Our friendly career advisors provide individual appointments for those needing personalised career advice. We also run a series of workshops and events designed to support you at any stage of your career journey, and we host regular Industry Insights panels with local employers. We can even provide access to a computer and the internet for you to do your job research and applications!
Keep reading to learn about the fantastic expertise of our team at the Skills and Jobs Centre.
Careers and Training Services Manager
Tracey moved up to the position of Manager 3 years ago, from her previous position as a careers advisor at the Skills and Jobs Centre, which she began in 2016.
She has a background in secondary and higher education, with qualifications in commerce, careers education, training and assessment, and leadership.
Skills and Jobs Centre Coordinator and Acting Manager
Liz joined the team in January 2021, having previously owned and operated her own careers coaching service in Geelong and central Victoria. She has a Masters in Professional Education and Training, as well as a Doctorate in Adult Education.
Liz has previously worked in a range of roles in higher education, administration and academia, human resources, learning and development, and healthcare.
Industry and Community Coordinator
Kerri has experience across a range of human resources, recruitment, learning and career development, and project management roles in higher education and local government. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and postgraduate qualifications in human resources, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Career Education.
Kerri joined us in 2019 and worked as an advisor until recently moving into the Industry and Community Coordinator role; this role helps develop client and stakeholder relationships and provides a connection point between the Skills and Jobs Centre, employers, and local community organisations.
Industry and Community Coordinator
Throughout her 9 years at the Gordon, Sarah has undertaken a number of roles, including Business Development Manager, Business Innovation Facilitator and Industry Solutions Manager, before taking on the role of Industry and Community Coordinator with us.
In her current role, Sarah has developed and implemented multiple industry and employment related projects, partnered with the Social and Economic Inclusion team at Wyndham City Council, and managed the successful delivery of the Returnships program, which provided participants with paid work experience and enabled more than half to go on to secure employment.
Reconnect Program Careers Advisor
New to the Skills and Jobs Centre team, Paul has taken on a major role as the advisor for the Reconnect program. In this role, Paul assists participants to overcome their barriers in education, training, and employment by providing a tailored support plan into study and employment pathways.
Paul has completed a Diploma in Employment Services and a Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention (Out of Home Care).
He has 4 years’ experience working with high-risk youth in the Out of Home sector, in addition to 20 years’ experience in the VET sector, including apprenticeships, traineeships and employment services.
Belinda has been with us in a careers role for 4 years, coming from a background in human resources, learning and development, and change management, and student support at a university.
She has completed graduate certificates in career education and development, and training and assessment, postgraduate study in human resources, and a Masters in Professional Psychology.
Sharon joined the team in 2017 after more than a decade as a careers practitioner in universities, TAFEs and the community sector.
She has a Masters in Career Development, but prior to working as a career development practitioner, she spent many years working in community development roles. This included diversions into tourism, environmental management and TAFE teaching.
Jane joined the team after working in China for 4 years in an English language high school, and has over 20 years’ experience in student support in the education sector.
With a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Career Education and Development, and Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Jane has spent 12 years as a careers counsellor, and also has worked as a freelance editor and content writer.
Jo has spent the last 3 years with us, but has been at the Gordon for a total of 12 years in education support, student administration and enrolments.
She has a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development, a Certificate IV in Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Lucinda has been part of our team for over 4 years, with more than 15 years’ experience working in the higher education sector. Throughout her career, Lucinda has supported students with their career and employment needs.
Lucinda has a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and Development, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In addition to this, she has over 10 years’ experience working with industry and community organisations in events, facilitation and projects,
Jodie is one of the original team members of the Gordon’s Workforce Development Centre, which then became the Skills and Jobs Centre. A major part of her role has been assisting retrenched workers and their families in the Geelong community.
Before her time with us, Jodie spent 4 years working as a Recognised Prior Learning advisor at The Gordon. She spent another 8 years working in the job network and 9 years with Centrelink prior to working at the Gordon. Jodie has diplomas in management and business administration, as well as a Certificate IV in Careers Development.
Caroline joined our team 2 years ago and has a postgraduate qualification in education, but it was her time teaching Work Education that led her into the careers area. She specialises in talking to groups about job seeking skills and providing resources to teachers.
Caroline had worked with a lot of people with intellectual disabilities or barriers to education before joining us, and worked with adults on foundation skills such as reading, writing, and digital literacy.
Customer Liaison Officer
Sue has worked at the Gordon for 5 years and has spent the last 4 years with our team. Prior to this, Sue was a coordinator at the Gordon Werribee Centre.
Including her time at The Gordon, Sue has worked in the TAFE sector for over 12 years. Sue is the first point of contact for internal and external customers, working with people across the Geelong and Wyndham regions.
Student Experience Trainee
Emma is based at the Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre while undertaking a 12 month traineeship that includes the completion of Certificate III in Business.
She is often on the front counter, and throughout her traineeship she will be assisting our team, as well as other departments in The Gordon Student Experience team.