19 November 2018

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, Level 3, 45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Details

It’s that time of year again when we begin to reflect on the year gone by, what we’ve achieved, and what our goals are for 2019.

If you’re thinking it’s time for a career change into UX Design, but don’t want to start completely from scratch, this event is for you!

Transitioning into a new career can be daunting, so at our intimate panel, hear from people who’ve done it themselves and discover:

  • What skills are important to becoming a UX Designer?
  • What experience or projects can you work on to support your career transition
  • Any tips from UX reinventors and any pitfalls to avoid!
  • What are some common misconceptions about transitioning into UX
  • How you can translate your existing skills into a new exciting career!


Caylie Panuccio

Senior UX Researcher at SEEK

Caylie Panuccio is Senior UX Researcher at SEEK. Her "day job" involves uncovering people's needs, problems, behaviours and attitudes, ensuring people can use the things we make, and coaching the broader team at SEEK in UX Research.
Before SEEK, Caylie spent 18 months in NAB's Graduate Program, and then accepting a permanent role as a UX Researcher within the Experience Design team.
Caylie enjoys writing the occasional blog post, planning her next holiday, writing and acting in skits, board games, and reading just about anything.

Sharbani Dhar

Program Lead Designer at AusPost

Sharbani Dhar is the Lead Designer for My Post Consumer Program at Australia Post. She is responsible for leading strategic design solutions for the consumer-facing applications for the MyPost platform. She is a strong advocate of, and actively implements collaborative work methodologies to guide UX adoption in a highly agile production environment.
An ex-architect, she transitioned to UX in the earlier stages of her career and now has close to 10 years of experience leading UX and Service design transformations at various organisations. When she is not contemplating trials and tribulations of design, she can be found taking lessons on the philosophy of life and beyond - from her four-year-old toddler.

Abby Crook

User Experience Designer at SEEK

Abby Crook is a User Experience Designer with a passion for user driven, commercially focused product design. She is a creative problem solver, adopting human-centred research and design techniques to understand user needs, and pushes boundaries to best serve users. Abby is currently working as a UX designer at SEEK, researching and designing solutions to enable employers to proactively connect with candidates in the Australian and New Zealand employment marketplaces. Prior to joining the User Experience Design community, she worked as a Business Analyst with Australia’s National Broadband Network, specialising in stakeholder management and strategic market insights.

Rohan Irvine

Lead UX Researcher at PageUp

Rohan Irvine is a Lead UX Researcher at PageUp and is also the Founder of UX Gatherings—a community and event for Melbourne UX professionals.
With a background in behavioural science, Rohan designs and facilitates qualitative and quantitative research to validate assumptions about customers. Rohan’s work helps companies identify and resolve issues in their experiences so they can increase the value of their products and services.

Amanda Ventra

UX Designer at IOOF

Amanda Ventra is making her debut as a junior user experience designer after tackling career change while raising two children. Coming from a Graphic Design background, Amanda was keen to understand her users more and therefore made the decision to study with Academy Xi to help with the transition. Amanda has a keen interest in all things creative but is currently enjoying the worlds of UX research and writing.

Dates and fees


19 November 2018

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3,
45 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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