BEL Careers Day 2023

Building your future!

Session details

Keynote address

Stephanie Rice 
Former Olympic swimmer 

Join former Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice in conversation with MBA Manager Roxene Shea, who will discuss Stephanie's career journey and provide insights into transferrable skills, career exploration and continuous learning as she currently studies her MBA at UQ.


Industry Insights Panel: The Future of Work 

We will discuss the latest labour market trends, workforce demands, technological innovations and societal changes that will shape emerging opportunities and determine how we work in the future. 

Melinda Pratt from UQ

Melinda Pratt
UQ, Senior Research Associate of Educational Leadership and Professional Learning Innovation

Marta Newport from Grant Thornton

Marta Newport
Grant Thornton, National People & Culture Leader 

Shane Francis from EY

Shane Francis
EY, Director People Advisory Services


Craig Thompson from Accenture

Craig Thompson
Accenture, Managing Director 

Nathan Anderson from Volvo

Nathan Anderson
Volvo, Senior Business Partner – Talent & Onboarding 




The BEL One-hour Internship

Co-facilitated by Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC)

Put your knowledge and skills into action in this industry-facilitated, immersive experience that will see you work in teams to solve a real-world industry challenge. You will hone your problem-solving, time-management, teamwork and communication skills and get to experience what it's like to work in the professional services sector. 


The Art of Influencing: Pitching and Storytelling Workshop 

Co-facilitated by UQ Ventures 

Whether you are pitching a business idea, presenting a project to your colleagues or talking to customers, you need to be able to interest, convince and influence others with your words. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to effectively communicate your ideas, projects or personal brand by using compelling storytelling and pitching techniques.


What Employers Want: Developing Transferrable Skills

Co-facilitated by BDO 

Career success doesn't only depend on your technical abilities. Employers highly value transferrable skills such as teamwork, communication and planning skills. The good news is, you've likely got a few of these already – and still have time to develop others! This session will help you identify and develop the transferrable skills that will help you make your career a success.

Charlie from BDO Charlie Cowell, BDO 
Charlie is a career professional who combines his background in finance and recruitment with his passion for human resources management. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in HR Management and Services at RMIT University, while working as a Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner for Early Careers at BDO in Australia where he recruits students into vacationer, undergraduate and graduate roles, withing accounting, finance, law, engineering and more.  


Application Masterclass: Recruitment Essentials from the Inside 

Co-facilitated by Grant Thornton 

Get the inside scoop from experienced HR professionals on the key stages of the recruitment process and what they look for in your job application. You will learn where to find opportunities and how to write an impactful cover letter and tailor your resume to showcase your strengths and suitability for the job – giving you the tools to stand out in a competitive job market.

Marta Newport from Grant Thornton Marta Newport, National People & Culture Leader, Grant Thornton 
Marta is an experienced people strategist and leader with strategic and operational Human Resources experience across multiple industries and cultures. For the past 7 years Marta has worked as a National People and Culture Leader for Grant Thornton Australia, based in Brisbane.   


Networking Essentials: Building Meaningful Connections

Co-facilitated by EY 

Networking is a key skill for career and business success. In this session, you will learn how to build your professional brand through effective face-to-face networking and by utilising LinkedIn as your professional social media platform. You will develop your elevator pitch and learn techniques for engaging in meaningful conversations to make lasting connections.

Georgia Fry from EY Georgia Fry, EY 
Georgia is a Senior Campus Recruitment Consultant at EY. After graduating from UQ with a dual Bachelor's degree of Business Management and Science in 2020, her career in Human Resources spans various organisations, from family-owned to global companies. In the past two years, she has worked in the early careers space at EY, where her passion lies in empowering students to secure internships and graduate roles. 


Getting Hired: Interviewing for Success 

Co-facilitated by Powerlink

The interview is the most important part of the recruitment process. How you prepare and deliver your message to a future employer will be crucial to your employment success. This workshop will shine a light on different interview types and what employers look for in them, while demonstrating techniques to effectively showcase your skills and experiences – ensuring you will attend your next interview with confidence.

Vargo Bamfield headshot Vargo Bamfield, Manager Finance & Tax, Powerlink  
Vargo Bamfield is a seasoned Chartered Accountant with an extensive background in strategic financial management, corporate reporting, and process optimisation including having over a decade of experience in leadership roles within the Electricity Industry. Vargo currently manages crucial financial operations at Powerlink, contributing to the organisation’s growth and sustainability as it journeys towards becoming Queensland’s Renewable Supergrid.