The Victorian Government Trade and Investment, Australia in partnership with International Baccalaureate Organisation and Indian Didactics Association is delighted to invite you to a virtual interactive Professional Development Workshop for Academic Guidance School Counsellors.

Workshop 1: Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Start time: 9:30am IST (3pm AST)

End time: 12.30pm IST (6pm AST)

Topic 1: The Future of work in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Dan Woodman – Tr Ashworth Associate Professor In Sociology Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne

Dr Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and acting Associate Dean (Partnerships) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He gives regular presentations to teacher and student groups, business, government and community sector organisations and often appears in the print media and on radio, in Australia and around the world.

Topic 2: Design thinking in career planning and guidance

Christine Holmes – Careers & Employability Advisor, Federation University Australia

Christine is an experienced careers guidance professional who has worked at Federation University since 2014 in roles including Schools Outreach Coordinator and Careers and Employability Advisor. She previously worked as Regional Career Development Officer at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, as well as Manager of Careers Counsellors at Southern Cross University. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Social Science, a Graduate Certificate of Career Development and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education.

Dr. Amanda Mergler – Career Advisor, Federation University Australia

Dr Mergler is a Careers and Employability Advisor at Federation University. Amanda is a registered psychologist who has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, where she achieved her PhD. Among other roles, she has worked as a youth worker and academic coach for research students.

Topic 3: Exploring career interests with your students

Kerri Lawrence – Advisor, The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre

Kerri has significant experience in HR, recruitment, and leadership development in the Higher Education, Local Government, and retail sectors, and has provided careers advice to a wide variety of clients, including managers and staff, retrenched workers, University and TAFE students, refugees, and community members from all walks of life. She holds undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Commerce, HR and Career Development, and is currently working as a career’s practitioner at the Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre.

Belinda Bennett – Advisor, The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre

Belinda's early career began in Recruitment, moving into generalist Human Resources, Learning and Development and Change Management, across a variety of industries including Health, Telecommunications and Energy. Following a career break, Belinda worked in Higher Education supporting students to achieve their study goals. Most recently Belinda completed a Master of Professional Psychology gaining further skills in assessment and counselling for clients struggling with Alcohol and other Drugs. Holding undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Humanities, Psychology, Human Resources and Employee Relations, Training and Assessment, and Career Development, Belinda is currently working as a careers practitioner at the Skills and Jobs Centre. Belinda enjoys working with a variety of clients to set work and education goals, enabling clients to meet their individual needs.

Please register for this event here.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Workshop 2: Friday 11 December, 2020
  • Workshop 3: Thursday 21 January, 2021

Registration is essential. Please register via the Expression of Interest form here.

  • This workshop is free of charge.
  • All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance by the Universities and TAFEs.
  • Participation is limited to 30 seats only. Registration will be on first come-first serve basis.

Key partners:

For further queries, please contact:

Ms Annie Santhana:;

Ms Anita Kumari: