Academic Outreach | Behind-the-Scenes: A Career in Project Management

Business Acumen


Project Management is an exciting yet challenging and unpredictable profession. Its practice expands well beyond theory, study, and certification learned within an academic setting. The academic classroom offers knowledge and opportunity and the real-life experiences of Project Management professionals illuminate students' knowledge with first-hand stories.

Behind-the-Scenes pulls back the curtains and offers students an opportunity to connect with distinguished speakers who will share career insights as professional Project Managers. With a wealth of experience from different industries, our speakers will share their stories of challenges and rewards from diverse projects ranging in scope, budget, and complexity. The event promises to highlight similarities and differences experienced during a day in the life of professional Project Managers. This is an evening project management students will not want to miss!

Join us in this online event on Thursday 24th November!

Student Benefits

  • Opportunity to learn more about the Project Management profession and the career pathways.
  • Understand the challenges and rewards of a Project Manager.
  • Opportunity to expand your professional network.

Speaker Introduction




Bec O'Connor

Career Consulting

Bec is one of just 66 Certified Advanced Resume Writers worldwide and has supported thousands of people in career transition over the last 10 years, accelerating their job search through highly targeted resume creation, LinkedIn development and effective strategies.

As Head of Barclay Career Services and a Consultant for National Outplacement Agencies, Bec has worked with professionals, Managers and Executives across a wide range of industries to create premium career brands that stand out in incredibly competitive job markets.

With an in-depth understanding of and proximity to the recruitment world as part of Barclay, she is truly passionate about sharing her insights to help bridge the often-frustrating gap between job seekers and the hiring process, empowering them to take back control of their job search.





Naveen Gupta

Senior Project Manager - Cyber Security

Program & Project Manager working with large scale projects and programs in Cyber Security, Data and Information Management. I come with 25 years of IT experience, worked across multiple countries, cultures, technologies and industries. I'm also a PMI certified Program Manager (PgMP) and Project Manager (PMP).

Currently working with Tabcorp as Senior Project Manager, Cyber Security, Brisbane. Prior to Tabcorp, worked with Suncorp Group, BOQ, Equifax Australia, Virgin Australia, , Super Retail Group and Tech Mahindra as an IT Program Manager & Project Manager.

Prior to these companies, performed Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager and Delivery Manager roles at Bank of America, Citi Bank and Aon Hewitt. Delivered technology solutions including Big Data, Analytics, BI, Data Warehouse, Master Data Management, Data Governance, Privacy & Compliance, Legacy Decommissioning and Platform upgrades using Agile, Scrum & traditional Waterfall as delivery methodologies. Also delivered BIDW strategies and presented IT technology roadmaps to C-level stakeholders.

Strong track record in project delivery for both execution and stakeholder management. Managed globally distributed teams of 187 people, with budgets of up to $16m.



Maria Gatica

Project Manager Reinforcing Steel at Wagners


Maria is Project Manager at Wagners in the Reinforcing Steel Management team. She has a great industrial engineer with 5 years of experience managing projects in South America, she is a highly organised person with an excellent eye for detail. Her communication skills with stakeholders and results-oriented mindset help many projects completed with huge success.



This event is free and an online event. After registration, you will receive an invoice email with the attached online meeting link.

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PMI Talent TriangleBusiness Acumen

Event Date:24 November 2022

Event Time:18:00 to 19:45

Registration Close Date: 24 November 2022 at 18:00

# PDUs:1


Members: Free



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