Michael Healy

Careers and employability learning expert

I am a careers and employability educator and researcher at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. I lead the development of a range of careers and employability services and programs and collaborate with academic staff to integrate careers and employability learning into the curriculum.

I am pursuing a PhD in careers and employability learning in higher education. In addition to evaluating a dialogical approach to careers and employability learning, my research will be a record of my reflective practice as I seek to innovate in my profession.


  • Careers and employability learning in higher education
  • Career development professional practice


  • PhD candidate, careers and employability

    University of Southern Queensland

  • Grad. Cert. Career Development and Education, 2015

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

  • B.A. Hons, History, 2006

    University of Waikato


Pre-print pdfs available on request

Career Assessment

Career assessment is inherent in the professional practices of career development. Career assessment has its scientific, technical, and …

Mapping graduate employability and career development in higher education research: A citation network analysis.

Greater attention than ever is being placed on how universities enable their graduates to achieve their career goals as a key return on …

Connectedness learning in the life sciences: LinkedIn as an assessment task for employability and career exploration

You’ve been doing employability the wrong way would be the click-bait headline if this chapter were to be published in an online …

Career services in Australian higher education: Aligning the training of practitioners to contemporary practice

As university graduates face increasingly changing and challenging labour markets and work environments, universities are prioritising …

My career chapter: The dialogical self as author and editor of a career autobiography

My Career Chapter: a Dialogical Autobiography (MCC; McIlveen; 2015) is a qualitative career assessment and counselling tool based on …

Presentations and webinars

Careers and employability in higher education: Two sides of the same coin?

A brief summary to the results of two of my PhD projects looking at careers and employability in higher education.

Online careers and employability services: Reflections from an Australian regional university

Presentation for the UK Association of Careers Advisory Services, about online delivery of careers and employability services.

Career services in Australian higher education: Aligning the training of practitioners to contemporary practice

Presentation at NAGCAS 2019 of our article on changes in career development practice.

Simulated online graduate recruitment programs, inside and alongside the curriculum

Sharing the design and initial implementation of USQ’s online graduate recruitment simulation.

The changing nature of career support in Higher Education

A panel discussion on the changes in HE careers services, delivered for the Careers Industry Council of Australia.


I have been working in higher education careers and employability since 2012. Prior to that, I was an English language and academic skills teacher for about six years. I’ve always enjoyed helping people express themselves through language.

As much as I enjoy my work now, my favourite job will always be looking after Browsers Quality Secondhand Books on the weekends and evenings during my undergraduate years.


Employability Coordinator

University of Southern Queensland

Mar 2018 – Present Toowoomba, QLD

Leading a team of employer engagement specialists to deliver a range of services and programs designed to enhance the employability, graduate outcomes, and entrepreneurial mindset of USQ students.

Collaborating with academics to incorporate careers and employability learning into the curricula of degree programs


Careers and Employability Educator

La Trobe University

Mar 2015 – Mar 2018 Melbourne, VIC

Developed a comprehensive career education curriculum in support of Career Ready Advantage, a major institution-wide employability initiative.

Collaborated with academics to incorporate careers and employability learning into the curricula of degree programs.


Career Development Consultant

RMIT University Vietnam

Jun 2012 – Mar 2015 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Wrote and led the publication of Explore, Experience, Engage, a workbook to support students’ careers and employability learning.

Led the development and delivery of Career Passport, a blended careers and employability learning program delivered to more than 200 students per trimester.


Academic English Educator

RMIT University Vietnam, Waikato University

Nov 2006 – Jun 2012 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hamilton New Zealand
Teaching English language, writing, and research skills in English for Academic Purposes programs.