Creating Engaged and Employable Graduates

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There is a lot of focus from the University’s point of view on the need to ensure our graduates are engaged and employable. But what does this mean? And what are employers looking for in the next generation of the workforce? In this session, Gabrielle Dalmau of Next Phase and Megan Dwyer of M&P Partners offer their perspective on employers’ expectations of graduate recruits and the future of the Australia job market.

Presenters’ Biographies

Gabrielle Dalmau:

Gabrielle has over 30 years’ experience in specialist and generalist Human Resources roles at senior and executive levels in Coles Myer, Bank of Melbourne, Westpac Banking Corporation, and long-term assignments across a mix of corporates, private companies, not for profit, government and university sectors. Managing change to deliver business outcomes and translating strategy into operational reality is the focus of Gabrielle’s career.  She has delivered major change programs for Dulux Group, Austin Health, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Bank of Melbourne, Bendigo Bank, BUPA Australia (HBA) & Department of Health (Victoria) and Monash University to mention a few.  Gabrielle is currently the National Talent and Learning & Development Manager for Nissan Australia while continuing to run her consulting business a few days a week.

Megan Dwyer:

Megan is a highly skilled HR professional whose 25+ year career has been shaped by her passion to create environments that enable people to work more productively and to deliver success for organisations. This is something she does with gusto for her clients and in equal measure within her own business and with her own people. It’s what motivates her every day.

Megan is a deep and strategic thinker whose clients value her depth of experience implementing HR strategy, organisational design and development programs covering all stages of the employee lifecycle. She has done this for companies such as ANZ, Bendigo Bank, St George Bank, Vodafone, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Westpac, Victorian WorkCover Authority, NAB and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, and more recently for Orica, Cbus and AustralianSuper. Megan has an uncanny ability to problem solve with her clients, always uncovering the root cause of an underlying issue. She builds strong and enduring relationships, based on honesty, integrity and authenticity.

In fact, Megan is authentic in her approach to all things, including her pursuit of the perfect coffee. One of Megan’s most frequently asked questions in the office is “Can we do this over coffee?” Outside the office, she’s often found perfecting her tennis stroke and immersing herself in the exploration of food, cultures and communities when travelling with her family. She’s also kicking goals as a Board Member of the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).

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