Grow Your Career Week Program

Find all programs, talks and events that are a part of Grow Your Career Week. 

With over 20 sessions as part of the program there is something for everyone. Session are organised by date order, remember to book in for sessions on CareerHub and learn about the guest speakers. 

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Monday 5-August

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  • 10:00am to 11:00am | Design your career workshop

    Join this creative and guided workshop where you will create your very own vision board. Creating a vision board is a way to represent your goals, wishes and ideas for your future. Facilitated by a Careers Educator from the University of Adelaide, it is an opportunity for you to have some fun, explore ideas and think about what is most important to you about your career and life goals.

    Who should attend? 
    Students wanting to use a creative and hands-on method to explore career pathways.

    When
    Monday 5-August
    10:00am to 11:00am

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Melanie Spandrio - Career Educator at the University of Adelaide

  • 11:00am to 1:00pm | GradConnection Top 100 Future Leaders Competition

    Are you a Future Leader? Stop by the Pop-Shop to learn about the GradConnection Top 100 Future Leaders Competition and how you can apply. This competition is designed to give students exposure to Australia’s best graduate employers, practice the recruitment process before you have to do the real thing, represent your university and even be featured in the Australian Financial Review.

    Who should attend? 
    Students who want to gain exposure to some of the best employers in the country and are up for a challenge!

    When
    Monday 5-August
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Where
    Pop-Shop, Hub Central, North Terrace Campus

    No need to book, just come along to the Pop-Shop.

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm | How to ace your Top 100 application

    If you’re planning on applying for the GradConnection Top 100 Future Leaders Competition then this session is not to be missed. Hear from last year’s finalists about their experiences, what you should know before applying and how to stand out in your application. Give yourself a competitive edge and apply to be a Top 100 Future Leader!

    Who should attend? 
    Students who are interested in the competition and want to ace their applications.

    When
    Monday 5-August
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenters
    Angela Qin - Finalist in the REA Group Software Engineering Award
    Ellysia Oldsen - Finalist in the Ashurst Law Award
    Emi Soulio - Finalist in the Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award
    Jamila Sabazova - Finalist in the Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Graduate Research Degrees = Careers~

    Is research your passion but you don’t know where it might lead? Does a career pathway outside of academia appeal to you? A Graduate Research Degree can lead to exciting opportunities and careers where you will be the expert in your field. Research graduates are highly sought after by industry, government organisations and SMEs, so there is no limit to where your research can take you. If you want to learn more about graduate research career opportunities, come along to this information session where you will hear from the Director of the Career and Research Skills Training Program.

    Who should attend? 
    Students considering graduate research.   

    When
    Monday 5-August
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Dr Monica Kerr - Director of Career & Research Skills Training (CaRST) at the University of Adelaide

Tuesday 6-August

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  • 10:00am to 12:00pm | FREE LinkedIn photos

    Time for a profile pic update? We’ve hired a photographer who will be coming onto campus on Tuesday and Friday morning to snap your brand new photo - perfect for lifting your LinkedIn game. 

    • No bookings required, just stop by Hub Central between 10:00am and 12:00pm
    • Bring your student ID card with you
    • Dress up a little and remember that this will be a photo used on LinkedIn to present yourself to potential employers!

    Who should attend? 
    Free for all current students

    When
    Tuesday 6 and Friday 9 August
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Where
    Pop-Shop, Hub Central, North Terrace Campus

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Demystifying psychometric testing

    Psychometric assessments can be one of the more difficult parts of the recruitment. During this 1-hour session students will hear from Psychologist, Kirsten Forgione, who will talk about what psychometric assessments are, and the types of assessments you may be asked to complete when applying for jobs. She will provide some examples of assessment items, and tips on preparing for and completing assessments. This session will also cover the value of psychometric assessments in recruitment and how companies use them to determine successful candidates.

    Who should attend? 
    Students planning on applying for graduate programs where psychometric assessments will be part of the process.

    When
    Tuesday 6-August
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Kirsten Forgione - Senior Psychologist at Revelian

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm | All about internships panel

    Internships, placements, vacation work, cadetship, clerkship and more. No matter the name, gaining real-world experience is vital to practising your skills, increasing your employability and building industry connections. During this panel students will hear from peers who have recently completed internships in Australia and overseas. Together they will discuss their experiences, how they made the most of their time, the important learnings they gained and their tips for students seeking internships.

    Who should attend? 
    Students interested in internships and getting the most out of their experience.

    When
    Tuesday 6-August 
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the speakers
    Angus Xiao - Engineering Intern at Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    Behshid Golshani - Legal Intern at Dentons
    Brad Jones - Audit Intern at Deloitte
    Brittany Pfeiffer - Event & Marketing Intern at RSPCA
    Daniel Ng - Software Engineering Intern at Google

Wednesday 7-August

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  • 10:00am to 12:00pm | Donut know drop-by

    Donut know your career plans? This is your chance to ask any questions you have about careers, planning and advice with one of our experienced Career Educators. Stop by Hub Central with a question anytime between 10:00am and 12:00pm and receive direct advice and maybe even a donut...

    Who should attend? 
    Students who appreciate puns and want quick career advice.

    When
    Wednesday 7-August
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Where
    Pop-Shop, Hub Central, North Terrace Campus

    No booking required, just come by the Pop-Shop

    About the educators
    Fiona Brammy - Career Educator at the University of Adelaide
    Melanie Spandrio - Career Educator at the University of Adelaide
    Michelle McKinnon - Career Educator at the University of Adelaide

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm | The evolution of success

    No other generation has been as connected as those graduating in the coming years; nor have the standards of success ever been so high. With careers displayed online and influencers at every corner, it can be easy to lose sight of what a fulfilling career is really about. During this presentation with Craig Thompson from Accenture we will explore how success has evolved and what it means for young people today, plus how you can define your own measures of a successful career.

    Who should attend?
    Students wanting a fulfilling career and focusing on individual value and success.

    When
    Wednesday 7-August 
    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Where
    Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, Barr Smith, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Craig Thompson - Business Development Lead at Accenture

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm | Careers in the SA Public Sector

    Working in the South Australian public sector is more than just a job. We serve our community and build the future of our state. As the State’s largest workforce, the South Australian Public Sector employs more than 100,000 people working in a variety of roles to deliver public services in health care, education, environment, community services, child protection, justice, emergency services, transport, defence, culture and tourism. 

    Our people reflect the diverse community we serve. We aim to attract and retain the best and brightest people who are driven by purpose. Join our team…value the difference, be the difference and make the difference! Find out more by attending the session.

    Who should attend? 
    Students looking for a diverse career option where they can help develop the future of South Australia.

    When
    Wednesday 7-Augst
    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Where
    Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, Barr Smith, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Presented by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Thursday 8-August

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  • 11:00am to 12:00pm | The self-made theory

    Many of the world’s most successful and innovative people started out by relying on themselves and a simple idea. But how did they go from “garage to greatness”? From success and failures, challenges and learnings, mistakes and heartbreaks; Ben Campbell from The Self Made Theory has interviewed founders, entrepreneurs and CEO’s of amazingly successful companies. During this presentation Ben will share with you what drives successful people, the common themes in all great leaders’ stories and how you too can build a successful business.

    Who should attend? 
    Students interested in entrepreneurship, great advice and owning your hustle.

    When
    Thursday 8-August
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Ben Campbell - Founder of The Self Made Theory

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm | One size doesn't fit all

    When planning for your career it is important to remember that one size doesn’t fit all. Recruiters are on the lookout for diverse and talented people who are self-aware, motivated and are ready to work. Steven Nield is an experienced recruiter from Aurecon and in this insightful session he will be sharing how students can find the right fit, target companies, focus on quality over quantity and present your best self to employers.

    Who should attend? 
    Students looking to find their fit and present quality applications.

    When
    Wednesday 7-Augst
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Where
    G03 Lecture Theatre, Napier, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Steven Nield - Emerging Talent Recruitment Manager ANZ at Aurecon

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Guide to graduates panel

    Landing your first job out of Uni is on the mind of many students. While it can be exciting to start your career, it is also a little daunting looking for jobs and understanding graduate programs. Hear from UoA graduates about their experiences finding work in industry, how they impressed their employers, what advice they have for current students plus much more!

    Who should attend? 
    Students wanting real advice and insights from graduates.

    When
    Thursday 8-August
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the panellists
    Alex Kyloh - Associate at Grant Thornton
    Katie Bezzoubov - Senior Project Officer at Department of Child Protection
    Remy McGrath - Process Technologist at Mayne Pharma
    Muhamad Shahabuddin - Graduate Engineer at SA Power Networks

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm | How to invest in your biggest asset - YOU

    As you start out in your career you should look to invest in yourself as much as you can. According to billionaire Warren Buffet “anything you invest in yourself, you get back tenfold.” Knowing what to invest in is where the work lies. 

    During this session Sarah Curnow of American Express will share with students the top ten things they can start doing today to kickstart their career with a bang and set themselves up for even greater success into the future. Covering her own real life learnings, to up-skilling in emotional intelligence and getting a money buddy, Sarah offers motivating advice to get students going places. 

    Who should attend? 
    Students looking for practical tips and advice on preparing for your future career and looking after yourself.

    When
    Thursday 8-August
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenter
    Sarah Curnow - Head of Strategic Acquisition ANZ at American Express

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm | What recruiters wish you knew

    Stop wishing you could read the minds of recruiters and attend this Q&A panel instead! With experienced recruiters from across a range of industries we will be uncovering recruiter secrets, advice and insights into all the things students should know. By questioning the panel on topics such as applications, interviewing, networking and more we will uncover what it takes to stand out and get hired.

    Who should attend? 
    Students looking for insider advice and recruiter secrets.

    When

    Thursday 8-August
    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Where
    Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, Barr Smith, North Terrace Campus

    About the panellists
    Amanda Culleney - Senior Consultant Talent at EY
    Joanne Ross - Assistant Manager Recruitment at Flight Centre Group
    Peter Macdonald - Talent Acquisition Manager at Calvary Health Care
    Ravi Moerman - Talent Acquisition Business Partner at NewsCorp Australia

Friday 9-August

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  • 10:00am to 12:00pm | FREE LinkedIn photos

    Time for a profile pic update? We’ve hired a photographer who will be coming onto campus on Tuesday and Friday morning to snap your brand new photo - perfect for lifting your LinkedIn game.

    • No bookings required, just stop by Hub Central between 10:00am and 12:00pm
    • Bring your student ID card with you
    • Dress up a little and remember that this will be a photo used on LinkedIn to present yourself to potential employers!

    Who should attend? 
    Free for all current students

    When
    Tuesday 6 and Friday 9 August
    10:00am to 12:00pm

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm | Never Never Distillery story

    Creating gin was never what the guys from Never Never Distillery had in mind while starting out in their careers, but over the years they became fearless in the pursuit of finding a career that celebrated going against the status quo. In this Q&A hosted by University of Adelaide Alumni Relations, we will hear from two of the founders about the path that led them to starting Never Never, with tips on how to follow your gut and embrace the unknown.

    Who should attend? 
    Students wanting a fun, insightful and interesting career story from UoA alumni.

    When
    Friday 9-August
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenters
    Sean Baxter - Brand Director at Never Never Distilling Co.
    Tim Boast - Head Distiller at Never Never Distilling Co.

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Learning leadership

    ‘Leadership’ is more than just a buzzword to impress employers. Understanding true leadership starts with the basics and in this informative session from Josh Farr of Campus Consultancy, students will have the chance to learn the principals and mindsets of great leaders. This lifelong skill will help advance any career and is essential to develop right from the start.

    Who should attend? 
    Students set to become great leaders in any field.

    When
    Friday 9-August
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Where
    Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli, North Terrace Campus

    About the speaker
    Josh Farr - Founder at Campus Consultancy

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm | Visas and employability in SA

    Are you an international student who is interested in living and working in South Australia? We know that visas, working rights and immigration can be a confusing topic so we invite you to attend this forum to learn about careers, employability, success stories, visas and more in SA.

    Who should attend? 
    International students who are interested in having a career in South Australia after university.

    When
    Friday 9-August 
    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Where
    The Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus

    About the presenters
    This session will include a panel discussion from the guests below as well as information regarding visas from Rachel Ireland of Immigration SA. 
    Emma Xie - Deloitte
    Tracey Vu - Detmold Group
    Wayne Chao -  iAge Media
    Sushrut Kulkarni - TRILITY