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Sustainable Fashion – Rhianna Knight

Rhianna Knight (Class of 2009) has always had a creative bent and an eye for design. In fact, during her time at Caulfield she spent many hours in the art department working on projects exploring a range of mediums and pushing her creative knowledge and aesthetic. Her childhood dream was to work in the fashion industry, in particular red-carpet fashion. Nevertheless, after studying fashion design & technology at university, and undertaking various internships, Rhianna ended up working at a snowboarding apparel company. Despite not exactly matching her dream, this position gave her great technical knowledge about the industry (including fabric innovations) and ended up changing her career focus. In June 2018 Rhianna used the experience she had gained to found outdoors apparel label Mist...

2018 Work Experience Program

In December last year the Association was delighted to host three work experience students as part of the School’s Work Experience Program. Georgia, Philip and Olivia were a great addition to our team. Their enthusiasm and interest in getting a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the CGA ensured the week was beneficial for everyone involved. With their help we obtained a fantastic insight into how our young current and past students think and discovered better ways connect with them. On completion of the program Georgia, Philip and Olivia reflected on their experiences: Georgia Kiers (2018) Prior to my week working with the Caulfield Grammar Association, I had the sole focus of gaining skills and experience within the Business Marketing field, as it is the industry I wish to go i...

Formula 1 Fanatic – Sam Lister

Sam Lister attended Caulfield Grammar School from 2000 to 2005 where he was an active member of Buntine House and a member of the School Committee. Initially Sam had very little idea of what he wanted to do after school, so he decided to stick with what he was good at and what he enjoyed, working with his hands. Engineering seemed like a good fit and Sam completed a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in 2009 at Monash University. He liked the general nature of the course and thought it would be much easier to start with Aerospace engineering and then apply his broad knowledge to mechanical or civil engineering rather than the other way around. One of the most notable aspects of Sam’s time at Monash was his participation in the Monash Motorsport Team. This student-run racing team represents ...

Developing Business Networks with LinkedIn

The CGA held it’s first careers event in a while last Wednesday on 5th September out at Wheelers Hill. The session included a 1 hour presentation by Steve Shepherd, CEO of career coaching firm TwoPointZero. Steve focused on how to create and edit a LinkedIn Profile and how to grow your business network. Attendees also had the opportunity to network beforehand and have professional headshots taken by a photographer for use on their LinkedIn profile. The practical focus of the event was clearly popular with over 80 people in attendance. It was great to see such a diverse audience which included current students and parents, staff, past parents and alumni. The CGA plans to run more careers based events in 2019. Keep an eye on our events calendar and social media for more info.

The lost art of networking

More people will find their next role through their network than through job ads and recruitment agencies combined. Yet when it comes to managing our careers or finding our next role, networking has become a forgotten art. In this modern world of social networking it has never been easier to build your network and maximise the career opportunities. I don’t mean liking friend’s posts of their holidays or cat videos. I mean building and cultivating meaningful networks for the long term. LinkedIn, the world’s largest business networking site, has profiles of over 4.2 million Australian professionals and there are over 15 million Australians on Facebook. Having a professional social media profile is an important career tool, whether you run your own business, or work for an organisation. It wi...

Make Your Career More Social

Social media is an important part of many of our personal lives, keeping us connected with family and friends but it is also an important part of our business lives and many people are failing to take advantage of the career benefits it offers. Having a strong LinkedIn profile and using it to build strong professional connections are essential tools for every Australian business person. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site with nearly 6 million Australian members. Here are 3 reasons you need to get more social on LinkedIn: Recruiters and employers are using LinkedIn to search (head hunt) for perspective employees before considering advertising a vacancy. This head hunting helps them find the people who may not see their job ad or know they are even looking. If you d...

A Career in Construction – Peta Krahn

Peta Krahn is no stranger to working in a male-dominated environment. She’s been involved in the Australian construction industry across the building, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors for approximately 18 years. With such a wealth of knowledge Peta was a perfect candidate to speak at a recent International Women’s Day Assembly at Wheelers Hill Campus. Peta was a student at the Wheelers Hill Campus from 1989 (Year 5) to 1996 (Year 12). Peta highlighted the fact that career paths aren’t always straight forward, telling students: “For as long I can remember I always wanted to be architect. When I got uni however I asked too many questions along the lines of, ‘How much does that cost?’ ‘How long will that take,’ and ‘How will the building stand up?’ I therefore ended up whe...

Stonnington’s Youngest Mayor – Jami Klisaris

At a special council meeting on 9 November 2016 Jami Klisaris (2008-10) was elected Mayor of the City of Stonnington. At just 24 years of age, Jami was Stonnington’s youngest ever Mayor and the youngest ever female Mayor in Victoria. This follows on from her initial election as Councillor at the age of 20, where she was the the youngest female Councillor elected in the 2012 Victorian Local Government elections. During her one-year term Cr Klisaris was determined to serve the Stonnington community as its full-time Mayor with a clear vision, enthusiasm and energy. Jami’s aim was to fight inappropriate development, listened to the concerns of residents, achieve better outcomes for Stonnington’s neighbourhoods and amenities, and deliver a significant capital works program. Community health and...