Fireside Discussions

The Career Fireside discussion series allows UQ's Career Advisors to directly address the issues that students are asking questions about right now at a set time each week – Tuesday @ 11am. This will provide a platform for students to seek advice on a topic that resonates with them, to ask their questions in a safe environment and gain support through shared experience with other students.

Discussion Library

Finding a Job in a Crisis

There is currently a lot of uncertainty and confusion surrounding the job market as the world battles COVID-19. Many questions are being asked and businesses are getting pushed to their limits due to distancing measures. Join the Careers Service for this fireside session, where we will cover:

  • Current climate of the job market;
  • Who is currently recruiting;
  • How to approach employers;
  • Importance of networking;

Recorded: 21 April 2020

Why Networking is so important right now

Networking has always been one of the most powerful tools for finding a job and today we will delve into why, during the COVID-19 crisis, networking should be one of your first 'go-tos' for finding, maintaining and developing throughout, a job.

Recorded: Tuesday 28 April


The Importance of Unpaid Work

Unpaid work can be a very valuable asset in helping you secure a long-term career. As we live through the global COVID-19 pandemic, unpaid work can be more important than ever to build and develop your skills and knowledge. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What constitutes unpaid work;
  • How to identify a good, unpaid opportunity;
  • Leveraging this work;
  • Q+A

The Value of Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable work experience and from these experiences you can develop many skills and capabilities. In this session we will look at:

  • What is volunteering and what is a volunteer?
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • The benefits of volunteering
  • What you should consider when looking for a volunteer role
  • How to find a suitable volunteer role

Personal and Professional Development

The current COVID-19 restrictions in place globally can act as a great enabler to embark on that professional development that you've been putting off.

In this session we shall discuss:

  • What PD is;
  • Identifying the relevant courses/sessions;
  • Paid vs Free courses;
  • Where to find them (online);
  • LinkedIn Learning;

If you are unable to make this session, register anyway and we can send you the recording afterwards.

Building a strong personal brand

During this interactive Fireside, we shall be taking a look at personal branding when job searching:

  • What is meant by personal branding;
  • Identifying your personal brand;
  • Establishing your brand and your unique selling points (USP)