CQUniversity is set to lead a new female careers initiative' thanks to funding from the Australian Government through the National Careers Institute (NCI).
Reframing Our Future is an innovative program empowering women to imagine and design the careers they want' that meet the needs of a changing world' and applications to participate for free are open now.
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.
CQUniversity Social Innovation Program Manager Gayle Evans is leading the project' and said 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 said.
"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 focuses 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.
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
apply by 24 June to begin weekly workshops from 26 July to 15 September 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.