QUT PhD alumnus Dr Kirstin Ferguson nominated as ABC’s acting chairperson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson, PhD alumnus from QUT’s Business School, has stepped into the role of ABC chairperson after a tumultuous week at the national broadcaster.

As described by ABC news,

“Dr Ferguson has sat on the ABC board since 2015, and is an experienced director with 10 years’ experience on the ASX100 and ASX200 boards as well as private company and government boards. She was the creator of the social media campaign #CelebratingWomen, which saw her nominated for the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for best use of social media.”

Read the full ABC article.

Dr Ferguson was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her thesis ‘A study of safety leadership and safety governance for board members and senior executives‘ was an investigation of the fields of leadership and corporate governance in the context of workplace safety.

Scholarship for Health ECRs

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholarship Program is a six week program based in Canberra at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, that gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build  expertise in an area relevant to health services research
  • contribute to the AHHA and its work
  • interact with policy makers and practitioners
  • produce a health policy issues brief that engages health policy leaders in an area of national significance
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship

Early career researchers (< 5 years post-PhD) are welcome to apply.

Further information including the Program Summary and answers to frequently asked questions can be on the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research website.

Pitch your idea to an audience of global business leaders and influencers

Perfect your pitch and apply to PItch@Palace by September 30 for your chance to pitch your business idea, connect with CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and potential business partners.

Visit www.pitchatpalaceaustralia.com. You can enter with a startup business or social enterprise – even of it’s an idea on paper, MPV or prototype. The pitching competition starts November 27 with a Pitch@Palace On Tour event (e.g. at the Gold Coast, Queensland). Forty-two progress from tour events to Pitch@Palace Australia Bootcamp, being held in Brisbane, on November 28.  The Pitch@Palace Australia 2.0 event will be held 30 November 2018. If you win, you may progress to represent Australia, pitch in a palace, and gain international exposure and contacts.

Details:
Apply by September 30
Australian Pitch events are held in late November
Find out more.

Practice your pitch

Being able to pitch an idea is a valuable skill – whether in entrepreneurship or in your every day personal life. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to develop and pitch ideas and significant prizes, support, and/or promotion available.

These include:

At QUT foundry’s Pitch Coaching sessions:

  • practice pitching your idea for a product, startup business or social enterprise (whatever stage it’s at – from ‘just an idea’, to prototype, minimum viable product, or new venture)
  • get constructive feedback from panelists – to both improve your pitch and idea
  • get competition ready!

The next session is Thursday September 13, from 12-2PM. Register here.

Researcher career stories

Vitaes collection of researcher career stories comprises over 150 short, personal narratives about the professional experiences and decisions of doctoral graduates and researchers at all stages of their careers. These stories show the diversity of career paths taken by researchers and aim to inspire emerging researchers’ career aspirations.

See the doctoral entrepreneur section to read how research graduates have used the skills gained during their doctoral training to found businesses, social enterprises and consultancies, and visit career stories on film to hear researchers talk about their career journeys.

Make sure you also read the stories of our own doctoral graduates here on the QMomentum blog.

The Future Workforce

The nature of work and the workforce is changing rapidly, driven by the acceleration of connectivity and cognitive technologies. Almost every job is being reinvented as the workplace evolves to a flexible workforce augmented by software, robots, crowds, and artificial intelligence.

In 2016, Deloitte released ‘The Future of the Workforce: Critical Drivers and Challenges to help employers and employees navigate the future of work. It is important to be aware of the environmental factors that impact the availability of jobs and identifying and building capability in skills for jobs in the future. This article is important for graduates to be aware of future workforce issues, in order to plan for their own careers. Read the article (PDF, 534KB).