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 is an experienced and professional career strategist and executive coach, and human resources generalist with extensive experience in the corporate environment across a number of industries, and a significant exposure to individual career coaching. A major thrust of Heidi's work in private practice is career and executive coaching for individuals of varied backgrounds and experiences and includes Masters, MBA students and alumni of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and members of the Australian Institute of Management.  Heidi is a consultant of choice to these organisations.

Heidi is a former President and Committee Member of the Career Development Association of Australia (NSW Division), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate and Alumni member of the Institute of Executive Coaching, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Coaching
  • Human Resources

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Career Development
  • Diploma Human Resource Management
  • MBTI-accredited

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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