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Reframing Our Future invites women to design dream future-proofed career

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CQUniversity is leading a new female careers initiative, thanks to funding from the Federal Government through the National Careers Institute (NCI).

Reframing Our Future is an innovative and free program empowering women to imagine and design the careers they want, that meet the needs of a changing world.

Co-designed by CQUniversity and Tomorrow Architects and delivered over eight weeks from July 2022, Reframing Our Future will support women who have taken a break from employment, or want new jobs and careers that better fit with life commitments, while tackling emerging social issues.

Whether it’s unpaid caring, health, the pandemic, or something else that’s paused your career, we know women face disproportionate barriers to achieving financial security and job satisfaction in their employment.

CQUniversity social innovation program manager, Gayle Evans

Women must register by June 24 to participate and can sign up, here.

CQUniversity social innovation program manager Gayle Evans is leading the project, and says it’s an exciting opportunity for women at a career crossroads.

“Whether it’s unpaid caring, health, the pandemic, or something else that’s paused your career, we know women face disproportionate barriers to achieving financial security and job satisfaction in their employment,” she says.

“I’ve had many chapters in my career, and the most fulfilling has been has been after I followed advice to ‘find what you’re passionate about, and pursue that’.

“Reframing Our Future is an opportunity for more women to discover that — it goes beyond traditional career support, which often focusses on information and knowledge exchange, by supporting participants to recognise their own values and beliefs as well as their skills.

“The future is full of change — providing us with both challenges and opportunities. This innovative program will empower participants with insights that we hope will help them create meaningful and fulfilling career pathways.”

With options for online and in-person (Brisbane) streams, the program connects participants with careers professionals and supports them to map talents and passions against future-of-work trends.

The future is full of change — providing us with both challenges and opportunities. This innovative program will empower participants with insights that we hope will help them create meaningful and fulfilling career pathways.

Gayle Evans

Through group sessions and one-on-one coaching, this program also grows confidence and accelerates career ambitions, in a safe and empowering environment.

Participants will gain a CQUniversity certificate of completion, and build networks for their next career moves, into industry, business or social sectors.

The program will support 55 women who are ready to future-proof their careers, and expressions of interest are open now to begin weekly workshops from July 26 to September 15, 2022.

Reframing Our Future is one of 42 new projects funded by the Australian Government through the National Careers Institute (NCI), with the latest round of Partnership Grants providing $10 million for projects that focus on increasing career opportunities and pathways for women.

The project embeds social innovation principles and practice, as part of CQUniversity’s commitment to empower people to solve real-life challenges and change the world.

CQUniversity is Australia’s first Changemaker university with Ashoka U, an international network of universities committed to social innovation, entrepreneurship and impact.

Last month, CQUniversity also became Australia’s first and only social enterprise university, certified by Social Traders.

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