From tiny town to global forum, Renee inspired by workshop on future of work

Published:03 June 2019

CQUni Global Voices scholar Renee Cremer (pictured above right and below centre) has returned from the OECD Forum in Paris.

CQUniversity Education student Renee Cremer has returned from the recent OECD Forum in Paris where she was inspired by her role in a 'future of work' workshop.

Renee was part of a group discussing the changing nature of social security to include consideration of non-traditional types of participation in the labour market.

"One of my favourite parts of the trip was hearing of all the unconventional pathways people have taken in order to pursue careers in diplomacy and multilateral fora," she says.

"One of the major highlights of our trip was our meeting with His Excellency Brendan Berne, Australia’s Ambassador to France.

"At his residence, we were delighted with views of the Eiffel Tower while talking all things trade, economics and career development.

"Overall, it was an invigorating experience that has expanded my thinking and understanding of careers in multilateral organisations and how their work affects people and places."

Renee travelled to Paris from her home in the tiny western Queensland town of Miles, saying she was inspired to make the journey on behalf of her future students.

She was one of six Global Voices scholars representing Australia at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris during May.

At the Forum, Scholars had the opportunity to share their voices through informal presentations, solution-orientated workshops, and roundtable discussions.

The forum themes for the OECD 2019, World in EMOTION event included 'A New Societal Contract', 'Integrity and Trust', 'Digitalisation and the Future of Work', and 'International co-operation'.

The theme of Renee's paper for presentation was based on the effective integration of female migrants in regional/rural communities.

"I welcomed the opportunity to get experience working on policy and being part of a forum that was so heavily involved with economic and social development," she says.

"My end goal is to make sure my future students are well prepared for the workforce and have the chance to have a good life.

"I hope to become a leader in developing educational and social opportunity, and intend to work in rural or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities upon finishing my degree.

"It was super inspiring to go to Paris and learn everything I can and bring it back.

"I have a passion for international relations and human development which is what inspired me to pursue the delegation and apply the themes of the forum to my policy to positively impact my community."

Renee is proud of her Aboriginal heritage from the Yuin people of South Coast NSW and is a Murri by birth, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast.

The keen student got involved in many youth initiatives including ARTIE (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education), the Learn Earn Legends Program, and the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Parliament.

She also volunteered to visit high schools in SEQ, motivating students to build resilience to complete secondary education and become job-ready.

After leaving school, Renee worked at Skypoint Café at the Q1 Building on the Gold Coast and also became an acting team leader and sales advisor for Youi Insurance on the Sunshine Coast.

She now juggles her role as a mother with CQUni online study, in between opportunities for classroom practicums at various schools, while still finding time for an active role in sports and netball administration.

Renee plans to specialise as a history and geography teacher in high schools after graduation.

* Global Voices is offered to CQUniversity students as part of the CQUGlobal Outbound Program. Global Voices is a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and develops the next generation of Australian leaders by providing practical experience in foreign policy and international relations. Thanks to university partners including CQUniversity, Global Voices places are provided at minimal cost to the delegates. Details via .