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Alumni Experience Conference

9 - 10 August 2019
Monash University, Clayton, Australia

About the Conference

Dates: 9 - 10 August 2019
Theme: Alumni Knowledge and Experience:
Reflecting on Real-World Transition Practice
Venue: Monash University, Faculty of Education 
Clayton campus, Australia
The Learning & Teaching Building (LTB)
Cost: Free

Alumni Experience Conference (AEC) is a forum for alumni, scholars, researchers and current students in various disciplines to discuss ways of enhancing the connection between curricula/pedagogies and real-world practices.

We have pleasure in inviting you to participate in this free event.  It will provide you with relevant professional development as well as the opportunity to contribute to this important conversation about the gap between University and Employment. 

We welcome graduates of Australian universities to do a 20-minute presentation. See Call for submissions section.


Keynote 1 (day 1)

Associate Professor Michael Tomlinson

Keynote by Associate Professor Michael Tomlinson
Associate Professor Michael Tomlinson is a leading researcher in graduate employability at the University of Southampton, UK.

Michael Tomlinson is an expert in the sociology of education and work, with specific interests in higher education policy and the labour market. He has researched developments in higher education policy, the marketisation of UK higher education and the implications this has for institutions, students and academics. His work is conceptually and critically informed. He has pioneered a number of key models, including the graduate career orientations model and, more recently, the graduate capital model.

Keynote 2 (day 2)

Thanh Pham

Keynote by Dr Thanh Pham, Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Dr Thanh Pham has been working in higher education for more than 10 years. Her main research areas are graduate employability, intercultural education, and education internationalisation. She has been conducting substantial research on internationalisation of higher education curricula and enhancing interactions of students from various backgrounds and contexts. Thanh is heavily researching graduate employability with a focus on unpacking how graduates develop strategies to navigate barriers in the labour markets. She’s been conducting research in Australia, Vietnam and Japan to develop comparative models showing resources/capitals that graduates should be aware of and develop so that they could thrive in both host and home  labour markets.

Keynote 3 (day 2)

Chris Thompson

Keynote by Associate Professor Chris Thompson, Faculty of Science, Monash University.

A/Prof Chris Thompson is a Chemistry Education Researcher with a background in physical chemistry. He has published over 50 papers in the fields of both science education and his native discipline of spectroscopy. In the Faculty of Science he has focused on curriculum and assessment reform across all year levels, and paid particular attention to the employability of Science Graduates from all disciplines. He is also currently Associate Dean (Education).

Effective strategies to navigate career barriers in today’s global context

Dr. Karen Medica

Professional Development Workshop
By Dr. Karen Medica - Monash Business School

Dr Karen Medica is an Early Career Researcher. She completed her PhD at Monash Business School’s Department of Management in 2016 and joined the Business School as a Lecturer working with students to enhance their graduate employability and life-long learning opportunities. Karen has worked with international not-for-profits, Governments (Australian and International), higher education institutions, and corporates. She brings experience of working and living across cultures in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She holds a Masters Public Policy and Management, Masters Arts (Development Studies and is a qualified Careers Counsellor and Workplace Trainer and Assessor.

Call for submissions

Please email your submissions to Dr. Thanh Pham at

As a conference presenter, we also invite you to develop your presentation into a book chapter to be published in 2020.

We look forward to your contributions!

Alumni presentation

If you would like to share your employment experiences, we invite you to do a 20-minute presentation based on the following questions:

  1. What are the main challenges you have faced on the transition from university to the labour market?
  2. What are the main capitals that you have developed and utilised for your career development? How have you developed and utilised them?
  3. What are some most important qualities that graduates need to possess to succeed in your field of work?
  4. What are experiences and lessons you would like to share with current students about how they should prepare their employment?
  5. What are the gaps that you think university programs should be updated to respond well to the employment market that you know?

Develop your presentation into a book chapter!

After the conference we plan to combine the ideas presented at the conference into a book as the 2nd volume of our book series “Tackling employability: Strategies utilized by graduates in cross-border labour markets”. We will aim to publish the book in 2020.

All presenters, who contributed a "20min presentation", will have an opportunity to develop their ideas into their own chapter in this book.

If you are interested in this and need assistance and collaboration to develop your chapter, we would be happy to mentor you through this process.


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Organisers and sponsors

Conference Chairs:

  • Dr. Thanh Pham  (Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia)
  • A/P Chris Thompson (Faculty of Science, Monash University)
  • Dr. Karen Medica (Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia)

Organising Team:

  • Dr. Nghia Tran (Deakin University)
  • A/P Wu Shiyong (Visiting scholar of Monash University)
  • Ms. Sang Tran (PhD candidate of Monash University)
  • Mr. Lucas Lee (Graduate of Monash University)


  • Education Portfolio of Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • Faculty of Science, Monash University
  • Monash Business School, Monash University