Transferring the Knowledge

Do you know of anyone at 65 years of age or over, who is either retired,  performing (or interested in) volunteer work or paid work, or any of these combined?

ACCELL doctoral candidate Jennifer Luke is currently investigating the career support needs of those in retirement who re-engage in work (paid or volunteer) as well as those who never stopped working. What are the adaptabilities, generativity, and level of interest in mentoring of this cohort?

With a recent successful survey of post-retirement age participants within the UK, Jennifer is now seeking Australian and New Zealand survey participants who are 65 years of age or over.

The aim of this current research survey is to learn about participants’ beliefs regarding work, being recognised in society, and sharing their knowledge with others.

The survey takes, on average, approximately 10 minutes. If you are willing to contribute or know of someone who would be, here is the link:

Ageing is not about decline; it is about growth. Ageing creates opportunities and mature workers are not burdens. They are valuable contributors with experience and knowledge to give.

With the focus on mentorship by older workers as a solution for retaining skills within the workforce, the proposed outcome of this research project is to provide valuable information for future career interventions and guidance for this age cohort.

This research project has ethical approval from the University of Southern Queensland (Human Research Ethics Approval Number – H17REA101) and all survey responses are anonymous. For more information contact

How are educators adapting to the challenges of COVID-19?

COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and learn. Most educational institutions have moved to some type of alternative education provision.  Research is required to better understand how these unprecedented challenges and ways of working affect educators and their vital work.

The effects on educators are being investigated by Associate Professor Petrea Redmond and colleagues at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Educators around the world are completing an online survey for this research. The survey includes educators working in a wide range of educational sectors: Early Childhood, K – 12, Higher Education, Vocational Education and workplace trainers.

The survey takes, on average, approximately 5 minutes. If you are willing to contribute, here is the link:

“We need evidence to understand educators’ experiences, and to inform educational policies and workplace practices”, says Associate Professor Petrea Redmond

A snowballing technique is being used to gather more participants, so feel free to pass on the link to colleagues or your professional networks.

This research project has ethical approval from the University of Southern Queensland (Human Research Ethics Approval Number – H20REA103).

Adapt2020. Back to work. A free online course. Register now.

A free online employability course is available for workers who are newly unemployed or on pause from their careers.

It’s Adapt2020, developed by Carolyn Alchin and a team of qualified and experienced career development practitioners, entrepreneurs, educators, and business specialists.

Adapt2020 has 4 hours of expert Career Development online support built into the course. Adapt2020 runs over 4 weeks, with more online content added weekly.

Let’s help people Adapt2020 and get back to work!

Please share with your networks and get the word out there.

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Your Job. How satisfied are you? What matters most to you? We’re exploring the factors behind job satisfaction and burnout.

How do job demands (e.g., work overload), job resources (e.g., organisational and co-worker support), and personal resources (e.g., psychological flexibility, mindfulness, emotional stability, job crafting), influence a person’s engagement at work, their psychological well-being, their job satisfaction, and their intention to stay in their job?

Research into the well-being of Australian workers is currently being conducted at the University of Southern Queensland, as part of the ACCELL program of research. Our goal is to better understand how different factors fit together, and which ones contribute to people feeling motivated and satisfied at work and which ones contribute to people feeling burnt out and dissatisfied at work.

We are looking for Australian citizens or permanent residents, aged 18 years or older, who are currently working in some form of paid employment (e.g., casual, part-time, full-time) to complete an online survey. The survey takes, on average, approximately 20 minutes. It can be completed over several sittings, with the results saved in between, upon creation of a personal login.

If you are willing to help us by completing the survey, here is the link:

This research project has ethical approval from the University of Southern Queensland (Human Research Ethics Approval Number – H20REA047). Our sincere thanks in advance for competing the survey, should you decide to do so. Your input into this study will be extremely valuable.

Future Teachers’ Career Adaptability, Self-Efficacy and Optimism

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Find the full research article here:

McLennan, B., McIlveen, P., & Perera, H. N. (2017). Pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy mediates the relationship between career adaptability and career optimism. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 176-185.