Frequently asked questions

What should I expect from a coaching session?

Our coaching sessions are tailored to your career devel0pment needs, so each session may differ and every client will have a unique experience.

Generally Danielle will review your New Client Form and discuss what you would like to achieve from each session. You may be provided with advice, resources, options, reading material and assigned follow-up tasks.Or you may simply prefer to talk through some ideas or issues that are on your mind.

You won’t leave empty handed. It’s important to Career Finesse that you receive value for money for our services, especially since our time together is limited. Where appropriate, you may be assigned research home work or Career Master and Actions Plans to implement. We want to support and encourage you to carry on with your career goals once our sessions have been completed.

What happens if I don’t complete all of my paperwork before my session?

We understand that clients have busy lives full of school, university, work, sport, family and other commitments. It’s strongly advisable that you complete your paperwork prior to your session as this streamlines the process and leaves more time to talk about the important things or complete activities. Danielle is happy to guide you through the paperwork in your session, however this may take a lot of time and may result in the need to book further sessions.

Why have I been given homework? Isn’t it the Career Practitioner’s job to give me this information?

There are over 5000 different known occupations, so it’s impossible for one person (even if they are the most brilliant career practitioner ever!) to be an expert in all of them. In many cases, you will be asked to conduct guided research outside of your session. This ensures that you can get the most out of your session with Danielle. At Career Finesse we find that the more the client takes ownership of their own research, the more engaged they are in the process and the faster the results come.

After all…..if it’s meant to be, then it’s up to me!

Why should I pay a fee for private career development services when I can access this service for free at school/TAFE/university?

Most schools, colleges and universities in Australia offer some type of career advisory service. Danielle has worked in such a role herself and finds these services very valuable. She also have a good working relationship with career practitioners in these roles.

Unfortunately there are downsides to these free services:

  • resources are usually stretched to the limit with career practitioners juggling hundreds, if not thousands of students between them
  • there is often a limited number of sessions offered per student
  • career practitioners are often experts in their own learning institution and may not be able to provide a wide range of services
  • parents of students seeking these services are often not invited/permitted to be included in these sessions

 At Career Finesse we offer a fee-for-service which ensures all clients have access to a high level of expertise and resources, are not limited to a number of sessions and are guaranteed one-on-one time with a highly qualified expert. We believe that parents involvement in their child’s career development journey is crucial and therefore are invited to attend all sessions with the student.

What is your experience with the military?

Danielle’s husband has been a soldier since 2000 and she has been with him every step of the way, through deployments and multiple interstate postings.

Danielle has experienced first hand the difficulties that come with finding and maintaining a meaningful career as a military spouse. She knows all too well the challenges and bias spouses face when relocating (especially to ‘garrison towns’), trying to network in a professional setting, job searching and participating in the workforce.   

Danielle has also worked as a human resource practitioner for over 10 years, so she is in a unique position to share key tips and techniques for navigating the job market and the workforce as a military spouse. 

Can’t anyone just call themselves a Career Practitioner? What are your credentials?

The CICA Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners define the term Career Development Practitioner to be:

‘an umbrella term that refers to any direct service provider in the career development field. This includes but is not limited to: career counsellors, employment counsellors, career educators, career information specialists, career management, consultants, career practitioners, rehabilitation counsellors, work development officers, employment support workers, work experience coordinators, job developers, placement coordinators, career coaches and vocational rehabilitation workers.’

You cannot be a professional career development practitioner in Australia without the correct qualifications and registration (similar to a teacher, psychologist, doctor etc).

When looking for a career development practitioner, it’s advisable to check the credentials of a practitioner before engaging their services or paying for services or programs. Sales professionals from private education providers have been incorrectly representing themselves as career advisors and providing unsolicited advice to the general public in order to sell places on courses. Qualified career development professionals should be able to provide evidence of their membership with a reputable industry association such as the CDAA. Engaging such a professional means that they are governed by professional standards which specify their level of experience and qualification required to work as a career development practitioner.

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Are Career Finesse Career Practitioners psychologists?

No. Many career development practitioners in Australia are not psychologists, although some might be multi-qualified. All career development practitioners must hold the minimum qualification including:

a) a endorsed Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Certificate


b) an alternative pathway to Professional status as may be approved on a case by case basis by the Membership Associations in line with Policy and Procedures developed by the Career Industry Council of Australia.

What is a vocational assessment and which ones do you use?

Commonly (and sometimes incorrectly) referred to as ‘personality tests’.

Vocational assessments are used to analyse client factors such as attitudes, personality, values, interests, aptitudes, skills and experience. Simply put, the tool or inventory, is used to obtain a certain type of information from the client which ultimately assists to discover potential job/career options and set goals. For example, a popular tool used throughout Australian business, recruitment, career coaching and leadership which you may have heard of is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

There are many reasons why a career practitioner and client would choose to utilise a vocational assessment during their sessions. However, these assessments are used to complement a session only and will not be used as a substitution for a full career coaching service or advisory purposes. If you think a vocational assessment may be suitable for your needs, Danielle will discuss this with you at your session.

Career Finesse is passionate about career development and can help you explore career options based on your personal preferences and skills, navigate the job market, develop career plans for success, make career and study decisions, and of course to win that job!