Past Events

Past Events

Women, Stories, Opportunities: Careers for Women in the Arts and Social Sciences


Christine El-Khoury, Theodora Chan, and Laura McManus

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

ArtSS Career-Ready would like to invite you to a lunch-time forum on careers for women in the Arts and Social Sciences.

Our diverse and talented guest speakers are all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

They shared a frank and honest view on how our graduates’ degrees have helped in their careers, obstacles they have faced and overcome as women in the workforce, and the sharing of their journeys to encourage you to be better equipped and empowered for your career ahead.

About the speakers

Theodora Chan,
BA (Media & Comms) '10, BA (Hons) '12
Co-Founder and Content Director, Pen and Pixel

As a digital marketer with a decade of industry experience, Theodora’s background includes copywriting, social media, search engine optimisation, and content strategy. Previously, Theodora has worked as the Online Editor for one of Australia’s largest weekly publications, as well as managing 8 titles in her role as Optimisation Manager for Pacific Magazines, before making the move into client-based work.

During her time in "Agency Land", Theodora managed clients such as True Local, Sensis, Yellow Pages, and more. She has also ghost-written and published two books on social media and guerrilla marketing tactics. More recently, Theodora has started her own content marketing agency, managing a team of creatives from all over the world.

In her spare time, Theodora is actively involved with the University of Sydney as a writer for the Alumni Department, volunteer mentor for recent graduates, and panelist for the university’s Media and Communications department.

Theodora is also a passionate advocate for mental health. She has delivered Q&A sessions with carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and will soon be working with BPDAustralia.

Christine El-Khoury,
Interview Producer, 7.30, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Christine graduated from The University of Sydney with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2015. She currently works at ABC Radio as a Reporter/Producer for Radio National's Background Briefing program. Previously, Christine has acted as a producer for the popular news/current affairs programs 7:30 and Q&A.

Born and bred in Melbourne, Christine completed her undergraduate degree in Media Studies at La Trobe University and moved to Sydney in 2007 to take up a position with SBS Television as researcher/reporter for Insight.

Laura McManus,
BGS '10, Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) '12
Ethical Sourcing Lead, Konica Minolta

Laura is a business and human rights practitioner with a keen interest in how companies and the non-for-profit (NFP) sector can engage in meaningful and sustainable social impact. Her research interests include human trafficking for forced labour, the recruitment of migrant workers, domestic worker rights and ethical sourcing.

After starting her career in NFPs, Laura turned her attention to the corporate world where she currently works with Konica Minolta as Ethical Sourcing Lead. In this role Laura has developed and is implementing the company’s Ethical Sourcing Roadmap, as well as overseeing their Human Rights Position Statement and advocacy efforts. She is an advocate for smart regulation and supports growing calls for transparency in supply chains legislation in Australia.

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Seeing the Bigger Picture: Career Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our event was well attended on Wednesday 21 September in the Sutherland Room, Holme Building. Students heard from successful Arts graduates from the University of Sydney, and broadened their possibilities for their post-university career.

Seeing the Bigger Picture - speakers

About the speakers:

Sarah Ayoub, a freelance journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Marie-Claire, Girlfriend, Cosmopolitan, House & Garden, Sunday Style, CLEO and more, and she has spoken at numerous industry events including the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival and more. Sarah’s novels Hate is Such a Strong Word and the Yearbook Committee are contemporary stories of identity, belonging and discovery. She regularly speaks at schools and writers festivals about identity and self-worth in YA fiction, and is passionate about empowering young people to see the value in their own personal stories.

Emily McCosker, Principal Policy Officer at Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. She has over ten years’ experience in policy management across a number of NSW public service departments, from research and development through to implementation and evaluation. After starting with the NSW public service graduate programs, Emily now works directly with Government Ministers, their staff and senior members of the NSW Public Sector. In this forum, Emily will talk about her experiences in navigating opportunities for graduates with arts degrees, and how to build an effective career path in the public service.

Hamish Stewart, Executive Creative Director, R/GA. Hamish studied a BA majoring in English and Psychology. Looking back, his first four subjects - English, Psychology, Economics and Fine Arts - demonstrated interests in writing, psychology, business and graphic design, which were ultimately reflected in his advertising career. In his 20 years in the industry, Hamish has worked across clients including Optus, CommBank, ANZ, Macquarie, Qantas and Google.

Student Briefing Session Week 3 Semester 2, 2016

Whether you are only beginning your time with us, or well on the way to getting your degree, we here at FASS are already thinking about how we can support you in making the transition from university to a successful career in the workforce.

ArtSS Career-Ready briefing sessions were held on Wednesday 10 August between 1-2pm

Women, Stories, Opportunities: Careers for Women in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Helen Dalley and Rebecca Craske

ArtSS Career-Ready hosted its inaugural forum on careers for women in the Arts and Social Sciences on 6 May 2016.

Keynote speakers were both graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, telling their stories and the opportunities they encountered as graduates of the Faculty:

Helen Dalley, BA (Hons) (French) The University of Sydney - Anchor at Sky News Australia, hosting the national weekly political current affairs interview show The Dalley Edition and National Sunday News.

Rebecca Craske, BA (International Relations & French) The University of Sydney; LLB (Hons) The University of Sydney - Vincent Fairfax Fellowship and Facilitator with the Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from recent graduates from the University of Sydney who have undertaken placements through ArtSS Career-Ready.

The event was also well attended by industry representatives who gave up their time to talk informally with students after the speeches.

Briefing sessions Week 3 Semester 1 2016

ArtSS Career-Ready briefing sessions were held on Wednesday 16 March and Friday 18 March at 1pm in the Woolley Common Room, Room N480 in the John Woolley Building – A22.

Briefing Sessions Week 3 Semester 2 2015

ArtSS Career-Ready briefing sessions were held on Wednesday 12 August and Thursday 13 August at 1pm in the Woolley Common Room, Room N480 in the John Woolley Building – A22.

Official Launch

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Duncan Ivison, launched the ArtSS Career-Ready program, with guest speaker Louise Herron (Sydney Opera House) on Wednesday 3 June 2015 at the University of Sydney.

The launch was attended by all of the ArtSS Career-Ready partners and showcased how a degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences develops the critical high-level skills increasingly necessary for the workforce in the 21st century.


Program Briefing Sessions

ArtSS Career-Ready briefing sessions were held on Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 March at 1pm in the Woolley Common Room, Room N480 in the John Woolley Building – A22.

Arts and Careers: a presentation by the Dean and the Program Director

Arts and careers: Why the world needs arts graduates and why employers want them
Presented by Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Associate Professor Richard Miles, Department of Classics and Ancient History History (Held at Info Day – Tuesday 6 January 2015)

18:48 minutes Download video (mp4, 131 Mb)