Guest speakers are invited to participate in the 2019 Gladstone Careers Expo to talk to students about their career journeys. Guest speakers will share their top tips to inspire students as they start planning for their future career.

2019 guest speakers include:


Janis Barker – Process Engineer at QAL

Janis grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, and still had no idea what career she wanted to pursue even after putting in her preferences for university courses.  Janis had always been interested in the sciences, but didn’t know where this could take her so enrolled in a combined engineering/science degree assuming she’d figure it out along the way.  This decision led her to Gladstone where she now works as a Process Engineer for Queensland Alumina Limited.

Janis is passionate about inspiring young people to pursue STEM career pathways, even though they might be daunted by the challenge.  Janis hasn’t always found her journey easy, but she believes that it’s worth persevering through the difficult times, so that she can make a lasting and satisfying difference to the world through her STEM career.  If she can do it, anyone can!


Richard and Nikki Taylor – Recruitment Directors, Career Mentors, Authors.
LME Mentoring.

After 15 years of White Collar Recruitment, Nikki transitioned into mentoring in late 2017.  Now living in Gladstone QLD, Nikki and Richard own Life Made Easy (LME) Mentoring and work with people of all ages – assisting them to be the best version of themselves personally, mindfully and in career and business.

They love sharing their knowledge and will be discussing resumes, interview techniques and how to use LinkedIn as a tool.




Jess Pantou – Radio Host at Hit93.5 Central Queensland

Jess is one half of the Hit Breakfast show Tim & Jess on 93.5FM. Jess grew up in Melbourne attending Swinburne University of Technology to study a Bachelor of Arts Media and Journalism. Starting out her career in media as a newspaper journalist, she soon discovered her true passion was in radio. Jess began volunteering in several community radio stations in Melbourne including 3MBS Classic FM and SYN Media. She also attended the Radio Training Institute for a short course in Radio Production in 2015. After 3 years Jess landed her first commercial radio job with Southern Cross Austereo. Taking the leap to move interstate, Jess started on 96.1 Star FM Limestone Coast in Mount Gambier SA, where she worked for 2 years before receiving a promotion to Hit93.5 Central Queensland in late November 2017.




Adam Balkin – Young Tourism Leader for Gladstone Region and owner of Curtis Ferry Services.

Adam is a Young Tourism Leader for the Gladstone region. He is a results driven and self-motivated tourism business owner. Adam started his career in tourism as a deckhand with Curtis Ferry Services and worked his way up through a variety of roles before grasping the opportunity to use his entrepreneurial talent to start his own business, AB Marine Services.

Now, he is also the proud owner and manager of Curtis Ferry Services, which he has developed into a premier provider of tours and visitor experiences to the Coral Cay Islands off the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Adam enjoys meeting new guests and seeing them enjoy the experiences his company provides. He also enjoys the opportunity to continually improve tourism experiences in his region.



If you have an interesting Career story or motivational pitch to share with the our future workforce – please get in touch via our ‘contact us’ page and tell us about yourself!














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