Susan Surgener

Susan's time spent working in the higher education sector spans almost 20 years.

Susan really enjoys working with, and working for students and has a great interest in seeing students finding out what they are good at and then going on to do well in their work and in their lives. In fact, if you were to put her through a career assessment inventory she would likely come out as people focused, investigative and administrative; which, luckily, is a pretty good match for the job she actually does.

Beyond work, Susan has an interest in all things artistic despite (self-confessed) no real talent for any of them: can't paint, can't sew, can't act, can't dance and can't sing. Subsequently, she sticks to reading and writing!

Putting the AWESOME into arts

August 7, 2020

To get the lowdown on WA’s 2020 AWESOME Arts Festival and how to get involved, have a listen to our Skills Building podcast with their current Volunteer Coordinator, Jemima Hill. We discover that there are... Read More

Position yourself early

July 27, 2020

We all know that 1st year is the foundation for what’s to come. You’re eased in gently to find your feet with your subject matter. It’s the calm before the storm - preparing you for a pile of discipline... Read More

Workplace Update #13

July 22, 2020

We've had a little break due to the mid-semester break but we’re back, so welcome to Workplace Update #13. These past couple of weeks we’ve considered still being in Covid-19 Recovery Road Map Phase 4... Read More

Networking Worries

July 15, 2020

A few key themes emerge when students discuss why they might be worried about networking. These worries generally apply more to formal networking than informal networks. It’s likely that a productive uni... Read More

Workplace Update #12

June 24, 2020

For this week’s Workplace Update we focus on WA moving to Phase 4 of the Recovery Roadmap. While there are still delays to our borders opening, things are looking hopeful for interstate travel and for... Read More

Selection criteria, it’s still a thing

June 23, 2020

You’ve crafted your personalised cover letter and spruced up your resume.  All writing tasks are now successfully completed, unless… there’s still that matter of addressing the dreaded selection... Read More

Workplace Update #11

June 16, 2020

This week’s Workplace Update looks at recent changes regarding COVID-19. While there is downside, with increased unemployment, we’re hopeful that less restrictions will see the return to business as normal... Read More

Thinking cover letters!

June 15, 2020

The thing about cover letters – some employers want them and some employers don’t. But, sitting down and writing a cover letter is definitely a worthwhile experience. Why? It’s one of the best ways to... Read More

Out of your comfort zone

June 11, 2020

Once you have a first job, it’s a far easier jumping off point to the next one! As a uni student, what you should be looking for next is experience related to your studies. Even in those degrees with built-in... Read More

Workplace Update #10

June 10, 2020

We thought we’d switch things up a little this week. As life slowly gets back to ‘normal’, we thought we’d focus a little more on vacation programs, graduate programs and graduate positions. And,... Read More