Ignite Series June 2011

UOW Alumni IGNITE Series

Our lives are busier than ever, have you found your third space?

Last Thursday was the inaugural talk in the UOW Alumni Network’s Ignite series where alumni receive valuable career and leadership advice from other alumni.  June’s event was held at the CBD bar and featured Dr Adam Fraser (2005, PhD Biomedical Science) who has gone on to become one of the country’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance.  Adam was joined by almost 80 UOW alumni and members of staff who gathered together to hear him speak on the juggling act that is our personal and professional lives in today’s society.  

Adam focussed on how we reach the end of our day, specifically how we go from our professional life to our personal life without ample downtime in between.  He introduced the concept of the ‘third space’ which is essentially a place we can visit before we arrive home to reduce our stress. He described it as a dumping ground of the day’s ills and cited high level executives that use this on a daily basis so they can enjoy their time with their families.  For some it was a virtual space, for others it was a room they walked through before seeing their family – one executive had even built an extra room onto his garage!

The event generated a lot of discussion amongst the alumni with one commenting, “It’s so refreshing to have a University that not only educates you to the highest standard but is interested in your personal growth as well, it’s a really holistic approach to learning. The third space is something that all of us can use, in our own way, on a daily basis”.  

Adam has worked with some of the highest level executives and sports people all over Australia and the world and has made it his personal mission to ensure we all live our lives to the full.  He has written two bestselling books and is a regular on Australian TV.  The aim of the UOW Ignite series is to continue the information sharing process between all of our alumni and ensure the University continues a relationship with you, even after you graduate.  

For more information regarding the Ignite series, contact Kelly Salmon, kelly@uow.edu.au

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