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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEDT)

Busting Through the Bamboo Floor

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(Doors open at 6pm for Casual Networking)

Owen Firth

Co-Founder and CEO, Performance Education

The “bamboo ceiling” is a crude term used to describe barriers to asian talent from reaching leadership roles. What is less talked about is the barriers at the entry point to the organisation, many are indeed struggling just getting in the door.

In this session, Owen will explore the concept of a “bamboo floor”, how the migration and education system lead to its existence. Sharing the employer’s perspective and powerful tips to bust through to career success. Owen will draw on 20 years of experience in Recruitment and Employability training and focus on what you can do right now.

If you or someone you know is a young skilled migrant or an international student looking to establish a career in Australia after graduation, then this is a session not to be missed. You may not break the bamboo ceiling straight away but it’ll give you a cracker of a start!

More about Owen…

Owen is a passionate entrepreneur with a mission to bridge the gap between education and employment through employability training and work experience programs. He is an active speaker in areas such as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), Internships, work readiness, employability, job search and career success skills.

Owen built on a career foundation in Accounting at PwC and has since gone on to build businesses in Recruitment & Training.

Owen holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and a Bachelor of Economics (BEc) in Accounting & Finance from Macquarie University. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

His first foray in entrepreneurship was starting an Accounting recruitment company that he built and ran for over 12 years. Since 2011, Owen has been acting as CEO for Performance Education that he also co-founded in 2006.

Owen has grown Performance Education to be a clear market leader in the Graduate Employability space, delivering work-readiness training and work experience programs for graduates and undergrads in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Owen runs Performance Education with a strong values-driven culture driven by a common purpose of changing the lives of the students they work with.

What is PDF?

Sydney Professional Development Forum is run by driven individuals who love to help others develop and enrich their professional and interpersonal skills through workshops, seminars, networking events and more.

Our Venue Sponsor – Performance Education

For 10 years, Performance Education Group (PE Group) has been committed to helping international students and young people achieve career success in Australia through work readiness training and work integrated learning programs.  PE Group is a proud supporter of the mission of PDF.

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Performance Education Group Sydney
333 Kent Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEDT)

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Professional Development Forum is run by driven individuals who love to help others develop and enrich their professional and interpersonal skills through workshops, seminars, networking events and more.

Who We Are

We are a volunteer group made up of working professionals.

We want to create a network of highly motivated professionals built on trust, openness, sharing, collaboration and integrity who shares our vision and beliefs.

We do this through regular seminars, workshops and other events and social media.

Our Mission

"To create an Australian workplace where professionals combine their skills with meaningful connections and cultural intelligence to realise their human potential."


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