“What we do today, defines our Australia tomorrow.”


– Michael Combs, Founder of CareerSeekers and CareerTrackers

About

About

CareerSeekers is a non-profit organisation supporting Australia’s humanitarian entrants into professional careers. Our program provides in-depth preparation and support to both refugees and people seeking asylum who are either currently studying at university, or looking to restart their professional career in Australia.


Our program supports two distinct groups of asylum seekers and refugees:

  • Mid-career Professionals – those with tertiary qualifications and professional work experience from their country of origin, who strive to re-establish their careers in Australia. These participants undertake paid internships lasting twelve weeks that provide local experience, a local reference and help them establish a network within their chosen profession.

  • University students – full-time university students who undertake paid internships during university breaks in an effort to link their studies with practical work experience. The CareerSeekers university program aligns to existing corporate internship programs.

In 2015, Founder of CareerTrackers, Michael Combs, sought to expand the successful model he had established to support pre-professional Indigenous university students. With the establishment of CareerSeekers, corporate Australia’s focus on multicultural diversity was applied to tackle the issue of underemployment of asylum seekers and refugees.


CareerSeekers is endorsed as an Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient organisation

CareerSeekers explained

Our Board

Penny Graham (Chair)

Independent Director

Michael Combs

Founder

Anthony Ewan

Partner

EY

Edward Santow

Industry Professor – Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bwe Thay

Deputy Chairperson

Victorian Multicultural Commission

Michael Greene

Deputy Managing Partner

Norton Rose Fullbright

Chantal Mousad

Senior Manager, Business Control and Monitoring

Westpac

Jalal Albshara

(Voluntary)

Advisory Committees

Ian Narev

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

SEEK

Susan Clear

Director, Social Impact Investing

Macquarie Group

Manish Jayswal

Head of Consumer Finance Risk and Portfolio Insight

Westpac

Daniel Veytsblit

Founding Partner

Backbone Partners

Nyadol Nyuon, OAM

Executive Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University

Our Team

John Gelagin

Chief Executive Officer

[email protected]

Carolyn Sykes

Operations Director

[email protected]

Anne Shimada

Program Director

[email protected]

Kati Regan

Program Director

[email protected]

Simon Jones

Program Manager (Student Stream)

[email protected]

Laalanne Rind

Senior Advisor (Careers Specialist)

[email protected]

Bel Momani

Senior Advisor

[email protected]

Dung Tran

Senior Advisor

[email protected]

Jan Stern

Senior Advisor

[email protected]

Rouzbeh Nabipourshiri

Senior Advisor
[email protected]

Jemina Burman

Khalid Saadat

Haley Eagle

Roozbeh Shakerifard

Victoria Hills

Aditi Medhekar

Dana Bragina

Administrative Assistant

[email protected]

-Michael Combs, Founder of CareerSeekers

and CareerTrackers

About

About

CareerSeekers is a non-profit organisation supporting Australia’s humanitarian entrants into professional careers. Our program provides in-depth preparation and support to both refugees and people seeking asylum who are either currently studying at university, or looking to restart their professional career in Australia.


Our program supports two distinct groups of asylum seekers and refugees:

  • Mid-career Professionals – those with tertiary qualifications and professional work experience from their country of origin, who strive to re-establish their careers in Australia. These participants undertake paid internships lasting twelve weeks that provide local experience, a local reference and help them establish a network within their chosen profession.

  • University students – full-time university students who undertake paid internships during university breaks in an effort to link their studies with practical work experience. The CareerSeekers university program aligns to existing corporate internship programs.

In 2015, Founder of CareerTrackers, Michael Combs, sought to expand the successful model he had established to support pre-professional Indigenous university students. With the establishment of CareerSeekers, corporate Australia’s focus on multicultural diversity was applied to tackle the issue of underemployment of asylum seekers and refugees.


CareerSeekers is endorsed as an Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient organisation.

CareerSeekers

explained

Our Board

Penny Graham (Chair)

Independent Director

Michael Combs

Founder

Anthony Ewan


Partner
EY

Edward Santow


Industry Professor – Responsible Technology

at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bwe Thay


Deputy Chairperson


Victorian Multicultural Commission

Michael Greene


Deputy Managing Partner


Norton Rose Fullbright

Chantal Mousad

Senior Manager, Business Control and Monitoring
Westpac

Jalal Albshara

(Voluntary)

Advisory Committees

Ian Narev

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
SEEK

Susan Clear


Director, Social Impact

Investing


Macquarie Group

Manish Jayswal


Head of Consumer Finance

Risk and Portfolio Insight


Westpac

Daniel Veytsblit


Founding Partner


Backbone Partners

Nyadol Nyuon, OAM


Executive Director, Sir

Zelman Cowen Centre,

Victoria University

Our Team

John Gelagin

Chief Executive Officer


[email protected]

Carolyn Sykes

Operations Director

[email protected]

Anne Shimada

Program Director


[email protected]

Kati Regan

Program Director


[email protected]

Simon Jones

Program Manager (Student Stream)
[email protected]

Laalanne Rind

Senior Advisor (Careers Specialist)
[email protected]

Bel Momani

Senior Advisor


[email protected]

Dung Tran

Senior Advisor


[email protected]

Jan Stern

Senior Advisor


[email protected]

Rouzbeh Nabipourshiri

Senior Advisor


[email protected]

Jemina Burman

Advisor


[email protected]

Khalid Saadat

Advisor


[email protected]

Haley Eagle

Advisor


[email protected]

Roozbeh Shakerifard

Advisor


[email protected]

Victoria Hills

Advisor


[email protected]

Aditi Medhekar

Advisor


[email protected]

Dana Bragina

Administrative Assistant


[email protected]