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ACS Summit: Career Elevation Unconference

Targeted towards but not limited to students currently completing their studies, this special event will allow participants to keep abreast with their professional development through the facilitation of three sessions, highlighting ways in which you can stand out and succeed as a skilled professional.

Registration End Date: Tue, 27 Apr, 05:00 PM

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  • where

  • ACS Melbourne Innovation Hub
    Level 14, 839 Collins Street
    Docklands VIC 3008
  • when

  • Event Start: Fri, 30 Apr, 12:30 PM
    Event Finish: Fri, 30 Apr, 03:15 PM
  • event price

  • Member: $30.00
  • Member-Concessional: $30.00
  • Non-Member: $50.00

  • * Your price may vary on registration depending on your membership type.

<p>This event will be taking place in person at the ACS Melbourne Innovation Hub. ACS Victoria is excited to welcome members back to face-to-face events.<br><br>This &#39;Unconference&#39; event will involve three <b>highly interactive</b> professional development opportunities running concurrently. As there are only two session times available, participants will need to choose the top two activities they would like to participate in. Attendees will be sent a link prior to the event where they will select their activities for each of the sessions. Activity details can be found below.<br><br>Session times will run from 1:15pm - 2:00pm and 2:15pm - 3:00pm. Guest facilitators will lead each career session spending 45 minutes exploring topics and engaging in small group discussions engaging in small group discussions <b>and activities that will get everyone involved</b>. We will then return to the larger group and present back on shared learnings, solutions, and new skills learned.  <br><br>This event is perfect for emerging professionals who are keen to further invest in their professional development, and would like the opportunity to involve themselves in live situations that can prepare them for future roles and challenging situations. <b>Don&#39;t miss this special event!</b><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1616567402000"></img><br><br><u><b>Session 1 - Good Impressions - Getting the most out of your internship to ensure it leads to a job with Ashwin Kovil, Motorola Solutions</b></u><br><br>Considering the number of people applying for internships and the number of spots available, getting an internship can often be a tough job. In this session, I will cover key questions I had when I was hunting for internships such as;<br>•    When should I start applying?<br>•    What can I do to enhance my skills?<br>•    How can I stand out?<br>•    How to handle rejection better?<br><br>Since job hunting is a full time job, I will also cover some factors to keep in mind so that you can balance application processes with your study commitments. In addition to sharing ideas to better equip you to acquire the internship, I will also be covering elements that you need to be aware of to make the most out of the internship you secure. This includes effective use of learning platforms as well as building and maintaining professional networks.<br><br><u><b>Session 2 - How to wow a recruiter and smash your job interview with Dean Edwards, Monash University</b></u></p> <p>Mock interviews are a great way to gain experience, practice interview skills, receive feedback, and improve performance.<br><br>Join recruitment expert from Monash University, Dean Edwards for this interactive session where you will take part in a mock interviews and discussions, helping you to discover what makes for a great interview and how not to blow it.<br><br><u><b>Session 3 - The Art of the Elevator Pitch with Nadine Russell, Telstra and Michelle Bourke, ACS Victoria</b></u><br><br>Often the key to securing a new role or standing out from the crowd is knowing how to sell yourself. A 30 second elevator pitch can be used to describe you and what you do concisely and in a compelling way. The elevator pitch derived from the notion of delivering an effective and succinct speech in the time span of an actual elevator ride of approximately 30-90 seconds.<br><br>In this session, Michelle and Nadine, will listen to your 30 second pitch in response to one of the job advertisements provided to you in pre-event material and give you some constructive feedback.<span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p><u><b>If your registration name is required to be changed, please contact ACS Victoria at [email protected]</b></u><br><br><br><br><i><b>IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ATTENDEES:</b></i><br>We take the health of our members, staff and the community seriously. Therefore, all necessary COVIDSafe steps will be taken in order to keep you and other guests safe at ACS events. Due to the importance of contact tracing for COVID-19 purposes if required, it is important to have your attendance registered.<br><br>On arrival at registration, please make sure to have your event confirmation e-mail with QR code ready to present where your attendance will be recorded. This can be provided via your phone or a printed copy.</p>


Professional Development


 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM  Registration open                          
 01:00 PM - 01:15 PM  Welcome                          
 01:15 PM - 02:00 PM  Round 1 Sessions                          
 02:00 PM - 02:15 PM  Break                          
 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM  Round 2 Sessions                          
 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM  Present Learning                          
 03:15 PM - 03:15 PM  Event concludes                          

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Learning and development management (ETMG) -> Level 3


Ashwin Kovil

Ashwin Kovil

Ashwin Kovil is a current a Master of Information Systems candidate at the University of Melbourne specialising in business analytics.

Currently serving as an Associate Engineer (Contract) with the solutions team at Motorola Solutions, Ashwin responsible for managing the Innovation Center in Melbourne and realizing use cases developed by the pre-sales team. Prior to embarking on in his Master’s degree, he gained professional experience in the field of data science as an associate analyst in the Advanced Analytics department of EY India. At EY, Ashwin had the opportunity to work with and gain expertise in the fields of NLP, Chatbot development and Social Media Analytics. He is also currently venturing into the field of cyber security as a visiting consultant to help set up a cyber-security consulting practice for MCorp consulting.

Ashwin's areas of interest include the application of analytics and associated strategy formulation in the field of cyber security, telecom and energy.

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Dean Edwards

Dean Edwards

Originally from Adelaide Dean Edwards, moved to Melbourne nearly 10 years ago.

Dean has a Bachelor of Management (Human Resources) and has been working in recruitment since 2015. Currently a Senior Recruitment Consultant for Monash University, Dean  recruits for a diverse range of roles including their entire central IT Division called eSolutions.

With a real focus on candidate experience during every recruitment process, Dean likes helping candidates to be their best and achieve the best possible result all while offering his expert tips and advice.

His other passion is AFL. In his spare time, Dean loves heading down to the G or Marvel to watch a game of footy.

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Nadine Russell

Nadine Russell

Nadine Russell is General Manager for Enterprise and Government customers at Telstra responsible for Sales and Service across her portfolio of customers. Nadine’s focus is to develop strategic relationships with customers and partners by offering innovative solutions to address customer technology and service requirements.

Prior to this role Nadine was an Account Director for large Enterprise customers at Telstra and has also worked in the Telstra Cloud team as a Cloud Specialist. With over 20 years’ in Telecommunications and IT Nadine has extensive experience in leading sales, marketing and product teams within Nortel, Optus, Uecomm and Interactive.

Nadine is passionate about making a difference in our community and driving customer and team success. By leading a team with strong values and culture the aim is to provide a positive customer experience for our customers and their communities.

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Michelle Bourke

Michelle Bourke

Michelle is a highly accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in strategy, general operations management, marketing, governance, PR, communications and membership. With an intrinsic understanding of the Australian consumer services environment, Michelle’s roles have primarily focused on delivering seamless experiences to members and customers across the key contact points and service channels of an organisation.

Becoming part of the ever evolving ‘tech’ sector started in 2015 when she joined ACS as State Manager, Victoria.
Prior to this role, Michelle was the Director, Membership, Marketing and Communications for AMA Victoria where she was responsible for brand, membership, communications, marketing, community and corporate social responsibility.

She is known for her professional approach and commercial proficiency, having worked closely with senior executives in “blue chip” corporate environments, government leaders, clients, media, members and major stakeholder groups.

Michelle is an advisory board member on the #techdiversity – a foundation committed to amplifying diversity awareness and achieving a culture of inclusion, through conversation, collaboration and action among a committed #TechDiversity community.


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Level 14, 839 Collins Street,Docklands,VIC,Australia

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