Lake Munmorah-based Jarrad Taylor is on the autism spectrum and has always had an extraordinary passion for garbage trucks, even as a 10-year-old boy. Fast forward 8 years and the 18-year-old has now landed his dream job as a Bin Puller and Runner at Cleanaway, Australia’s leading waste management organisation.
Women account for less than 30% of global researcher roles and, despite an increased need in scientists’ expertise during the pandemic, female scientists have been quoted significantly less often than male scientists. In this interview, Founding Director or PSK Environmental, Silvana Santomartino, shares how she became interested in environmental science and established her own business.
Managing and understanding climate change will be critical to the sustainability of all industries, communities, and ways of life. At the core of this challenge, is science communicators, who carry the heavy responsibility of ensuring their extensive research and studies of this field are accurately communicated to the public. In this interview, Dr Linden Ashcroft shares her experiences as a climatologist and her views on how the field is changing.
Unlike many women working in STEM in Australia, Madhu Bhaskaran, Professor and Co-Leader, Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, has not found entering or staying in the STEM industry challenging. She attributes this to her upbringing in India, and the environment and colleagues today at her workplace, RMIT University.
Kaylene Ledgar’s experience with education has shaped her entire career. Despite not getting her ideal grades when finishing high school, she excelled in her public service career of 26 years, built her own business from scratch, and is now a world renowned public speaker, mentor, coach and more. In this interview, Kaylene shares her approach to learning and how she has used non-traditional educational experiences to live a life with no regrets.
It’s easy to assume that corporate success can only be achieved by people with university qualifications and strong academic performances. But Kelly Van Nelson, Managing Director of Adecco Australia, is proof that this isn’t true, and that resilience can play a much bigger and more effective role in generating career success.
Jean Sum, Founder of Sum of Jean, made a shift from the banking industry to international development and is also now a mentor to Asian-Australian women. She believes strongly in empowering women, overcoming imposter syndrome and breaking through the bamboo ceiling so everyone has the opportunity to become what they cannot see.
Dominic Soh once endured 500+ job rejections over 18 months, while working part-time to pay the bills. Today’s he’s a TedX speaker and trainer, ultra-marathon runner and resilience trainer to companies like Google, Intel and Tesla.
Courtney Blackman has worked in London, Melbourne, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Costa Rica and more. Following a long and impressive career in the music and fashion industries, she recently shifted her career into the tech sphere and is now CMO at YBF Ventures.
Dr Kudzai shares her career journey, how her passion for the infectious diseases field has evolved over time and why “the world needs you” if you’re considering a career in this space.
Ryan Cheng shares the learnings and attributes that helped him build an international freelance career, and his advice for others looking to do the same.
Winitha Bonney, founder of #ColourFULL, believes there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the term ‘women of colour’, and research around intersectional issues needs to be accurately undertaken so businesses and communities can take action.
We spoke to three CEOs, who each work in different fields, about their career learnings to date and how they have changed their day-to-day based on those experiences.
Manita Ray shares her career learnings and experiences working in the social impact sector, and her advice to others considering this profession.
Bianca Capra explains why aerospace engineering is a career path the next generation should consider, what they can look forward to, and why she is a strong advocate for women in STEM.