Michael Healy

Careers and employability learning expert

I am the National Manager, Career Education for myfuture.edu.au, Australia’s national career education platform. Prior to this role I led the career development training programs from careerED Academy. I have also been a careers and employability educator at several universities, leading the development of a range of services and programs in and alongside the curriculum and contributing to the development of institution-wide career, employability, and work-integrated learning strategies and frameworks. I am recognised as a leader in the field of career development and employability.

I hold a PhD in careers and employability learning and my research has been published in leading international journals and edited collections.


  • Careers and employability learning
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Career development professional practice
  • Narrative and dialogical career identity


  • PhD, careers and employability learning

    University of Southern Queensland

  • Grad. Cert. Career Development and Education, 2015

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

  • Grad. Cert. Education, 2014

    Massey University

  • B.A. Hons, History, 2006

    University of Waikato


Pre-print pdfs available on request

Careers and employability learning: Pedagogical principles for higher education

Increasingly, universities prioritise employability as a primary purpose of personal and public investment into higher education and …

LinkedIn as a pedagogical tool for careers and employability learning: a scoping review of the literature.

Purpose – Professional networks are conduits for career insight, vehicles for career exploration and incubators of professional …

Graduate employability as a professional proto-jurisdiction in higher education.

Much research into how universities seek to support their students’ graduate employability has focused on academic strategies such as …

Microcredential learners need quality careers and employability support

Providers, industry, and governments have embraced microcredentialing as a solution to the volatility and velocity of changes in labour …

Career Assessment

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

Presentations and webinars

Is there Strength in our Diversity? panel discussion

Panel discussion for the International Network of Employers and University Careers Services.

Careers and Employability Learning in Higher Education: Pedagogical Principles and Process

Research presentation delivered in collaboration with Dr. Jason Brown.

International practitioner research panel

My experience of PhD research in career development practice.

UQ Employability Symposium, plenary panel

A panel discussion for the University of Queensland faculty of Business, Economics, and Law.

Employability: What, when, where, how and for whom?

A panel discussion for the Needed Now in Higher Education online symposium.


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.


National Manager, Career Education

myfuture, Education Services Australia

Jul 2023 – Present Toowoomba, QLD
Subject matter expert for myfuture.edu.au and leader of professional development and community of practice for career development educators.

Head of Professional Development Solutions

careerED Academy

Sep 2021 – May 2023 Toowoomba, QLD
Leading the design and delivery of a range of qualifications and professional development programs for career development practitioners.

Employability Coordinator

University of Southern Queensland

Mar 2018 – Sep 2021 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.