Meet Our Careers Counsellors




Leah Pappas

CCCA Manager, Professional Careers Practitioner, ERS Sales and Training, CCCA

Qualifications:
Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Assoc. Dip in Business and Accounting

Accreditation to deliver the following career assessment tools;
Career Voyage, The Morrisby Report (online), SDS and the Employment Readiness Scale ™ (ERS)

Bio:

Leah is a professional careers practitioner with CEAV Career Counselling Australia. She provides careers consultancy services in all areas of career development, contributes to professional learning programs, and provides careers counselling to the community, especially those most vulnerable. 

Leah has a background in Accounting as an Office Manager and staff training with extensive experience working in manufacturing industries and has worked as a TAFE teacher in Finance and Accounting with extensive experience in VET and Higher Education. She has managed several projects with the Department of Education and Training, including the World of Work on Wheels and the Ready Set Go Program delivering career education across metropolitan Melbourne, and regional and remote areas of Victoria. More recently working on the Community Revitalisation Project with the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Hume, and the City of Moonee Valley, providing career development workshops and one to one career counselling utilising the Employment Readiness Scale ™ (ERS).

Leah has experience in providing career counselling to those most vulnerable in the community who are experiencing multiple complex barriers to gaining employment. Leah feels it is important to empower individuals with the right resources and skills to help them become stronger and more work ready to increase their chances of gaining and sustaining employment now and into the future. Leah has experience in developing career education materials, professional resume writing, cover letters, interviews, job search strategies and answering selection criteria and providing input into preparing social media profiles for employment.





Deirdre Brown

Project Officer and Professional Careers Practitioner, CCCA

Qualifications:
Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development, Diploma in Social Work (UK) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Accreditation to deliver the following career assessment tools;
The Morrisby Report (online), and the Employment Readiness Scale ™ (ERS).

Bio:

Dee is a qualified careers practitioner with CEAV Career Counselling Australia with a background in Social Work and Community Services in both the UK and Australia. She has worked for local and state governments, not-for-profit organisations across a range of industries including, disability services, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and employment services.

Dee has recently been involved in the Community Revitalisation Project at the City of Greater Dandenong in the Work Ready Program, where she provided professional career counselling, utilising the Employment Readiness Scale ™(ERS). The Project aim was to assist the most vulnerable job seekers in the community who wanted to work, but were having trouble gaining employment. Dee assisted a range of clients from diverse backgrounds, experiencing complex barriers to move towards becoming work ready, transition to study and training or employment. Dee also provides career counselling to the public through CCCA at Greensborough or via online e-Counselling using Zoom.

Dee is passionate about helping people gain career direction and help them to develop and fulfil their potential and has had extensive experience assisting people with disability.