Reboot your career with free COVID-recovery pop-up session

Reboot: COVID Recovery Group members Kate Wood-Foye and Ross Cargill with Acting General Manager, Jeffery Sharp.
Reboot: COVID Recovery Group members Kate Wood-Foye and Ross Cargill with Acting General Manager, Jeffery Sharp.

Many people have had their employment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is conducting a number of free pop-up career sessions.

The reboot, refresh, relaunch career pop-ups will provide the opportunity for those who have found themselves out of work, or whose work has reduced or been impacted by COVID-19, to speak with an advisor who will point people in the right direction for assistance.

Council group manager, Liesa Davies said attendees will be directed to an amazing range of career, employment, personal and professional development services.

"We know it's a tough time for many in our community who have lost their job or business income as a result of COVID-19, and we want them to know they are not alone and there is a range of help on offer," Ms Davies aid.

"We've brought together specialists from many local agencies who will assist those impacted by COVID-19 to get back on track, and navigate their next career or business move.

"From rebooting your resume, creating the perfect LinkedIn profile, gaining job application tips and improving interview skills this is a great opportunity to increase chances of gaining a new job, learning new skills or charting a new career direction.

"We're also offering a free styling session by The Style Vibe, and LinkedIn/profile picture by Natalie O'Donnell Photography to help launch and rebrand yourself and career."

Director of external engagement at Charles Sturt University, Kate Wood-Foye, chairs the team of industry leaders and learning specialists working collaboratively with council to create and deliver the pop-up concept to help individuals successfully rebrand and relaunch themselves.

"The pandemic has impacted our region significantly - not in the least highly skilled and experienced individuals who have previously been in successful, continuous careers and businesses until COVID hit in March of this year," Ms Wood-Foye said.

"Many professionals across a wide variety of industries have experienced considerably changed work conditions, reduced work capacities and income leading to a lack of confidence and a loss of direction.

"These pop-ups were specifically designed to be a positive and powerful way for these individuals to reconnect and access professional development advice on the services, support and learning opportunities available to retrain, rebrand and relaunch themselves in a completely new career or business venture."

In addition to the pop-up career sessions at 2pm on Thursday, July 30, mentor and motivational speaker Justin Herald will be holding a Zoom webinar to inspire those looking for work, exploring career opportunities or building their business.

Justin was the region's 2020 Australia Day Ambassador and is an extremely popular inspirational speaker.

At the age of 25 with $50 to his name, Justin set about changing the course of his life creating Attitude, a clothing brand that became an international success, turning over more than $20 million per year.

Justin will also make himself available after the webinar to answer any questions from attendees.

The free career pop-ups are on:

  • Port Macquarie, Tuesday, August 4 from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the CWA Hall (Town Square)
  • Wauchope, Wednesday, August 5 from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Wauchope Arts Hall (Oxley Ln, opp. Bain Park)
  • Camden Haven, Thursday, August 6 from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the HACC Centre (60 Norman St, Laurieton)

"This is a wonderful opportunity for locals to reboot, refresh and relaunch and is sure to be popular, and we're asking those who wish to attend the Justin Herald webinar to please pre-register," Ms Davies said.

"The community can drop in to the pop-up career sessions at any time, and whilst it is not necessary to register for these, please note that we will have to limit numbers based on COVID-19 safety requirements and we thank those attending for your understanding."

To register for the Justin Herald webinar, styling session and profile picture visit

For more information on the employment support available visit

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