Episode 16: With Siena Nisavic on how we could set graduates up for success

As the title suggests, this podcast is all about unearthing a new perspective on risk.

My guests are experts in their fields where they impact risk either directly or indirectly. My interviews aim to lift the lid on risk and rip it apart to give you a whole new perspective on it.

My name’s Lisa Sisson and I am founder of risk consultancy, Unearth. I’m also becoming known somewhat as a “Risk Rebel”.

At Unearth we believe that risk starts and ends with people. Equally, we believe that opportunity starts and ends with people. So if you’re not looking at risk with, through and by your people, then you are not only leaving your organisation exposed to risk, you are also not opening up the opportunities that a people-centred risk strategy will deliver.

At a time when we need fresh thinking from our graduates as they enter the work world filled with passion and possibilities, are we truly giving them the support and voice they need when entering the workforce?

My guest on this episode of the podcast brings a perspective from a younger generation. Siena Nisavic graduated from UTS in early 2021 and is currently pursuing a career in marketing and content creation. Siena has a passion for creative and strategic content that’s geared towards creating impact. Her current work allows her to feel safe to share her voice, as Siena works as the Content Manager at The Cause Effect, plus she runs her own videography and editing business, SNV, in her spare time.

As my conversation with Siena progressed, it became clear that Siena falls in a minority in finding work that welcomes her perspective. Many of her friends don’t feel quite so fortunate. Many graduates enter the workforce feeling they need to hide their voice and do their time until they are “moulded”. But here’s the thing… don’t we need fresh thinking and thoughts? New ways forward, not new versions of the old.

In Siena’s situation, she is passionate about the potential for businesses to create social impact. She believes in business as a force for good and assists with getting brands on a path to purpose which she feels she can contribute to through her work with The Cause Effect. She also loves to help clients communicate their impact through her own video business.

Siena feels lucky for her opportunity, but she also sees the challenges of transitioning from University to work. Listen in to hear more about Siena’s work and experience, plus a candid discussion on what it feels like to be a University graduate wanting to make a start in the workforce.

Here are some of the topics we discuss:

  • Whether university students are being set up for success after graduating.
  • The support gap between graduating and full time work.
  • How our work systems and processes are silencing the voices of younger workers.
  • Using the return from lockdown as an opportunity to build for better.

Siena and I feel strongly that more support is needed and we are putting our heads together to work on some concepts. If you are interested in learning more and participating then please reach our directly to Siena or myself.

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