Career Counsellor Melbourne Polytechnic


  • Annual Salary $78,219 – $83,963 + Superannuation
  • Ongoing – Fixed Term Position for 12 months 
  • MP offer Flexible Working; this role is based out of our Preston Campus. We are close to public transport and provide secure onsite parking, onsite Café & restaurant with a gym facility, hair salon & we are only a short walk to Preston market.

 About the Organisation:

Melbourne Polytechnic is a learning organisation that has been delivering vocational training since 1912. Learning at Melbourne Polytechnic is a unique experience with an applied focus. delivered by teachers with real-world experience and expertise.

At Melbourne Polytechnic we are committed to providing high quality, innovative, applied and future focused, purposeful education and training to students, industry and communities. Our teachers are passionate and established in their professions and look guide students in theirs. We know that circumstances can create barriers to learning, so we offer our students personalised pathways, flexible study options and learning support.

About the role:

The incumbent is the key and active contributor for Melbourne Polytechnics government designated Skills
and Jobs Centre (SJC) team to provide high quality impartial assistance and support to Retrenched Workers,
Disengaged Youth, Unemployed, Apprentices and CALD students in relation to counselling and referral of
participants to community services.

As the Careers Counsellor you will deliver professional and proactive careers counselling and course and
career advice in the Skills and Jobs Centre. You will liaise with prospective and existing VE students,
employers, apprentices, unemployed and transitioning workers. Your role will include providing one-on-one
counselling sessions as well as delivering work readiness workshops in schools and Community Services

The incumbent commits to contribute to the SJC’s commitment to operate under the following DET 5 key Service Delivery Framework Guidelines:
• Operate in line with government priorities and triage clients into appropriate government initiatives.
• Provide training and course advice and referrals.
• Deliver qualified career counselling.
• Coordinate with and refer participants to appropriate community service and job readiness service providers.
• Work with local industry and employers



  • Provide individual careers counselling and support services to the clients.
  • Provide training course advice and pathway services across Melbourne Polytechnic and a range of
  • Review job seeker skills base and make recommendation regarding their employment pathway or
    up skilling options.
  • Active use career diagnostic software and job readiness assessment tools available to Melbourne


  • Build robust relationships with community stakeholders to ensure a strong service culture within
    the team.
  • Work in collaboration with other stakeholder and agencies such as PRACE (Northland); Matchworks (Epping); Brotherhood; Darebin Youth Services in northern corridor; Koorie Services; and Multi-Skills.
  • Represent Melbourne Polytechnic SJC at appropriate forums and meetings.


  • Provide career counselling and support services for individuals and groups, which result in job seekers making informed training and employment decisions.
  • Participate and assist in the development of career events, workshops and programs to relevant groups and increase the profile of the SJC.
  • Collaborate with the Manager, Coordinator and wider Student Acquisitions team to develop and
    deliver integrated career education materials to support access to courses and further education.


  • Develop, plan, organise, co-ordinate and deliver innovative careers events, workshops and
  • Build and maintain quality partnerships with relevant Melbourne Polytechnic stakeholders,
    industries and other TAFE providers.
  • Travel around the Northern corridor will be required for this role as well as being available on
    weekends and evenings to attend careers events in Schools and career expos as required.


  • Maintain a safe, positive and productive work environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.
  • Promote the Vision and goals of the organisation both internally and externally, with professionalism and enthusiasm.
  • Undertake other.

Skills and experience required: 

  1. A relevant bachelor’s degree or Graduate Certificate in Career Development/Counselling and 5+
    years’ experience in a specialised career counselling role.
  2. Knowledge of career development theory and practice, with experience in individual careers
    counselling, including 4+ years of evidenced theory and practice implementation.
  3. Demonstrable knowledge of the labour market and the TAFE and Community Services sectors
  4. Experience in motivating and influencing people in relation to sensitive issues or towards a
    particular course of action.
  5. High level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate.
    sensitively and effectively with wide range of customers from a range of cultural backgrounds

How to apply:

Please submit the following documents for your application to be considered.

  • Current CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Key Selection Criteria response

Key Selection Criteria can be found in the Position Description at the bottom of our company page – please go to the “apply now” tab to be taken directly to the role on our website.

For further information on the role, please contact Carlos Martinez Mejia on [email protected] or call us on (03) 9269 1934.

If you email us please make sure you put the job title and job number in the subject line.

Please note, applications received via email or LinkedIn will not be considered you must apply via the website.

We will be shortlisting immediately don’t delay, apply today!

Recruitment Agencies

Please be aware for us to engage with you, we require internal pre-approval and you must be on the State Purchasing Contract (for Victorian government common use goods and services). We will engage with you and your agency once we have the approvals.

Diversity and Inclusion
Melbourne Polytechnic is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation, by ensuring that children and young people are protected from abuse or harm.

We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people. This means we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ and from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this job, with age being no barrier.

Vaccination Requirements
The COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) and as amended and replaced from time to time (Directions), affect all persons employed or engaged to perform work by Melbourne Polytechnic.

As such, offers of employment from Melbourne Polytechnic are conditional upon the applicant being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory evidence of the same.



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