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Judith Leeson AM has post-graduate qualifications in education and counselling and has been providing career development services and employment preparation for over twenty years to a wide range of clients. She is a former Flinders University and TAFE lecturer, and has extensive experience in the development and management of education, training, career and employment services. Judith is a Fellow and Life Member of the Career Development Association of Australia, served five consecutive terms as National President and was the inaugural President of the National peak-body (CICA). Judith is an accredited Myers-Briggs facilitator. She has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to the community, particularly to people seeking support for life-long learning and career development, and was recently recognised as a South Australia Great.

Judith is a founding Director of Vector Consultants, and has a history of providing effective and empathic services to thousands of clients in education, training, disability and career development.  She has a strong commitment to social justice and has made a major contribution to building the capacities of communities and voluntary organisations for which she has received a high level of recognition. Judith has an ability to empower clients to move forward in their careers, and is recognised for her understanding of the theories, policies and practice that underpin this important work.

 

Judith’s post-graduate qualifications include:

Graduate Certificate in Career Development ; Edith Cowan University (current)

Interstrength®Certification; ACER

Myers Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator; Otto Kruger Institute

Workplace Trainer Category IV; Onkaparinga TAFE, SA

 

Judith’s achievements have included:

Provision of foundation career guidance and counselling to over three hundred clients, and staff coaching, mentoring and training in three DFEEST funded Career Development Centres in regional SA from 2006 – 2008.

Consultancy services to several Local Community Partnerships in South Australia and WA, working with Boards, Steering Committees and staff members.

Maintenance of a successful evidence-based career development and transition services business, while contributing at least 30 hours per week of voluntary work, building the capacity and profile of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), formerly AACC, and the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

Utilisation of current research in the design, development and delivery of courses on Career Development and Transition, Change Management, and a range of other courses for specific target groups including indigenous, single parents, mature aged workers, new migrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and early school leavers.

Working with mature age individuals facing major career transitions through retrenchment and other involuntary circumstances by being continuously contracted to provide outplacement services in the public and private sectors.

Continuous contracts as the preferred service provider to the Department of Defence since 1993 to deliver individual services and group workshops in Career Transition & Change Management to both civilian and military personnel.

Project-management of a significant number of DEST-funded (now DEEWR) projects for CICA including a major project to develop National Standards and Accreditation for Career Development Practitioners.

Selection as part of team to write content for the three components of the Australian Career Development Studies, and support material.

Contracts to review professional texts including quantitative assessment instruments on career development for the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER).

Review of My Guide section of the major Commonwealth website myfuture, making recommendations for change.

Writing a wide range of articles on career development for the Australian Career Practitioner magazine, and professional development for experienced and emerging practitioners.

 

 

Brian Leeson has a Master of Science degree. He has worked in the employment area since 1991 and has conducted more than 300 career transition related training workshops as well as working successfully with many thousands of individual clients in the process of re-directing their careers. He is particularly skilled in assisting people returning to the workforce after a long absence, adults recently retrenched or facing retrenchment, school leavers and recent graduates to develop effective résumés and job applications.

Brian’s expertise as a résumé writer has been acknowledged by the selection of a number of fictionalised samples of his résumés, application letters and interview strategies as best practice Australian examples for publication in a series of integrated American publications on challenging areas of self-marketing.

 

Brian’s post-graduate qualifications include:

Graduate Certificate in Career Development; Edith Cowan University (current)

Myers Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator; Otto Kruger Institute

 

Brian’s achievements have included:

Assisting over 120 clients from the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Regions to develop focused résumés as effective marketing documents.

Commissioned by a group of Metropolitan Firefighters to coach them in interview skills in a largely successful bid to gain promotion.

Contracted by Outplacement Specialist EPR of Melbourne to deliver a range of transition services to a number of their Corporate clients in Adelaide

Designing and running 30 half-day workshops to train 60 staff at 5 metropolitan branches of Jobs Statewide in résumé writing, job search techniques and interview coaching.

Commissioned by Career Solutions of Perth to assist in developing a data-base of sentences, phrases, word lists and questions for their employment-focused computer software program Winwork.

Providing a range of on-site and off-site career transition services to individuals and groups at all bases of the ADF in South Australia since 1993.

Designing and delivering Redeployment Services and Training to the Defence Support Centre Woomera (DSCW) during its major downsizing and restructuring period between 1993 and 2000.

Developing and delivering a series of workshops on Change Management in 2004 for the Department of Defence, Edinburgh, to address the concerns of staff affected by the planned relocation interstate of the Travel and Payroll Sections.

Leading a team of six trainers brought together at short notice to deliver intensive and comprehensive two-week career and job search training courses to up to 100 clients at a time in groups of up to 25 mixed personnel facing redeployment as a result of TransAdelaide’s loss of all contracts to run public transport services and Railcar maintenance.

Delivering 20 accredited courses on Performance Management; Conflict Management; Negotiation and Liaison Skills; and Supervision and Guidance to 250 civilian and military Defence Department personnel on behalf of a national provider.

 

Publications

Fictionalised samples of résumés and cover letters are included in the following American publications:

 Expert Résumés for Military-to-Civilian Transitions. Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark; (Jist Works). 2 contributions (1 of 2 Australian contributors)

Expert Résumés for Baby Boomers. Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark; (Jist Works). 2 contributions (1 of 2 Australian contributors)

No Nonsense Résumés. Wendy Enelow & Arnold Boldt (Career Press) 1 contribution (1 of 2 Australian contributors)

Résumés for the Rest of Us. Arnold Boldt (Career Press) 2 contributions (1 of 3 Australian contributors)

No Nonsense Cover Letters. Wendy Enelow & Arnold Boldt (Career Press) 1 contribution (1 of 2 Australian contributors)

No-Nonsense Job Interviews. Arnold Boldt (Career Press) 2 contributions (sole Australian contributor)

 

 

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