisation.
Annette Wheatley (Program Coordinator)
Since joining the University of Adelaide in 2009, Annette has developed and delivered intercultural programs. For the past six years she has built and managed Global IQ Connect, a strategic program for students to develop intercultural skills and Cultural Intelligence (CQ). She is a certified Cultural Intelligence trainer and facilitates workshops, mainly for students. Annette lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and Greater China, working in the tertiary education, corporate and government sectors where she developed a keen interest in cross-cultural communication and working in multi-cultural environments. This role also includes the creation of an online course about the principles of culture, its influence on human behaviour and its significance for positive intercultural communication.
- Career Support for Students living with a disability
University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) is designed to assist final year or recently graduated students with a disability or medical condition to gain graduate employment. The service is a free, flexible and tailored disability employment service from our experienced consultant:
International Development & Partnerships
Manager, International Development and Partnerships
Tony is passionate about providing international students with career development support to facilitate their pathway to employment both in Australia and overseas. In 2015, Tony designed and developed the successful China Career Ready Plus (CCR+) program which was the first of its kind in Australia. Graduating with a Master in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, Tony has an in-depth understanding of the employment challenges facing international students.
Project Coordinator (International Development)
Julia is currently managing international projects to improve career opportunities for international students. Using her high-level project management and relationship building skills, her role focuses on facilitating employability initiatives through collaboration between industry and the university. She completed a Masters Degree at the University of Adelaide in 2012, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.
International Careers & Employability Support Officer
Joanne is a highly experienced communications professional with expertise in educational marketing, graphics and multimedia design. In her current position in the international careers team, she is responsible for external employers and program branding. She graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management from the University of South Australia as well as a Higher Diploma of Graphic design in Hong Kong.
- 2020 Best University Careers Service Finalist, AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards
- 2020 Australian Financial Review Most Employable University Award Finalist, GradConnection Top100
- 2019 University Career Service Best Practice, China Career Development Award Winner - Global University Career Development Conference
- 2019 Australian Financial Review Most Employable University Award Finalist, GradConnection Top100
- 2018 University Career Service Best Practice, China Career Development Award Winner - Global University Career Development Conference
- 2017 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award Winner – International Education
- 2017 National Best Practice Award Winner, NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
- 2016 Best University Careers Service Finalist, AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards
- 2015 Best University Careers Service Winner, AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards
- 2015 National Best Practice Award Winner, NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
- 2014 Best University Careers Service Finalist, AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards
- 2013 Best University Careers Service Finalist, AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards
- 2013 National Best Practice Award Winner, NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
- 2010 National Career Week Event Winner, Australian Federal Government
- 2009 National Best Practice Award Winner, NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)