Is your current employment related to your qualification from ACAP?
Yes. I am working in counselling in my own private practice.
Did your studies at ACAP help you secure your current employment?
Yes. It helped me pivot my career from being an executive assistant in construction to my current position.
What is your job now? Tell us a bit about your day to day
I divide my time between a part-time position within the not-for-profit industry, private practice and sit on two boards related to women’s mental health. Each complement each other. My studies have allowed me to work at an executive level within the mental health industry at Relationships Australia National Office, Canberra.
My position as Director of Operations and Network Engagement gives me the opportunity to be involved in and gain knowledge of what is happening in our industry and its impacts.
I run my own successful counselling business, The Upside of Me, that specialises in counselling and group services for women. I also provide psycho-education at community events voluntarily.
Why did you choose ACAP as your study partner?
Flexibility. As I was mid-career, I was working while also studying so the in-person and online blend was well suited to my situation. Also, the way the sessions were facilitated (as a lecture and tutorial) appealed to my learning style of collaboration.
What resources did you find most useful?
While at ACAP, I gained great group work skills as well as learning various counselling modalities that have complimented my business skills today. This has helped me create two new, successful groups (Up & About Mothers’ Group and Women After Separation) to fill the gap in services in niche areas.
What did you love most about studying at ACAP?
The flexibility of delivery – online, in class and blended was especially helpful to create work and study harmony. The lecturer’s industry knowledge and experience were amazing. My lecturers shared their passions which gave me an opportunity to learn about world leaders and shapers in our industry. I still keep in contact with some of my lecturers and value their input into my career path.
What’s your advice to incoming students?
Enjoy the journey of learning. View your lecturers as your team that supports your learning, not only that mark your assignments. Remember your purpose in taking on the study and education. Seek industry contacts and keep up to date with what is happening in your area so you can relate it to your study and use the information and contacts when you graduate.