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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

ADCET Webinar: Panel Discussion - Career success for Graduates with Disability

Event details

For this webinar, we will be facilitating a panel discussion that will focus on answering questions on how to support graduates with disability towards career success.

You will hear from:

  • UTAS Graduate Sam Flood, who participated in a social media campaign called 'Let's find Sam an internship' and is now working as a Pharmacist in Melbourne,
  • Griffith University Equity Practitioner Jeremy Muir, working on a project to improve the internal employment of PwD,
  • Mylestones Employment Job Development Officer Natalie Searson, who has spent the last 12 months supporting graduated and graduating students with disabilities in their career search,
  • UOW Career Counsellor Kate Carroll, who specialises in supporting students from equity groups, including students with disability,

The panel will answer your questions and share their ideas and thoughts about how to work with students with disability to transition successfully into graduate employment.

Photo of Sam Flood

Sam Flood is currently on his intern year as a Pharmacist in Melbourne. Sam studied pharmacy at the University of Tasmania and graduated in 2016. In 2017 he applied for over 40 intern positions across Tasmania and Australia. Mid way into 2017 he still hadn’t been successful for a position. He then took part in a social media campaign called “Let’s get Sam an internship.” A video of Sam and his frustration in not being able to find a placement and how he felt this may be related to his disability was promoted on Facebook and Twitter. The video was shared 159 times, and 15,000 people watched it. Sam received 10 firm offers and has now been working successfully in a Pharmacy in Melbourne Victoria.

Photo of Jeremy Muir

Jeremy Muir is Old. He has worked across at least 3 States and for no less than 6 Tertiary Institutions in Equity/Disability services over a 26 year period occasionally leaving the sector to work for less money if that's possible in the NGO sphere. Did I mention he was old? Jeremy has also had the opportunity to work directly with and for politicians with a left-leaning slant. This he found interesting. Jeremy remembers a time before the NDIS, before the DDA Education Standards, when December 3rd was called International Day of Disabled Persons and the last time Essendon won the AFL Grand Final. Jeremy is old. He found his way back into Disabilities Services at Griffith University unexpectedly 6 years ago with a view to staying for a short period of time but alas the work has kept him attached. Alongside his current role in Disability Services, Jeremy is currently working on a project within HR Services looking at how the University attracts people with disabilities in applying to the University and how it can best support them once they are working for University.

photo of Natalie Searson

Natalie Searson is a Disability Employment Services professional with 8 years of front line experience supporting people with disability into meaningful work. Born in Tasmania, Natalie has experienced her own diverse career in the public and private sector, in Tasmania, Canberra and Queensland. Returning to work after her children started school, Natalie’s passion for social justice found her working in the Disability sector, working collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds and their families. Focusing on disability employment and case management, Natalie wished to gain more knowledge and develop in this area and in 2016 successfully graduated with a degree in Social Welfare. An approved assessor to deliver SWS and OSA assessments, an Alumni Student Mentor for Southern Cross University, and a current Masters of Social Welfare student, Natalie is a passionate advocate for the success of graduates with disability. Natalie has utilized these skills and experiences over the last 12 months to pilot the University Specialist Employment Partnerships model with Griffith University, supporting graduates with disability who would like additional one-on-one support to get into work after study.


photo of Kate Carroll

With a background in outreach and teaching roles with disadvantaged cohorts, Kate Carroll joined UOW Careers Central team in 2016 as the Careers Consultant Equity. Kate supports students and graduates from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds on the main campus at Wollongong to support students in achieve not only graduate success, but individualised employability skills and knowledge in lead up to graduation. Kate is passionate about embedding principles of equity and social justice throughout UOW Career Central services and provides support, resources and guidance to Careers Central staff across all regional and metropolitan campuses on how to look at their practices through an equity lens.



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Dates and times

23 Aug 2018  1:00pm AEST
23 Aug 2018  2:00pm AEST