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This article appeared in the February 2009 Edition of Staff Insight – A Magazine for staff of Chisholm Institute.


Careers counsellor thrives on diversity

Working as a geological map maker in the mining industry before retraining as teacher and career counsellor are vocations like chalk and cheese: they couldn’t be further apart.

But as a Chisholm career counsellor, Sue constantly faces a wide diversity of people with different problems, needs and career aspirations.

“It’s a fantastic job,” she says. “Mostly it’s incredibly rewarding, uplifting and you really feel you’re helping people find their way through a maze of courses and life issues.

“At the end of the day, it’s really up to clients to take control of their lives, but it is enormously satisfying talking with people and knowing that you have at least steered them in the right direction”

A caring person with a strong sense of social justice, Sue has been a Chisholm counsellor for two years following a three year stint teaching study skills at Dandenong.

Working with fellow counsellor Liz Fay and Berwick administrator Cathie Daley, Sue is also involved with the State Government’s ‘Skill-Up’ initiative; a program involving workplace career counselling to large groups of newly redundant workers.

Given the state of the economy, Sue expects her workload in this area to increase considerably.

Sue’s real passion, however, is aligned to helping culturally and linguistically diverse students (CALD) which goes back to her teaching days at Cranbourne High School.

“Working with 12-16 year olds with severe behavioural issues and low self-esteem, I found that I had a natural skill for helping disadvantaged kids and adults and mentored several very difficult cases,” she recalled.

In terms of the forthcoming skills reform program, Chisholm’s careers’ counsellors will form an integral part of front line staff working with clients to explain the implications of the new system.

“We don’t know how it will work as this stage, so I guess there will be a lot of professional development,” she says.

The best part about working at Chisholm, according to Sue, is the diversity of students and, significantly, working with like-minded people with similar objectives who share a similar values base.

“That is, I think, is a recurring theme.”

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