“Identify your strengths and passions, and bring them to work”. This was one of the key takeaways from last Friday’s Young Professionals Half-Day Conference, where more than 450 young IT professionals gathered at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf.
Attendees came along to hear from three professional speakers who each presented on an expert topic and/or their industry experience.
First up was Barb Griffen, a learning and career consultant who gave those in attendance some tips and tricks on how to better communicate and present themselves to recruiters, employers and colleagues. Through some great examples, Barb went through the communication process and touched on the do’s and don’ts of expressing yourself through verbal and visual language.
Next to take the stage was Dayle Stevens, Divisional CIO of NAB. Dayle had the room engaged from the get-go talking about the career choices that lead her to a long and successful journey into the IT industry. Dayle encouraged our young professionals to take advantage of their strengths and utilise them within a professional environment to help advance their careers.
Lastly, we were lucky to have Naren Chellapah, Director and Head Career Coach at ACECIS, join us at another Young Professionals conference to provide expert advice on securing interviews with IT recruiters and how to optimise your opportunity to land a job.
Thank you to our three speakers for sharing your stories and expertise on these topics. We look forward to the next half-day conference to come in the next couple of months!