Welcome to this July edition of dKin Times.
Workplaces everywhere are being transformed by new ideas, new products, new processes and new services. It’s an era of lifelong learning and multiple careers, with workers re-entering education many times to keep pace with changing workforce demands.
It’s also the connected age, and the power of social networks – online as well as human – take on a new importance. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 500 million members in over 200 countries. Facebook has now also entered the job market, letting employers post directly. Facebook has over 1.3 billion users (12 million of them in Australia).
Social media is an increasingly important part of the job search process today, with recruiters using social media in all phases of the selection process. This month Deakin is launching new alumni social media channels, giving alumni more ways to stay in contact with Deakin and with each other. The new LinkedIn and Facebook groups will include news, events, initiatives and benefits designed especially for our alumni and you’ll find links to all the pages are in this month’s dKin Times.
Of course the key to a strong alumni network is not just ‘who you know’, but how they are willing to help. An alumni network can assist both seasoned executives and new graduates in networking to move up the career ladder or find the right business partners. Your Deakin alumni network is your network for life, and attending our alumni events is a great way to keep in touch and keep informed. Earlier this month we held an event to welcome recent graduates into the Deakin Alumni Community. It was an opportunity for them to reunite, discuss their transition into the workforce and to hear about what the Alumni Relations program has to offer.
You may have noticed Deakin in the news late last month. Deakin signed a partnership with LeMond Composites in a $58 million deal which will revolutionise the use of carbon fibre globally. Thanks to technology developed by Deakin PhD student Maxime Maghe and Carbon Nexus General Manager Steve Atkiss, it will be possible to reduce the energy used in carbon fibre production by 75 per cent and reduce the production process time from 80 minutes to under 15 minutes. It is a game changer for the future of manufacturing and an excellent example of what innovation means at Deakin – creating new industry and new jobs for the communities we serve. LeMond Composites is considering the development of a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Geelong, which would invest more than $30 million in construction and equipment and create dozens of jobs for Geelong manufacturers to take the carbon fibre of the future to the global market.
Jane den Hollander AO
President and Vice-Chancellor