What's next for the experienced engineer and how can I keep all the plates spinning?

The mid-career phase of someone’s professional life can be filled with great opportunities, unique challenges and may even include a complete change of direction. No other stage can so pivotally define your career.

Nowadays there are numerous reasons why people leave the workforce for a period of time creating challenges and considerations for re-entering the workforce. Yet, as we enter the mid-career phase we all face the age-old challenge of managing work-life-balance and shaping a successful career whilst juggling extra commitments which may include, raising a family, caring for elderly parents, completing extra study, returning from overseas travel or a career break to name a few.   

This is also an opportune time to reflect on a company’s talent development and promotional pipeline. There may be some tough questions to answer, particularly from a diversity, flexibility and support perspective, however it may help you to determine whether you progress down the technical or leadership path, or maybe even take a complete left turn.

About our speakers

Bree Zannes

Bree Zannes is the Manager for the Engineering Airframe Equipment and Integration function at Airbus Australia Pacific responsible for leading a team of 50+ engineers. With a career spanning over 15 years in aviation she has worked on the A380, Caribou, ARH and MRH90 for commercial and defence customers.

Jodey Brockhurst

Jodey Brockhurst GAICD is a Kamilaroi and UQ Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering alumna and Strategy Advisor at Chevron. Having worked locally and internationally in engineering, Jodey is a strategy advisor with a multinational energy corporation. Passionate about improving social justice and sustainability through implementation of a circular economy, she volunteers with a number of community groups including Engineers Australia and local government.

Continuing Professional Development 

Attending this event will account for 1 hour of CPD. 

About Women in Engineering 'Challenging Yourself' Professional Development Series

Hosted by the UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council, this series aims to empower, enlighten, and emphasise the potential of your individuality and progress your career development. Delivered online over three consecutive weeks, hear from experienced industry professionals who will discuss the challenges they have overcome throughout the various stages of their careers and provide practical tips to help you progress yours.