Re-engineering your career – where can engineering take you?

Start time: 1:00pm AEDT. Hear from three professionals who have successfully moved into different roles using their engineering experience.
Re-engineering your career – where can engineering take you?

Being an excellent engineer and great at our jobs is something we all aim for. But what if you start feeling like this is preventing you from exploring new challenges or changing jobs? Join our webinar to learn from other professionals who have successfully managed to redirect their engineering careers.

Further information

This webinar is part of the ‘Asking for a friend’ leadership series. The webinar series provides an opportunity to hear from and engage with like-minded professionals who are keen on sharing their experiences with our engineering community. 

You can also view previous 'Asking for a friend' series webinars on EA OnDemand:

Who should attend this webinar

Technical engineers who aspire to explore new challenges, develop new skills in other technical areas, or to transition to an engineering leadership role.


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Ashwita Venkatesh
Math and Science Teacher at St Andrew's Anglican College

Ashwita worked as a doctor and a clinical researcher for 10 years before deciding to change careers and become a teacher. She has always been passionate about education and fostering growth in the next generation. She teaches math and science at St. Andrews Anglican College. She formerly taught math and science at Pacific Lutheran College. She has previously taught medical students at Griffith University utilising a Problem-Based Learning approach.

She graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2020 with a Master’s in Teaching with a major in Biology and a minor in Science. Ashwita incorporates neuroscientific principles and research into her teaching to build resilience, character and a life-long love for learning in her students.

Professor John Pollaers OAM
Chancellor Swinburne University of Technology

A noted leader and proven international chief executive, Chair and Non-Executive Director, John has a distinguished international career in the Consumer Products and Advanced Manufacturing industries. He speaks widely on the issues of skills development, the imperatives of 21st Century global business, and the necessity of building meaningful collaboration between research and industry.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD and Macquarie University and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Waylon Parker
Pilot, Boeing 787 - Qantas Airways Ltd; Director and Pilot - Perth Warbirds Pty Ltd.

Waylon is an international airline pilot with Qantas Airways and co-owner and pilot of Perth Warbirds, a small business specialising in passenger-carrying adventure flights in ex-military aircraft. Waylon has served as an anti-submarine aircrewman in the U.S. Navy, a bush pilot serving Australia’s remote communities, a charter flight operations manager, an aerobatics pilot, and an airline pilot in high capacity regular public transport (airline) and repatriation flight operations.

Outside of the flight deck, Waylon is actively involved in student and junior pilot mentoring, airline family peer support, the Scouting movement, and the Australian Warbirds movement.


Matthew Bereni MSc Civil, MSc Transport, FIEAust, GAICD, EngExec, RPEQ
National Business Leader, Australian Road Research Board


09 / 11 / 2021 - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
Registration Closes
09 / 11 / 2021 01:00 pm
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