Research Roundtable – Volunteering as a Pathway to Career Transition

November 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

St. Marys Terrace Community Hub, 192 Myers Street Geelong VIC 3220

FREE, Members only

Shelley Falzon
T (03) 8327 8500

This event has reached capacity. To be placed on  the waitlist, please email

Please join us for a morning panel discussion and interactive Q&A session as we unpack the Research Roundtable theme: Volunteering as a Pathway to Career Transition

Volunteering can increase employability skills for young people, assist to re-skill and up-skill.  It can also be used to trial or transition into a new career.

As regional economies transition and demand for highly skilled workers increases, it’s anticipated that ‘soft skills’ will be of great value to an organisation.  Soft skills which can be developed through volunteering.

To what degree can volunteering support someone through their career cycle?  What are the limitations and barriers?  Can volunteering help to land that first job or assist in transitioning between careers or out of paid employment?  Can volunteering provide opportunities to people in areas of disadvantage with high unemployment?


Professor Philip TaylorProfessor Philip Taylor, Ageing Workforce Specialist

Professor Philip Taylor has almost 30 years of experience as an expert researcher, policy writer and governmental and NGO advisor on workforce ageing. His interests include individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers and international developments in public policy aimed at extending working life. These years of professional endeavour, which embrace diverse academic and community settings, have been carried out in a broad, high-level, international context.

He has led, and been an active senior member of, international teams investigating, consulting and collaborating in the field and has taken a leading role in designing and implementing intelligent policy and program solutions.

He is frequently invited to address major national and international conferences, maintains membership of national and international committees and has a current, leading role in Australian and international research groups.

Shelley MallettProfessor Shelley Mallett

Shelley Mallett is the Professorial Fellow in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and General Manager Research and Policy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. While her research interests are broad including gender and health inequities, and youth transitions, she has particular expertise in homelessness and housing research, especially youth homelessness.

A former member of the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council and longstanding board member of the Council to Homeless Persons, she currently co-chairs the Australian Bureau of Statistics Homelessness Reference group.

She is the author of two books, including Moving Out and Moving On: Young People’s Pathways in and through Homelessness, and the recipient of several research awards, including the DM Myers award, and the VicHealth Public Health Research award.


Dr. Dimitrios Salampasis, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

Dimitrios has more than 10 years of international professional working experience in the private, public and NGO sectors having served in different functions and corporate levels. He has published in international peer-reviewed academic journals and books and his work has been presented in major international conferences and invited lectures around the world.

His research interests revolve around sustainable business and strategic solutions focusing on the organisational, human and societal sides of innovation and entrepreneurship in services, the deployment of innovative financial tools and sustainable/responsible investing mechanisms.

In addition, Dimitrios is actively involved in advisory activities on emerging market investing by assisting companies in developing long-term strategic focus and market business strategies. Dimitrios is also an active volunteer, youth business mentor and trainer on education for sustainable peace-related matters and has participated in numerous international programmes, workshops and summits as a presenter, facilitator and rapporteur.

Volunteering Victoria’s Research Roundtables are an initiative to foster partnerships between researchers and practitioners. These panel sessions present an opportunity for a genuine discussion with participants about current research issues and trends in volunteering. The input from participants at the roundtable events inform Volunteering Victoria’s policy and advocacy work generally, and in particular,  our advocacy work on behalf of the volunteering sector.

Please note this is a free member’s only event. Interested attendees must register their interest to attend by emailing Shelley Falzon at

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