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Career Anxieties in the age of COVID: Pathways for a Social Science Student

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Join us for an online session exploring employability & navigating your career pathway in the social sciences.

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Globally, COVID-19 has made a profound impact in our lives. For those keen to pursue a career in international development and social sciences more broadly, uncertainties around job prospects, travel restrictions, and the sense of isolation from “the real world” can be daunting.

In this panel with representatives from the broader development and social impact industry as well as wellbeing, we will talk about employability in the industry, what new skills and experiences employers are looking for, and how to manage those sleepless, anxious minds when it comes to navigating your career pathway.

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Saul Brady is an UNSW alumni who graduated from the UNSW Business School in 2020. He was awarded the UNSW Deans Award for Service in 2019 as well as the Country Education Foundation Rising Star Award. Saul currently works in Management Consulting at Deloitte, which is a multinational company with offices over 150 countries. He has a strong interest in social impact, and has previously worked on policy and economic evaluation projects for a variety of Government and non-profit organisations.

Emily Moreton leads the Standards and Code team at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), which manages ACFID’s Code of Conduct, providing support and guidance to members. Prior to working at ACFID Emily spent time in Sulawesi, Indonesia as a teacher trainer in local schools, after working for many years as a primary school teacher in NSW. Emily has a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University, and she is a Canberra Group Convenor for Women in Aid & Development. Emily is passionate about helping students better understand what it’s like to work in the development sector and connecting them with existing networks and opportunities.

Juhi Sonrexa is currently Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies at Plan International Australia (Plan), where she has contributed to a number of projects centred on empowering and protecting adolescent girls living in conflict-affected settings. In February, Juhi began a doctorate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Her thesis will be an original social research investigation into strengthening radical post-development theory by augmenting and weaving through its dreams for the endeavour a spiritual sensibility and a spiritual imagination, which she intuits and ascertains to be an absent and vital element. She is extensively involved in partnerships/projects with organisations and universities including Deakin University, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Fiji, the University of South Pacific (USP), and the Australia Research Council in conjunction to her role at Plan. Juhi is cognisant of the radically altered career landscape in development and humanitarian assistance as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and is open to discussing the challenges and possible reconceptualisations of the vocation this can provoke.

This event is hosted by the School of Social Sciences and UNSW Institute for Global Development as part of Mental Health Month hosted by UNSW Student Health and Wellbeing. Stay tuned for more information about other events as part of UNSW's 2021 Mental Health Month.


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