Exploring Life and Work at Futureworx

Futureworx entered its second year with a brilliant range of speakers from diverse industries. The event provides students with exposure to potential future vocation and skills. This year, we focused on the many challenges that individuals face in getting through school, and entering their profession. The struggle makes the journey.


Peter Alexander, Founder of Peter Alexander Pyjamas

In this non-recorded event, the ‘Pyjama King’ and RSPCA ambassador shared his lifelong struggle with dyslexia and anxiety. Peter spoke about his long job search and entering the fashion industry. He spent his early life on the fringes of society, finding it difficult to fit in. With perseverance and the support of key people, Peter was able to overcome these barriers to create one of Australia’s best-known brands.


Ally Watson, Co-Founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl, https://connect.vic.edu.au/pgmw68ywmmbq/

Men are continually dominating the tech industry. Ally spoke at length about the challenges women face in this booming sector, with current inequalities expected to multiply in the future. Code Like a Girl empowers women to take a bigger stake in the technology field with a key mission to bridging the gap.


Jacob Zinman-Jeanes, Design Director of Today Design, https://connect.vic.edu.au/pb8dcp5uk8mc/

Design thinking has become a hot topic in news media today. Jacob shared his advice around how this style of thinking can influence an industry and your day-to-day life. Thinking like a designer is a skill that many companies want out of their employees. Jacob provided insight on how this is achieved.


Adrian Franklin, Journalist and Commentator, Host and Reporter for diverse media outlets, https://connect.vic.edu.au/p5kvmlyfkobr/

Being a journalist and public figure comes with a lot of criticism. Adrian explains how he takes on feedback of his work, enabling him to improve in leaps and bounds. The importance of continual improvement is a trait that many companies look for today. Adrian explores his philosophies and thinking around these concepts.

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