Career guidance

MGSM Career Services provides a number of initiatives to help students make important decisions about their career. At the beginning of the study, students have access to the Strategic Career Development Framework, which offers a clear structure to guide students through their career development journey.

The Framework will be delivered via the following methods:

  • Personalised careers coaching sessions with our expert and professional career coaches, who will help unlock your potential through increased awareness of your strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success.
  • Career development workshops and seminars, e.g., Career Navigation Series and etc.
  • Skills-based workshops, such as LinkedIn workshops and etc.
  • Students undertaking effective self-assessment tools when necessary.

The purpose of the framework is to help students develop an individualised action plan to achieve the career they want.

One-to-one Career Coaching Sessions

Career coaching facilitates learning – how to unlock your potential through increased awareness of your strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success. To compete effectively in today’s ever-changing marketplace, successful candidates must not only match their competencies, personal strengths, values and achievements to their career – they must also know how to promote them. Qualifications alone will not result in a new job or advancement in their career.

Career coaching is available on Tuesdays at Macquarie Park campus and on Wednesdays at CBD campus.


Expert and professional career guidance can help MGSM’s students and alumni make the right moves to achieve the career they want. Career coaching may include but not be limited to providing assistance with:

  • Making important decisions about career direction and how to achieve this
  • Identifying and reflecting on motivators, interests and transferable competencies
  • Reviewing the resume with a focus on value proposition
  • Developing a marketing strategy that includes approaching the advertised and the non-advertised job market
  • Creating a networking strategy and then a plan to help build “your brand”
  • Coaching in how to pass interviews (behavioural, traditional and case study interviews)
  • How to work with Recruitment Consultants.

Heidi Winney

With significant experience as a Career and Executive Coach, Heidi draws on a number of career theories in her coaching practice to assist executives, managers and professional people, who want to make a change in or better manage their career.

She is a Career Transition specialist and in that role has interacted with many people in many different professional and executive roles.  This enables her to apply her broad knowledge and understanding of employers’ needs to her coaching practice. Heidi helps clients broaden their career options and possibilities, developing their marketing collateral (Resume, LinkedIn, Cover letters, Public Sector Selection Criteria), provides guidance on self-marketing strategies, developing and managing their personal brand, and passing the various styles of interviews common in the job market.

Her background includes Corporate HR Management and HR Consulting roles with a focus on the corporate environment across a variety of industry sectors including travel, manufacturing and supply of building & construction materials, IT, Investment Banking, PR and Advertising.

Heidi has a Degree in Career Development from Edith Cowan University, Diploma level qualifications in HR Management and is a Graduate and Alumni member of the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Australia. She is accredited in delivering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test, and uses various other assessments to assist clients increase their self-awareness.

She is a former NSW Division President and Committee Member of the Career Development Association of Australia, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Management and has previously coached professional members of the Institute. She is actively involved in ongoing professional development.

Heidi’s interest and passion lies in working with people and assisting them in their search for career and life satisfaction.

New skills and practical advice on a variety of topics are also available exclusively to MGSM students and alumni via our career development workshops and seminars. Hosted by experienced facilitators and held throughout the year, these sessions prepare you for any business leadership career path you wish to pursue, anywhere in the world. A maximum of 25 participants per workshop allows for individual attention.

Career Navigation Series 

  • Workshop 1 - Defining your Value Proposition
  • Workshop 2 - The Power of Networking
  • Workshop 3 - Mastering the Recruitment Process.

Skills-based workshops

  • LinkedIn workshop.


James Brennan is a broadly experienced career management professional who is passionate about facilitating change in both individuals and business. James is well known to the Careers team at MGSM having delivered “Career Optimisation” workshops to the students over the past twelve months.  He has enjoyed a career encompassing education, sales, marketing, recruitment and career management. As a result he feels well equipped to work with those seeking career direction and the organisations looking to employ them. Facilitating workshops to assist in shaping an individual's career is something he is passionate about. He currently presents seminars on: Interviews, Resumes, Application Letters, Networking, Developing Your Value Proposition and “Mastering the Recruitment Process.” He takes a solutions based approach to coaching and has worked with individuals and organisations from a wide cross section of industries. He is particularly interested in how a business recruits, inducts and retains its valued staff and how in turn this impacts on the individual. He is very interested in employer and personal brand and how they connect. James’ experience in the employment sector over many years has helped him grasp exactly what talented people need to do to get employed and what organisations need to do to attract and retain that talent. James holds a Bachelor of Education. (Membership of CDAA pending.)

Richard Burton is an accomplished facilitator and career consultant who at the age of 37, despite holding a senior profile in the Australian property market,  made the huge decision to pause and transform his career. He took time off, long enough to explore his passions, talents, core values and identity. He not only began his new career as a professional coach, but committed to aligning all aspects of his life to his core passions. Inspired performance soon followed, and his deep focus became and remains, “making a difference IN people” and “helping people find their true purpose”. Richard applies accredited training and research in Positive Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and draws on over a decade of senior business leadership and first-grade cricket as a player and coach. His specialization areas include: leadership performance; personal transformation and behaviour change; career transition and development; self-awareness and self-leadership growth; team and organisational culture; accessing beliefs, values and purpose; and sports and ‘neuro’ performance. Richard is an accredited Gallup coach.

Kirsty Janney is an accredited Executive Coach. Kirsty’s experience covers over 25 years in coaching, career transition, consulting and strategic marketing. Kirsty has worked with leaders in Government, corporate and small business to maximise their results and leverage their style at work.

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Marketing Management
  • Solution Focused Business Professional Certification (Coaching and Facilitating)
  • Executive Coaching Accreditation

Instrument Accreditations

  • Saville Wave
As an enrolled student of MGSM, you will have access to more premium career services and resources. Please visit MGSM Student Website for more information.
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