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Job Seeking in 2020

Despite these challenging times, we continue to look forward and collaborate with the University community to bring you insightful career advice and resources.

This event is part of Ask Alumni Live – a series of live-streamed career events developed specifically for recent graduates.

Featuring a Randstad recruitment expert and alumni with experience at Deutsche Bank, PwC and ANZ, this first event will explore:

  • How to market yourself and stand out
  • How to adapt to changing circumstances and set yourself up for success
  • Top tips for job seeking during difficult times from fellow alumni who started their career during the 2008 global financial crisis.

While recent graduates will find this event particularly useful, we invite everyone in our alumni community to attend. Whether you are job seeking, taking your first career steps, or looking for a change, we hope this session will be helpful.


Margaret Quixley | Host (MIR 2013)

Margaret graduated in 2013 with a Masters in International Relations, and her degree took her to the UN in New York. After returning in 2014, Margaret founded Young Opportunities Australia – a social enterprise connecting students and recent graduates with opportunities to make an impact.

Over the last 10 years, Margaret has worked in the environment sector as a campaigner and advocate. She is presently employed as Campaigns Director with the Alliance for Gambling Reform, and is Chair of the University of Melbourne Alumni Council.

Aditya Chibber
(BCom(Hons) 2008)

Graduating in 2008, Aditya entered the workforce as the world was in the grips of the Global Financial Crisis, and has gone on to forge a successful career in investment banking, leading to his current role at Deutsche Bank.

He had held previous roles at Credit Suisse, Grant Samuel, PwC, Goldman Sachs as well as the University of Melbourne. He has also Chaired the Faculty of Business & Economics Young Alumni Committee; was the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Business and Economics Alumni Council, and has mentored several Business and Economics students.

Shirley Gu
(BCom(Hons) 2008, GradCert in Management 2013)

After getting a taste of work as an intern with the Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank, Shirley worked for four years at ANZ before Co-Founding career couching company Careerists.

For the past four years, she has been CEO of the Infinity Coaching Institute, following her passion to help determined individuals to enter the Australian labour market and reach their career potential. Shirley has also mentored several times in the Faculty of Business and Economics mentoring program.

James Sycamore
Specialist IT Recruitment Consultant | Team Leader - Randstad Technologies

James has been in the recruitment industry for more than 15 years in various roles, from Payroll through to Learning & Development, with the majority of his experience being a specialist recruitment consultant in Education, HR, Banking & Finance and Information Technology.

He has supported a large number of people over the years in securing their ideal roles at all experience levels, from graduates through to senior level executives. These have been within all types of businesses ranging from start-ups through to global enterprises and across all industries.