12 episodes

The Career Sessions podcast aims to get to the crux of careers, from those people who are already in them. This informative, yet friendly and fun discussion asks successful Australians to reflect on their path to their current role, and to report back on the valuable lessons they have learned through work and study and how much of an influence their study has had on their current role. The Career Sessions is the brainchild of friends and colleagues, Dr Stephanie Champion and Dr Tamara Agnew who first met at Flinders University in Adelaide.

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The Career Sessions podcast aims to get to the crux of careers, from those people who are already in them. This informative, yet friendly and fun discussion asks successful Australians to reflect on their path to their current role, and to report back on the valuable lessons they have learned through work and study and how much of an influence their study has had on their current role. The Career Sessions is the brainchild of friends and colleagues, Dr Stephanie Champion and Dr Tamara Agnew who first met at Flinders University in Adelaide.

    Professor John Coveney

    Professor John Coveney

    “I was very good at chemistry, the chemistry of food and all that. But I went to University without doing any biology… I remember the first couple of lectures, and I thought the lecturers were saying “D and A” , not “DNA”.  I really had no idea what they were talking about…”


    “Because I undertook my thesis in the Humanities I was able to step outside the usual thesis structure. I did not know it at the time but stepping away from convention allowed me to easily publish much of my thesis as a book “Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating” (Routledge), which is now in its second edition”


    In this Session, Professor John Coveney joins Steph and Tamara to talk about the variety of his day, his journey from a printing apprenticeship in London to Professor of Food, Culture and Health at Flinders University, in Adelaide, and he shares with listeners a brief but ancient history of guilt, pleasure and food in moderation, and turning his PhD into a book that is now in its second edition.



    Co-host and producer: Dr Tamara Agnew
    Co-host: Dr Stephanie Champion
    Join us on Twitter: @CareerSessions
    Join us on Instagram: @CareerSessions
    Visit our website: www.careersessions.com 
    Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth Adelaide
    Proudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia

    • 46 min
    Doctor Susan Close

    Doctor Susan Close

    In this Session, Dr Susan Close talks to us about how taking exception to her supervisors published work led to her own PhD research project (and having him as her supervisor!), why she chose not to use title Doctor for a long time in her early political career, and what made her decide to use it later on, and some very valuable advice for all students who are making decisions about their future.

    • 47 min
    Professor Kate Douglas

    Professor Kate Douglas

    “Teaching is the thing that brings me most joy in my job. Don't get me wrong, I love research, and while teaching has many challenges, somehow I still come out of it feeling happy. Young people today, you know, there is a lot going on and I think it is just a really interesting thing to observe.”


    In this Session, we talk to Professor Kate Douglas about why she probably would not do the same research question now that she is a parent, about how unique PhDs contribute to whole systems of knowledge, and about the raft of valuable skills you gain whilst undertaking a PhD, such as project management, critical thinking, and how to accept feedback for what it is.


    What is the title of your PhD: "Contesting Childhood: Auto/biography, Memory and Trauma"


    Where did you complete your PhD (College/faculty/school, university): School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland


    What year did you graduate: 2003


    What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


    Any honours or masters: First class Hons (English)


    What is your job title, today: Professor of English


    https://www.flinders.edu.au/people/kate.douglas


     


    Guest: Professor Kate Douglas


    Producer: Dr Tamara Agnew


    Co-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara Agnew


    Join us on Twitter: @CareerSessions


    Join us on Instagram: @CareerSessions


    Visit our website: www.careersessions.com


    Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth Adelaide


    Proudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au

    • 50 min
    Doctor Cameron Shearer

    Doctor Cameron Shearer

    “To me, the life of a PhD student is repetitive frustrating, challenging, and rewarding. I think I need to add a caveat on the rewarding part in that it’s unfair that effort in doesn’t always mean reward out. It’s rewarding, but not when you expect it, or you can’t expect it to be rewarding. It has to be rewarding in its own way. …. Things that are difficult, when you finish them, its more rewarding when they were difficult. If something is easy, there’s no real feeling of reward there”.


    If you don’t know what a carbon nanotube is, well, Dr Cameron Shearer has got you covered. In this Session, he explains to Steph and Tamara how he wanted to use the technology to create a water particle filter, what happened next, and how he felt 2.5 years into his PhD; about writing conference presentations to a very short deadline; and he talks about his opportunity to go on the children’s television science show, “Scope” to talk about his research.


     


    What is the title of your PhD: Fabrication and applications of carbon nanotube/ silicon nanostructures


    Where did you complete your PhD: Flinders University


    What year did you graduate: 2012


    What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology


    Any honours or masters: 1 year Honours (research in Nanotechnology). 2007


    What is your job title, today: Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry at University of Adelaide*


    *Cameron has changed roles since we recorded the podcast, and this is where you will find him these days…*


    Professional Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/cameron.shearer


    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-shearer-06625895   


     


    Guest: Dr Cameron Shearer


    Producer: Dr Tamara Agnew


    Co-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara Agnew


    Join us on Twitter: @CareerSessions


    Join us on Instagram: @CareerSessions


    Visit our website: www.careersessions.com


    Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth Adelaide


    Proudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au/

    • 51 min
    Doctor Mark Krstic

    Doctor Mark Krstic

    “There are a lot of PhDs out there. Sometimes it's nice to use the Doctor title or the Professor title or whatever you might have, but I think that is the myth that I wanted to dispel, that once your PhD is finished, there is still a lot of hard work ahead of you and it doesn't finish. You know if you really want to succeed, it's hard work… I am sorry to dispel that myth”.


    In this session Mark talks to us about his journey from pines to vines in the field of agricultural science. He tells us how a very early visit to the Dean of Agriculture at UTAS helped cement his choices through school, how a little memory he had of a great Aunt spurred him on in his education journey, how a community *allegedly* benefited from his two-year old pine sample at Christmas time, and what he looks for as an employer, beyond just the attainment of a PhD.


    What is the title of your PhD: Anatomical and physiological factors affecting adventitious root formation in Pinus radiata (D.Don) cuttings


    Where did you complete your PhD: University of Tasmania


    What year did you graduate: 1997


    What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), University of Tasmania (1993)


    Any honours or masters: Master of Business Administration, The University of Queensland (2008)


    What is your job title, today: Managing Director – The Australian wine Research Institute www.awri.com.au


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-krstic-9bb8668/


     


    Guest: Dr Mark Krstic


    Producer: Dr Tamara Agnew


    Co-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara Agnew


    Join us on Twitter: @CareerSessions


    Join us on Instagram: @CareerSessions


    Visit our website: www.careersessions.com


    Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth Adelaide


    Proudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au/

    • 42 min
    Doctor Andy Stapleton

    Doctor Andy Stapleton

    "I think I've always been attracted to learning. I think that's one thing I have learned about myself is that I just enjoy learning and I think, if you stop learning, that is the end of growth. Even if you are stationary because of what you know, you are going backwards because the world is progressing. You have got to at least learn enough to keep up. And so, I think I would always be learning. I don’t know what that would be. I don’t know if science necessarily would attract me back to it, that was my only thing. But I certainly feel like science or music? Those were the two things. So, if I didn't do science, I reckon I'd be a happy but struggling musician...."


    In this Career Session, Dr Andy Stapleton talks to us about why he decided to undertake his PhD in Australia (hint, it was much easier than applying for any other visas); why it took so long for him to quit academia and set up as his own boss; and the importance of science communicating, and how universities can do better at promoting the research going on in their institutions.  


    What is the title of your PhD: Nanoparticle Based Organic Photovoltaic Devices


    Where did you complete your PhD: Newcastle University, NSW


    What year did you graduate: 2011


    What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: MChem


    What is your job title, today: Founder of verbalize.science 


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-j-stapleton/


    TedXFlinders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXj8qHxS0A0


     


    Guest: Dr Andrew Stapleton
    Producer: Dr Tamara Agnew
    Co-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara Agnew
    Join us on Twitter: @CareerSessions
    Join us on Instagram: @CareerSessions
    Visit our website: www.careersessions.com 
    Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth Adelaide
    Proudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

LeighLiving ,

An interesting listen

This is a fascinating podcast, full of valuable, targeted insights. A real deep dive into journeys and pathways that will benefit many.

amingin ,

Great podcast!

This podcast has so many thought provoking topics. Thanks so much!

gobogirl ,

Great Show

This show’s great! It offers real incites that you just don’t get in other formats. Well done, Career Sessions!

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