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Career Advisor Profile – Christine Holland

Career Advisor Profile – Christine Holland

Could you tell us more about your self?

I have been very fortunate to have had opportunities that have enabled me to experience a vast range of professional and leadership roles covering many industry sectors including business ownership.  It is the value of these experiences that allows me to feel very comfortable in working with others and assisting them to move along the career path that they are choosing.

You are very active in the CDAA, could you tell us more about that?

Professional associations are of value to members as they provide credibility, currency of practice through professional development, exposure of services to the market place and connections to Governments and partnership organisations.  I have held a number of positions within the CDAA at both state and national levels and value the responsibility of contribution.

How many years have you been a career advisor?

I commenced practicing as a career advisor in 2000 and very quickly gained a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling from RMIT, followed by a Masters in Career Development through Edith Cowan University.

Why did you decide to become a career advisor?

The year 2000 was a stage in my life where I needed to have flexibility in my work life to better manage family issues.  Colleagues at the time were expressing how I had assisted them in developing their careers and made the suggestion that this should be the new profession for me. 

What sets you apart from other career advisors?

The range of industry experiences as well as a variety of roles, including as a Board Director, have given me knowledge that allows me to work with clients at all levels and professions.  As an experienced business owner I am aware of the needs of employers.  I am energised by challenge and will always work toward a solution.  It is important to me to transfer this energy to clients to ensure they also remain focused on the outcome they are working toward.

What is your approach to career development?

Focus on a successful outcome for the client by developing their self-awareness, self-belief and confidence that enables them to identify their opportunities and resolve their challenges to ensure they meet their goals

What single event had the most impact on your career?

The impact of the early nineties’ recession and privatisation of the SEC in Victoria resulted in serious family ill health and loss of income.  At that time I was President of Morwell Chamber of Commerce and felt the financial and personal stress of not only our own business but many others.  It was certainly a period that altered my approach to life as I cared for my husband, two young daughters and spent most of the week in our 7 day business.

How do you stay up to date with new trends?

I maintain connections to a variety of organisations as a Board member, attend many seminars, workshops and conferences where I can gain information on what is happening across many sectors.  As I am 100kms from Melbourne I have difficulty in attending CDAA professional development events, but spend a great deal of time in gaining ideas from colleagues and in reading appropriate publications.

What trend do you think will have most impact on your work in the future?

The use of technology including a greater understanding of the application of social network sources as a learning environment.  However personal contact is essential for more purposeful engagement with a client.

What GPS Career tools do you find most beneficial?

The GPS is such comprehensive program of career tools that covers all aspects of preparation for clients who are wishing to progress their career opportunities it is difficult to select a single beneficial tool.  The WorkLife Group are to be congratulated for their foresight in developing such an inclusive and logical program.

How is the current economic situation impacting on your career advisory work?

My work in regional Victoria does not appear to be impacted a great deal by the economic situation but more by the changing nature of industry within the Latrobe Valley as well as the metropolitan sprawl along the eastern corridor of Melbourne.  This sprawl is greatly changing the nature of business and opportunity within the Gippsland region. 

Career practice is not a familiar profession within the area therefore I am also breaking new ground.

Are you starting to see more people thinking of making a career change?

Career change has always been a major aspect of career practice.  There are limitations to opportunities within country areas and the challenges are different to what I previously worked with in metropolitan Melbourne.  Many of my clients need to change career as opportunity does not necessarily exist within their current career path.

What advice would you offer someone that is stuck in their career?

“Why are you feeling stuck – what are the barriers?”    Understand what you have to offer and identify the opportunities that match your skill set.

What career advice would you offer to job seekers not to do?

Do not panic – be focused, prepared and allow time.

If you had to start your career over again, what would you do differently?

I have had a privileged career and I only look forward.

What are your career goals?

As I thoroughly enjoy working with young people and with groups I will concentrate with these markets.

Anything else you would like to share?

Positive, self-aware people achieve positive, self-aware results.

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