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Changemakers provide pathway for career change

Inevitable as change may be, it can be hard. To make it easier, Canberra small business owner Claire Harris has produced “Changemaker” – a series of public forums at Dickson Village linking those with dreaming of change with those who have survived and thrived because of it.

Claire said her Changemaker program, which is backed by the ACT Government, is about bringing people together to learn, share and implement ideas.

“We need more changemakers in society to achieve equality, sustainability, health and overall fulfillment,” Claire said.

Changemaker guest speaker and social entrepreneur Megan Gilmour said before change was thrust upon her, she liked her life as a mum with a career in international development.

But she faced a two-year ordeal of caring for her critically ill son and, when it was over, she had realised she could not go back to her old life.

Instead, Megan started Missing School, a not-for-profit which seeks to keep ill children connected to their school.

Megan and her family battled through this profound experience whilst struggling with feelings of social isolation; an experience many more people can relate to in a post-COVID-lockdown world.

Missing School has now created Australia’s first national telepresence robot initiative to get sick kids back to school – it is “very different” than zoom.

Megan said the psychological processes for change began with envisaging yourself as successful in your goal.

Fellow guest speaker and interview coach Lisa Tozer has experience in sales, psychology and said a lot of people fear interviews, but there were simple strategies to manage that stress.

Lisa said the most common mistake people make at interviews is not researching the company and not selling themselves.

“People think it’s all about you, it’s not.  It’s about how you can fit into the company.”

The next Changemaker sessions are on Saturday 28 November and Friday 4 December 10am-12.30pm.

For more information about Changemaker, visit innovatecommunicate.com/changemaker-hub-dickson/

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