First CGA Reverse Mentoring Breakfast

Mid-Career Alumni

First CGA Reverse Mentoring Breakfast

The CGA was pleased to host our First Reverse Mentoring Breakfast that was held on the 3rd of June at The Deck, Brighton. We had around 40 people who attended this networking event. CGA Reverse Mentoring Program is inspired by these articles featured in the Harvard Business Review  and Association of the Heads of Independent Schools Australia  and our desire to innovate in the mentoring space. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship, we hope to give young alumni the opportunity to share issues and perspectives affecting the youth of  today.   After a welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGA Marketing and Events Assistant Holly Robertson introduced the YAAP Program to the attendees. CGA Career Coach Leah Lambart delivered a keynote speech reflecting on the benef...

Who can benefit from having a LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn is a tool that is extremely effective for individuals at all stages of their career, and across all industries. There is still a perception by many that LinkedIn is only for corporate employees, but this is most definitely not the case. You will now find individuals on LinkedIn from all walks of life including; small business owners, writers, designers, actors, AFL football players, personal trainers, teachers, nurses, doctors, and high school students. Regardless of your industry sector and the stage of your career, LinkedIn offers many benefits to advancing your career in a positive direction. Senior high school students In January 2022, LinkedIn had 12.7 million users in Australia which accounted for 48.7% of our entire population.  The largest user group based on age was 25 to...

Gender Equity – Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan (Class of 2007) has dedicated her time post-Caulfield Grammar to the written word. Now the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre, she holds an incredible career defined by addressing the gender disparities present within the creative arts sector. Caulfield Grammar days Veronica’s Caulfield Campus experience was centred around the beautiful friendships she created, and she is grateful these have remained throughout the different stages of life after high school: “My years at Caulfield involved lots of laughter and making countless memories, with a dose of serious hard work along the way. I learned lessons in the classroom and beyond that were formative in ways both tangible and oblique. Most importantly, I made THE most incredible friends at CGS, many of whom I’m still...

How to stay relevant during a career break

As someone who works with many women relaunching their careers after an extended career break, one of my key learnings has been the importance of staying relevant whilst taking time out of the workforce, whether that be for parental leave, carer’s leave, travel or simply to take time out to re-assess future career options. Regardless of the reason, staying relevant will reduce the risk of feeling out of touch and losing confidence when returning to the workforce at a later date. Probably the silver lining of the pandemic has been that taking a career break has become much more accepted in society, with hiring managers and recruiters less likely to quiz a candidate on why they dared to take time out of the workforce.  The pandemic forced many to have a career break without any choice whethe...

From the CGA – March 2022

Celebrating the Women within our Community March has been another busy and productive month for the CGA. With more reunions and planning for the next few months taking place, we are excited to be continuing our platform for Grammarians to connect. In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), we dedicated March to recognising the wonderful women who have made invaluable contributions to our Grammarian community. Pip Karoly (Class of 2007) devotes her days to developing a patient-specific approach to epilepsy management. We had the pleasure of listening to Pip speak at CGS’s International Women’s Day Breakfast out at Wheelers Hill, alongside fellow Grammarians Kara Henderson (Class of 2015, paramedicine student and Hawks VFLW player) and Sherene Loi (Class of 1990, breast cancer resea...

What we can learn from the younger generation in the workplace

It is widely cited that the concept of mentoring originated with the character of Mentor in Homer’s Odyssey. In this Ancient Greek epic poem, dating back around 3000 years, Odysseus entrusted his young son Telemachus to the care of Mentor, his trusted companion, when he went to fight in the Trojan War. Just like in Homer’s Odyssey, traditional mentoring in the workforce typically takes the form of an employee from the older generation sharing information and knowledge to a younger person. The mentor listens and acts as a sounding board, asks questions and encourages the mentee to look at issues from a variety of perspectives and supports them with problem-solving and decision-making. Introducing the concept of ‘reverse mentoring’ Since the 1990’s, some of the major corporations have ...

Creativity in Business – Billy Green

During 2020, Billy Green (Class of 2008) saw a noticeable gap in support for the local Victorian hospitality industry. Capitalising on the time spent at home, Billy started his own meal kit delivery service Make-Out Meals, a new middle ground between creator and consumer. Time at Caulfield Grammar Billy has fond memories of his Year 9 Learning Journeys at Caulfield Campus, during which he devoted time to learning to play guitar. His lunch times turned into opportunities to jam with a fellow peer, and eventually, this grew into a band they started together. This band continued on after Billy and his friend left the Caulfield Grammar gates behind, leading to them touring across Australia and even internationally for close to 5 years, recording music where they could in between. Finding a pas...

8 steps to a successful career change

There has been much talk in the media about the impending ‘great resignation’ and how this will potentially affect the Australian job market.  In the US, there has been an astounding number of resignations since the pandemic began, mostly due to employees rebelling against poor working conditions and making decisions about how they choose to live and work in a post-pandemic future. In Australia, the job market data suggests that we are also heading towards ‘a candidate’s market’, meaning, that the shift of power is on the candidate’s side with more jobs advertised than candidates applying. Therefore, companies have to compete hard for the best talent and jobseekers should have more choice when it comes to seeking a new role. This unusual situation has been driven by a number of factors. Fi...

Commitment to the Craft – Darcy Brown

Since leaving Caulfield Grammar, Darcy Brown (Class of 2008) has pursued a career as an actor. Currently starring as Squealer and Old Major in Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s 2021 national tour of Animal Farm, he reflects upon where his journey has taken him.  Discovering theatre at Wheelers Hill Darcy discovered his passion for theatre during his days at Wheelers Hill campus, under the direction of Dan Hartley and Lyndy Clarke. In his words, they were both “brilliant teachers, no-nonsense and inspiring, who treated you like an adult, assumed you were capable of anything, and opened up the world”.  He looks back on auditioning for Dan’s production of ‘Ross’ in Year 9 (at his insistence, after chickening out and missing the initial audition) and Lyndy’s production of ‘Marat/Sade’ in Year 1...

A Lifetime in Sport – Lachlan Kellaway

Lachlan (‘Lockie’) Kellaway was a student at Wheelers Hill Campus from 1984 to 1989 (Years 7 to 12). He was captain of the first eighteen football team and vice-captain of the first eleven cricket team in his final year, and was awarded a number of prizes for sport at Speech Night. A member of Lumsden House, he served on the School Committee in 1989. Wheelers Hill days Of school days, Lockie remarks: “I think friendships are borne from shared experiences. The sport, the camps, the house competitions (as well as the general schooling) helped me to make friendships that continue to this day. I try not to overly reminisce about the past, but an APS cricket premiership in Year 11 and a shared football premiership in Year 12 are certainly fond memories.” Moving into physiotherapy After summer o...

How to prepare for a behavioural interview

Behavioural interviews, also called competency-based interviews, have been used  in both the public and private sector to assess candidates for position ranging from graduate right through to executive level.  Unfortunately, any candidate without a thorough understanding of how to prepare for these interviews will be greatly disadvantaged when applying for internships, graduate programs or more senior professional positions. So what is a behavioural interview? A behavioural interview is an interview that may include a number of different styles of questions including general questions, motivational questions and behavioural-based questions. General questions are the type of questions that you may get asked regardless of the position or industry that they you are interviewing for. These inc...

Brownlow Medalist – Chris Judd

Time at Caulfield Chris Judd attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1996 (Year 7) to 2001 (Year 12). He debuted in Caulfield’s first eighteen in 1998 (when in Year 9) and was first eighteen captain in 2001. He was also a member of first eleven in 1999 and the athletics team from 1999 to 2001, winning the APS Under 17 1500m title in 1999. He was awarded school colours in both football and athletics. At Speech Night 2001 Chris was awarded the ‘Dougie’ Rankin Memorial Prize for Progress in Studies and Success at Sport. He received an ENTER score of 96.20 in the Victorian Certificate of Education. West Coast Eagles In addition to Caulfield Grammar, Chris played his junior football with East Sandringham Football Club and the Sandringham Dragons. At the 2001 AFL Under 18 Championships he was nam...

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