This session covers:

  • What career opportunities are there in International Relations?
  • What should students interested in International Relations careers do to enhance their employability during their university studies?
  • How are the knowledge and skills gained from your studies applicable to International Relations careers?

Through your booking and in the session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to leading industry professionals working in relevant roles and hear their experiences, stories and advice.

Date: Thursday 20 April
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm (AEST
Online: Online via Zoom

Meet our panel

Dominic Shumilin, Senior Officer, International Engagement, Australian Space Agency
Profile photo of Dominic ShumilinDominic has experience delivering results on cutting-edge policy issues, including cyber and ransomware, space, foreign policy, and international engagement across the Australian Government. He currently supports the Australian Space Agency’s objective of building a globally competitive space industry by leveraging international partnerships and thus opening the door for Australian innovators.

Prior to joining the Space Agency, Dominic worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help develop and achieve the Australian Government's strategic diplomatic and foreign policy objectives, with a key focus on the Indo-Pacific. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Criminal Law and Banking Finance, a Bachelor's degree in Law (Honours) / Journalism from QUT, and is completing a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from ANU with a focus on space law and diplomacy, non-proliferation, multilateral negotiations, cyber law and disinformation. In his spare time Dominic is a keen surfer and loves all things astronomy and space.


Kartini Oei, Transformation Manager, BP Australia
Profile photo of Kartini OeiWith over a decade of experience in the corporate world, Kartini is currently the Aviation Business Development Manager - Asia Pacific for Air BP (BP Australia’s aviation business).  She and her team are responsible for the strategy and business development and implementation for Air BP against a changing internal and external environment.  A bit of a generalist, previous roles have included managing sales businesses, operations roles and M&A projects.  She has a strong track record of delivering business growth and leading high performing teams via collaboration across business, clarity of objectives and coaching of people.  Kartini also mentors a number of people inside and outside her organisation and is also on the board of the for-purpose organisation, NAWO.  Kartini holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Master of International Studies (International Relations) all from UQ.  In her spare time, Kartini is an avid Queensland Theatre Company attendee, a big foodie and aiming to travel to 100 countries in the world.


Dr. Melissa Curley, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, UQ
Melissa's current research includes Southeast Asian politics and international relations/law, Cambodian politics, and non-traditional security in East Asia (including trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, child exploitation issues, and health/pandemic disease). Her teaching focuses on East Asian politics and IR and she has an interest in research-led learning in the undergraduate curriculum. 

Melissa also serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Bravehearts Inc., a non-profit organisation that works to prevent and protect Australian children from sexual assault, and in 2016 was made a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her services to The Rotary Foundation

Melissa has a PhD in Internation Relations from The Nottingham Trent University and a BA with 1st class honours in Government from UQ. After completing her PhD, Melissa worked in the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong from 1999-2005, working in the China-ASEAN project, and doing consulting work with the Hong Kong SAR’s Central Policy Unit on Southeast Asian affairs. 


About HASS Career Seminar Series

The HASS Career Seminar Series invites HASS industry and alumni to participate in online panel discussions where students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how the panel used their HASS degrees and skills to help them transition into careers after graduation.

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Online via Zoom.