About Career Avenues

Career Avenues is an Australian careers consultancy providing services to schools in Australia and Asia.  Our administration office is at Mount Alford Queensland, and we use offices at Armadale in Melbourne, Chatswood in Sydney and at Toowong in Brisbane.  Much of our work is conducted within the 38 Independent High Schools that we work with in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.  Our online services are available to all schools who can access the internet.  International and rural schools are very welcome.

Postal Address:  Titmarsh Rd   Mount Alford QLD 4310

Phone:               1300 764 641

 Email:                marian.kratzing@careeravenues.com.au



Dr Marian Kratzing, Careers and Counselling Psychologist (Sydney & Brisbane) is the Principal of Career Avenues. She is a member of the Australian Psychologists Association (MAPS) and a member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists.  Marian is also a member of the CDAA (Career Development Association or Australia).  She has a BA (Psych, Hons), and PhD from the University of Qld.  Marian founded Career Avenues in 1992.

Marian has specialised in Counselling and Careers Psychology since the 1970's with a special interest in Life Career Development - creating a balanced and fulfilling life. She was director of the Career Development Office at Macquarie University, and Coordinator of the Counselling Service at QUT and has also worked as a Counsellor at Univ of Qld.  She has been in private practice in her own consultancy, Career Avenues, since 1991. 

Marian has worked extensively with young adults, teenagers and older adults on issues including career decision making, anxiety, stress, motivation and depression. She has also trained in many mindfulness based counselling and therapeutic approaches including MBSR, MBCT,and ACT Mindfully.  Marian has also trained in The Work  Inquiry methods of Byron Katie Mitchel.  Marian applies Mindfulness and Positive Psychology approaches to personal and career counselling and therapy.  Dr Kratzing also consults privately at the Boonah Hospital in Queensland.


Julie Eggleton, Career Counsellor (Sydney) and In-School Profile Administrator, holds a BA (Psychology, English) from UNSW, and a Diploma in Education. She joined Career Avenues in 2011 and is a member of CDAA and CAA. With a lifelong interest in adolescent development and pedagogy, she has an extensive background in guiding high school students and young adults with their tertiary and career choices.

Julie has also worked in human resources in large corporates and consulting organisations, focusing on assisting and motivating others to manage their careers from graduate to executive level. Her experience encompasses recruitment, employee career counselling, assessing competency, identifying development requirements, facilitating challenging roles to provide ongoing learning opportunities, and training managers to be high performing coaches. 

Julie offers private career profiling with Career Avenues for secondary students, graduates commencing their careers, as well as clients returning to work after a break, or wanting a career change at any level or stage of career. 

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Belinda Ross, Careers Counsellor (Melbourne). Belinda holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work and Diploma in Counselling. Belinda has had 20 years experience working in social work and counselling in both Australia and the UK.

Belinda has recently joined the Career Avenues team as our Melbourne Schools Liaison Manager and Careers Counsellor.

Her focus has been around maximising and adjustment with life decisions and options related to health and well being. Belinda has a particular interest in coaching which compliments the opportunity for adolescents and adults to make career choices that are unique to themselves and to then take a step further to plan for the future. 


Meg Hall, Career Counsellor (Sydney) and In-School Profile Administrator has over 15 years experience as a Careers Counsellor, specialising in assisting senior students and young adults make their first career choice. As well as a strong background in teaching in both government and independent schools, Meg has held leadership positions in student welfare and worked as a careers counsellor in leading independent schools. Her qualifications in education, educational administration, psychology and career counselling mean that Meg is well qualified to assist both students and parents.

She also offers private career profiles with Career Avenues. Meg is a professional member of the CDAA and CAA. Meg has been with Career Avenues for 7 years working in Sydney.


 Belinda Wilde, Career Counsellor (Sydney), In-School Profile Administrator, holds a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Physical Education) from the University of Sydney.  Belinda is a member of CDAA. Belinda has been working with school students and young adults for the last 5 years helping them identify their own natural strengths and preferences, and to develop career plans.  Belinda has also worked as Lifeline counsellor.

Belinda has experience in Recruitment in the IT and Pharmaceutical Industries. Within the Pharmaceutical Industry she recruited Sales Executives, Regional and National Sales Managers and ran large Project Builds and Assessment Centers for national high volume recruitment drives for clients such as Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith Kline and Aventis.  She has experience in interview coaching, interview preparation, recruitment and business development.

 Belinda joined Career Avenues in 2009 and is an accredited MBTI Practitioner.  

Marg Osborne

Dr Margaret Osborne, Psychologist (Melbourne) has over 15 years experience helping adolescents, adults, and children overcome performance difficulties.  Margaret has worked with Career Avenues since 2008.  In addition to her work with Career Avenues, Margaret is engaged in private practice consultancy, and teaching, research and curriculum development at The University of Melbourne.  She is also a professional member of the Career Industry Council of Australia.

Margaret has worked in a variety of settings including federal government, schools, psychology clinics, employee assistance programs, and occupational rehabilitation. She is an internationally recognized leader in performance anxiety research, and works alongside leading performance psychologists to coach athletes and performing artists to maximize their performance potential. With a warm, engaging and friendly approach, Margaret is committed to assisting people to behave in ways that lead them to live full and satisfying lives. 


Dr Choon-Hwa Lim, Psychologist (Sydney) also joined career avenues in 2012 in Sydney. She is Chinese-born and raised in Malaysia, completed High School in New Zealand before pursuing a career as a Psychologist.  Choon-Hwa is a registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society.  She also teaches at Macquarie University. Her PhD thesis was on culture, communication and the job interview. Prior to academia, she spent many years working in industry, interviewing candidates for employment and supporting retrenched workers to help them rebuild after experiencing a job loss.

Choon-Hwa is passionate about people finding enjoyment in their careers, and finding a path that genuinely reflects who they are.  She is an active volunteer in the community, and also runs her own consultancy Peopleinvest.



Vanessa Shevelev, Careers Psychologist (Sydney) joined Career Avenues in 2016 and is a member of CDAA and APS. Having worked in the University and TAFE environments, she has extensive knowledge of new and emerging careers, courses and education pathways. Vanessa loves what she does and is passionate about helping high school students explore life and career after school.

Prior to working in the careers field, Vanessa worked as an Organisational Psychologist in the private sector, where she was recognised for transforming business processes and increasing employee productivity and satisfaction.

Vanessa brings insight, interest and enthusiasm to each of her clients. She has helped hundreds of clients develop confidence and self-awareness through a greater understanding of signature strengths.  Vanessa offers private career counselling for secondary students, new graduates, adults caught in a mid-career slump and those trying to re-enter the workforce.


Andrea Pinnock is a Careers Adviser (Sydney) She joined Career Avenues in 2015.  Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Careers Education from RMIT.  She has been a careers adviser for over ten years working at two prestigious girl’s schools in Sydney and continues in this role as well as her work for Career Avenues.

Andrea has extensive knowledge of each state’s university application systems and the various alternative pathways to tertiary study, including scholarship applications.  She also has experience guiding students with overseas applications to the USA and UK.


Sheila Mylvaganam, Careers Counsellor (Sydney) has over thirty years of experience in career counselling and curriculum development, She brings a professional and enthusiastic approach to assisting people to realize their career ambitions.  Sheila has a background in managing teams, teaching and developing career programs with career services in several universities in NSW as well as secondary schools in the United Kingdom.  She has consolidated a diverse range of capabilities and accumulated insights in career education and management.   Sheila has a Master of Adult Education and postgraduate qualifications in career education, counselling, guidance and librarianship.  Sheila also consults  to universities and coaches clients to achieve their career potential.  Sheila has been involved with Career Avenues since its inception in Sydney.

Alan Fredericks

Alan Fredericks,  Career Avenues Profiling Assistant  ( Sydney).   Alan’s professional career spanned 30 years in the Energy sector with Esso Australia Ltd and AGL Energy Ltd in Sales & Marketing and Administration Management roles. His experience included Franchise Network Management and he served on the NSW Franchise Council.

He has many years of experience and held leadership roles in community not for profit, volunteer based organisations.   In 2000 he was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to sport.

He has been working with Career Avenues since 2011 taking care of our profiling materials and assisting with our large group profiling sessions in schools.


Michelle Cooper, Career Counsellor (Sydney)Michelle has extensive experience in the education sector and has specialized in career counselling for the last 10 years. Michelle has worked with Career Avenues since 2015.  She also works in a secondary school and in her own private practice. Michelle has an interest in applying positive psychology strategies to her career development and counselling practice. Working with Career Avenues has allowed Michelle to bring together her interests in career counselling, teaching and learning and pastoral care.  Michelle’s warm and friendly interviewing style assists young people to feel valued, comfortable and engaged in the career profiling process.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Careers Counselling and Development from RMIT.  She has additional qualifications in technology education, career development and counselling.  She is a professional member of the CDAA, CAA NSW and an accredited Majors PTI practitioner.  

Veda Fitzpatrick

Veda Fitzpatrick, Guidance Counsellor (Brisbane) holds a B.A. (UQ), Cert. Teaching (Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College), Grad Dip in School Counselling (UQ)and a M. Ed Studies (Ed. Psych) (UQ).   In 1988 Veda also completed the Queensland Education Department in-service course for school guidance counselling.  She has had extensive experience in adolescent guidance counselling in vocational, educational and personal counselling in state high schools in S.E. Queensland.  Veda has also worked as a Senior Guidance Officer in the Brisbane Metropolitan South Region in a supervisory role. Veda completed the MBTI qualifying course for Myers Briggs personality assessment in 2005. She is a member of QCOT and ACS (Australian Careers Service).

Veda joined Career Avenues in 2015.   She brings a wealth of skill, knowledge and experience to help senior students make well informed career choices. Her extensive experience in Year 10 SET Planning, Year 12 tertiary applications, and qualifications in Myers Briggs assessment provide a solid basis for helping students explore career options and choose appropriate senior subjects.  Veda is fully accredited in the Career Avenues Profiling system.

Melinda Phillips

Melinda Phillips, Career Consultant (Sydney) is a careers counsellor and educator with a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), Master of Education (Educational Psychology) (USyd), Certificate of Gifted Education (UNSW) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology (UNE). Melindahas supported students, teachers and schools in NSW for over twenty years in teaching, system and state level roles, most recently in roles focusing on design thinking and innovation; building people's capacity to manage change, loss and grief; and strengthening mental health and wellbeing.

Developing the skills and confidence to manage one’s career journey has become critical in today’s transforming world, and Melinda passionately believes in the importance of empowering young people and adults through access to evidence-based information, and developing skills to use this information to make thoughtful decisions and initiate and cope with change at the individual, team, organisation and system level. A volunteer with Lifeline, Melinda also works as a private career counsellor and coach supporting students, women returning to the workforce, people planning/in transition between careers and those in the education and not-for-profit sectors.

Virginia Pelosi, Career Consultant Sydney. Virginia holds a Bachelor of Arts (USYD), a Diploma of Education (USYD), a Graduate Certificate of Gifted Education (UNSW) and a Graduate Certificate in Education & Career Development (RMIT). She is also a member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), NSW (NSWCAA) and Victorian Careers Adviser Association (CEAV) and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC). Virginia has also worked since 2016 for the charitable organisation “Dressed for Success” assisting women to develop skills to rejoin the workforce.

 Virginia has recently joined Career Avenues after an extensive work history in education and the corporate world. She also continues to work in private practice as a Careers Consultant.  Virginia comes to Career Avenues with five years’ experience as a Head of Careers in the Independent school sector  where she has advised and mentored both HSC and International Baccalaureate students. During this time Virginia has achieved great success assisting students to secure positions and elite scholarships in some of the world’s most esteemed Universities across Australia and overseas.

 Virginia’s work is characterized by a passionate interest in each of her clients and provides them with the knowledge and skills to achieve their unique career potential. 

Kerry Gilmour, Career Counsellor (Sydney) is a values-driven coaching and training professional whose 20-year career spans counselling, coaching, training, and project management across all sectors.

 Kerry works within a positive psychology framework and her warmth, insight and curiosity supports clients of all ages to feel safe to explore the important issues, gain clarity for the future based on a deeper understanding of their strengths, values and motivators. Kerry is particularly passionate about working with adolescents and enjoys supporting them to discover who they are and what they care about to help with some of the key decisions they have to make in their high school years and beyond.

 Kerry works as a Careers Consultant, independently, and with Career Avenues. Kerry’s personal style has been described as constructive, motivating and caring.   Kerry holds a BA Hons. M Sc Counselling Psychology (City University, London), Diploma in Executive Coaching (Institute of Leadership & Management, London), Graduate Certificate in Career Development  (Swinburne). She is a professional member of the CDAA.


Don Kratzing, Director and Test Development and Administration Manager (Brisbane), is a company Director and part of our profiling and test development team.  Don originally trained as an environmental scientist and has a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Queensland.

His many years of experience in environmental management of mining and petroleum industries in Australia and internationally, informs our team on science careers and especially on the resource sector and primary industry careers.   

Don also manages our database and scoring systems from our Brisbane office.

Last modified: Saturday, 11 August 2018, 9:12 AM