Creativity, Adventure and Travel – Georgia Maclaren

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Creativity, Adventure and Travel – Georgia Maclaren

Georgia Maclaren took her first steps into the real-world following graduation from Caulfield Grammar in 2013. She has since followed her creative passions and sense of adventure to find her calling both personally and professionally. Starting out After school, Georgia says she dove into the deep end and enrolled in a three-year Communication Design (Graphic Design) degree at RMIT University. She completed it in four after taking a gap year in the third year to backpack solo across Europe: “I grew so much during that trip; it inspired my love of travel and passion for all things creative.” Georgia then pursued and secured work as a full-time graphic designer at Stanley Black & Decker, an experience she says exposed her to the highs and lows of working in a high pressure and very subjec...

Architecture & Sustainable Fashion – Blake Hillebrand

2017 Caulfield Grammar Alumnus Blake Hillebrand now simultaneously pursues two passions; creating sustainable fashion through his own business and studying architecture. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have always loved making things and designing little cities and have always been interested in fashion and good design”, he says. Starting out with baru Blake was able to realise these dreams through co-founding his own sustainable clothing business, baru. For him, it perfectly combines his interests in design, clothing, business, sustainability and mental health, and is a means of encouraging others to recognise the value of the environment. baru’s approach is holistically ethical. They use recycled materials and 10 plastic water bottles in the creation of each pair of swim shorts, and 10...

Focused on the Future – Abigail Xu

Through dedication and broadening her horizons, Abigail Xu hopes to one day work in a field where she can make a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate. After graduating from Caulfield in 2020, Abigail commenced a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and involved herself in the Melbourne Conservatorium Symphonic Ensembles Program. She also started working as a Foundation Scholarship tutor at Caulfield in order to give back to the School and student community, which has helped shape who she is today. Recently, Abigail was selected for the highly-esteemed and competitive Department of Treasury and Finance 2021 Mentoring Women program, where she will receive one-on-one mentoring from a DTF economist in the area of economics and public policy. Day-to-Day Life In...

Benefits of a Reverse Mentoring Program

Reverse mentoring is all about flipping the usual mentoring process on its head, with the senior leader (‘the mentee’) being mentored by a younger or more junior person (‘the mentor’). The idea of reverse mentoring is that age or seniority does not dictate who leads this type of relationship. The concept of reverse mentoring has been around since the late 1990’s with Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and the most influential business manager of his generation, credited with inventing the concept. Jack implemented a reverse mentoring program at General Electric where he paired up five hundred of his top executives with junior employees for the purpose of learning how to use the internet. Since then, reverse mentoring programs have been successfully implemented by many l...

Dancer and Pilates Instructor – Oceane Le Bouder

Chasing her dreams and being resilient has helped Oceane Le Bouder (Class of 2016) navigate her life after high school and enjoy a career as a dancer, and now yoga and Pilates instructor. Despite the challenges faced by the creative arts industry, Oceane is excited to continue pursuing her work. Oceane’s experience at Caulfield helped shape who she is today. While she loved the memories she shared with her classmates, it was the experience and opportunity to meet new people that she relished. “During post high school life, you grow and become a new person so it’s ok to put yourself first and see who you attract into your life in the next chapter.” Dance as a Career Initially Oceane started out viewing dance as more of a hobby and a way to keep fit but soon after graduating from Caulf...

Navigating Entrepreneurship – Jesse Toniolo

Embracing your passion and a sense of courage and optimism are what drove Jesse Toniolo (Class of 2015) to start up his own business, retail company Push Pull Shop, in 2019. Despite being faced with much uncertainty, Jesse is continually shaping a brand that is sure to only grow into the future. Caulfield Experience Jesse’s most memorable Caulfield experience is summed up in the inclusiveness that the school embodies, a quality he will never forget. From the library enthusiasts who encouraged him to pull up a chair and study with peers, to sports coaches putting in endless hours to help improve skills, and the teachers staying back after class and taking late emails; he felt empowered to truly explore all avenues available to him. From his perspective, “those actions create a progressive a...

How LinkedIn can Advance your Career

LinkedIn is a powerful career development tool for individuals at any stage of their career, including senior high school students, professionals from graduate to executive level, creatives, contractors, consultants and business owners. Over the last twelve months, we have seen upheaval in the job market and a loss of jobs spanning all levels and from across multiple industries. There has been no other time that has better highlighted the importance of good personal branding and having an established and nurtured network that you can turn to in tough times. LinkedIn is a tool that allows for just that, the opportunity to nurture existing relationships, to build new networks and to create a strong personal brand. LinkedIn has gone through some exciting changes to keep up with the challenges...

Group Career Coaching Session – What your resume should look like in 2021

The second of our career coaching events for young alumni and senior school students was held online on Wednesday 19th May. We are very grateful to our career expert Leah Lambart, Director of Relaunch Me – Career Consulting, for providing a very informative presentation once again. You can watch the full recording of the session on our YouTube channel. About 30 young alumni and senior students from Years 10 to 12 participated in the session. In her presentation, Leah focused on: 1) The importance of a resume and cover letter when applying for a position; 2) Some dos and don’ts in resume writing; 3) A “best practice” structure for writing a resume in Australia in 2021; 4) How to tailor your resume to the position; 5) The resources that can be used to help write a good resume. The session co...

2021 Mentoring Circles

Our mentoring event for young alumni and senior school students was held online on Wednesday 28 April. We are very grateful to Leah Lambart (Director of Relaunch Me – Career Consulting) for leading the event and to our mentors, who joined us from as far away as Spain, Hong Kong and China. After a brief welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, Leah interviewed Lexie Van Maanen (Class of 2017), a singer who was cast in her first ever professional role as the Mistress in Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary production of Evita, and Raj Jayaweera (1997), a jazz musician (drummer) who has toured extensively throughout the world. Their answers to Leah’s questions provided a wonderful insight into their careers to date and their aspirations for the future. Participants were then placed in ...

Finding your ‘best fit’ career

In our career coaching work at Relaunch Me, our mission is to help people identify their ‘best fit’ career; that is, a career aligned to their personality type and core values, utilises their key strengths and provides content that they are genuinely interested in. In addition, a ‘best fit’ career naturally also needs to meet their financial and lifestyle goals. Is this easy to achieve? Definitely not – but the first step to finding more meaningful work is a thorough self-assessment to understand what you are good at, what you are interested in, what you need to earn and what is most important to you. Why is it important to use your strengths? People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in the workplace and energised by the work that they do. That’...

A Career is a Journey – Kate Hanly

Caulfield experience Graduating from Caulfield Campus in 2007, Kate Hanly is a true representation of how a career is not simply a means to an end, but rather a lifelong, fulfilling journey. During her time at Caulfield, Kate found herself spending the majority of her time around the oval, netball courts and Lindsay Thompson Centre. She also immersed herself in rowing. This provided some of her favourite memories from schooldays – spending many hours on the Yarra River and representing the School as a member of the first eight. She loved the sense of comradery that the rowing community embraced – the early mornings, teamwork, friends and mentors. All of which culminated in a sense of gratification that only comes from working hard collectively; it provided a valuable life lesson. Kate also...

Are you ‘Career Fit’?

In the past twelve months, a significant portion of the Victorian workforce experienced a ‘career bump’ for the very first time. A career bump is any negative impact on your career that comes unexpectedly, such as a job loss, redundancy, demotion or a missed promotion. Covid-19 made a big dent on the Victorian employment market with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) modelling showing that the City of Melbourne alone was likely to shed 75K jobs in 2020. Employees who were in long-term jobs considered “safe and secure” were suddenly unemployed with no advertised roles to even apply for. This was particularly so in industries most impacted, including travel, events, tourism, retail and hospitality, however, the ripple effect was far and wide. These job losses came as a huge shock to many people, b...

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