A Career is a Journey – Kate Hanly

Careers

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...

Free Career Coaching for the Classes of 2020 & 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is offering the Classes of 2020 and 2019 free career coaching. The four group coaching sessions will be held online (from 6.30pm-8.00pm) and be presented by CGA Career Expert, Leah Lambart. Leah is a Career & Interview Coach, Founder of Melbourne-based career coaching business, Relaunch Me and host of the Relaunch Your Career podcast. In 2014, Leah set up Relaunch Me to help others find their ‘best fit’ careers; work that suits their personality type, utilises their natural strengths and is aligned to their interests and values. Leah and the Relaunch Me team now work with recent school leavers, students, job seekers, career changers, return-to-work parents and individuals who have experienced redundancy, to help them identify and obtai...

Planner & President – Peter Small

Peter Small attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1970 (Year 7) to 1976, gaining his Higher School Certificate in his final year. Peter was a member of the first basketball team from 1974 to 1976 and in January 1974 was a member of the school squad that undertook a tour of the United States. This was one of the first overseas sporting tours undertaken by students from an Australian school. After leaving CGS, Peter undertook a Diploma of Applied Science (Town Planning) course at RMIT, which he completed in 1981. In the meantime, he started work as a planning assistant at Tracts Consultants before gaining a position in planning with the Camberwell City Council. There, he was responsible for preparing reports on land use planning applications for presentation to Council and represented Counc...

Career Networking Event -Mentoring Circles

A highly successful on-line networking event – Mentoring Circles – was held on Wednesday 9 September.  Both recent graduates and current senior students (Years 10 to 12) were invited to attend. There were over 100 participants and the feedback received has been very positive. After an introductory presentation from career expert Leah Lambart (Relaunch Me), the participants were placed in six breakout groups based on their areas of career interest. The following Grammarians acted as mentors in these disciplines (‘circles’), providing information about their career journeys and answering questions from participants: Simon Esposito (Class of 1995), Henry Jones (1989) and Chris Sotiropoulos (1985) – Business & Entrepreneurship James Foott (1997), Peta Krahn (1996) and Andrew Le...

Industry innovator – Meher Virdi

 Alumnus Meher Virdi’s passion for engineering has blossomed into a successful career working for Meher Trailer Products that has taken him around the world and back again. Meher Verdi completed his high school education at Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus between 2007 and 2012, demonstrating ability in sports, academics, and leadership. He was named School Co-Captain and received a number of academic and citizenship awards including Double Colours for Academics, the Frank D Burke Prize for the Captains of the School, and the Simon Barnet Joel Prize for Service, Citizenship and Leadership in his final year. After school, Meher completed two degrees at the University of Melbourne: a Bachelor of Commerce that enabled him to work as an investment banker for a number of years, and a Ma...

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...

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