Professor Paula McDonald, Professor of Work and Organisation at QUT to join us.

Paula McDonald is Professor of Work and Organisation and ARC Future Fellow in the QUT Business School. Paula’s research adopts a multi-disciplinary, systems-level approach, addressing complex problems in workplace settings, including finance, defence, policing, government and education. Paula has been awarded 6 major competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, collaborating with organisations such as The Australian Human Rights Commission, Suncorp, the Australian Defence Force, Goodstart Early Learning, Education Queensland, The Brisbane City Council and the Qld Dept of Public Works.

Professor Paula McDonald.
Professor Paula McDonald.

Paula has disseminated her work widely including in three edited books and over 60 academic journal articles and she communicates her research widely to non-academic audiences through media engagement and industry seminars. In the QUT Business School, Paula leads the Work/Industry Futures Research Program. Prior to an academic career, Paula held clinical and research roles in child and adolescent psychiatry, medical education, primary care and public health.

Paula joins us at the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and will present on the topic of Cracks in the pathway to employment: Structural barriers to employability for at-risk youth’.

Drawing on four separate research projects, this presentation addresses the system-level challenges faced by young Australians who are at risk of long term unemployment. The first challenge identified is the “training treadmill’, where youth are encouraged to participate in fee-paying courses which may not align with their career goals. Second, we discuss the adequacy of pre-assessment and support provided by government-funded job active agencies. Third, questionable practices associated with the acquisition of work experience through unpaid work will be discussed. Finally, we raise the question of how organisations can more effectively support the maintenance of youth employment.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and to secure your registration visit the conference website today.