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Services that Career Coaching and Training bring to you

Mentoring and Development

The online professional Mentoring and Development training program will support your career development and meet your challenges to direct you to attain your career goals. 

The course modules will enable you to develop your interpersonal ‘soft’ skills for life and work.  It will enable you to effectively deal with specific workplace situations to manage your time, resolve conflict and manage stress to enhance your employability to meet the needs of employers.

Benefits of mentoring

  • Address and overcome issues and challenges that impact on your career and wellbeing
  • Develop strengths and overcome weakness, develop new skills and knowledge to attain career goals
  • Guidance on personal and professional development and career advancement
  • Increase self-confidence and improved work performance through valuable feedback or suggestions
  • Enhance self-awareness which facilitates self-learning, professionalism and high-level performance
  • Gain insight into new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Empower the Mentee to develop and take better control of his or her career

Career Counselling and Coaching

Find your ideal job, or progress in your career whether you are starting your career, re-entering the workforce, have lost your job, planning for a new career or job, or seeking a promotion.

We will work with you to:

  • Develop goals and design an action plan to achieve your goals
  • Overcome obstacles with practical strategies
  • Gain fresh perspectives
  • Develop new skills and habits
  • Increase your confidence
  • Feel positive and fulfilled in your career and life

We will support your job application with:

  • Resume check
  • Cover letter check
  • LinkedIn profile check
  • Selection criteria check
  • Interview preparation and practice

Job Seeking Skills Training for Career Success

To help you find your next job, we have written job seeking programs to provide the ‘how to’ with your applications. 

Select the package that suits you.

  • Single package that includes your choice of one resume review or 20-minute interview preparation, or 
  • Complete package that includes a resume check and 20-minute interview preparation.

Job Seeking Skills training topics include:

  • Goal planning – plan to succeed
  • Writing your cover letter – an accompany to your resume
  • Resume writing – your self- marketing tool
  • Interview skills – create a positive first impression

Retirement Coaching

As individuals are living longer, your retirement may stretch 20, 25 or 30 years.

Achieving a successful retirement requires both financial and lifestyle planning to find purpose and satisfaction.  Retirement coaching will support you to make the transition to a meaningful retirement.


How we will work with you

Counselling Coaching

We offer one hour career counselling/coaching sessions that are face-to-face or online.  We will work with you to understand you, your goals, vision, issues and barriers.  In collaboration with you, we will design an action plan to assist you to meet your goals.  

We apply a range of methodologies to work with you. These include:

  • Questionnaires that scientifically define your profile. A report provides you with results and analysis.
  • Personal insight questions that will frame issues to bring insight to your situation.
  • Creative methodologies that include:
    • Mind mapping
    • Visualisation
    • Positive affirmations
    • Artistic methodologies


When facilitating training programs face-to-face or online, Career Coaching and Training combine theory with interactive activities that draws  on your experiences, to apply your learning to the workplace and to your life.

We apply learning techniques to cater to a range of learning styles, participant needs and energy levels.  

We bring our professionalism, enthusiasm, experience and sense of fun to all our training sessions.

Our interactive approach ensures that you find the training program a meaningful and enjoyable experience.



Leah Shmerling is the Director and Principal Consultant of Career Coaching and Training, and is a Certified Retirement Coach.  She is passionate about education, training and career development.  With numerous higher level and vocational qualifications, and over thirty years’ experience in career development, education and training, she brings professionalism and depth of understanding to mentoring and professional development, career counselling and coaching, job seeking and retirement coaching. 

Since commencing employment, Leah has undertaken work in complementary areas that includes:  corporate training, teaching in tertiary sector and vocational training, and career counselling/coaching clients from a range of backgrounds and levels. 

Leah is a Workshop Leader for Small Business Victoria, facilitating programs across Victoria.  For many years, she has facilitated training programs for professional associations that include:  the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), CPA, the Australian Retailers Association of Victoria, and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).  

Leah is the developer, writer and producer of a range of online short courses noted below.  The courses contain theory, and a broad range of reflective and interactive activities to meet a range of learning styles to enhance professional and personal development.  Training programs include:

Foundations in Career Development Practice (incorporating CHCSS00005 Career Development Practice Skill Set) provides a career development framework and ethical standards to complement the professional practice of those who work or seek to work in careers, employment, education and training services, and human resources.

Mentoring and development to support the professional practice of those who are seeking to unlock their potential for higher level performance.  The process enhances professional learning and insight to reach a higher level of understanding as a process of continuous improvement.

Mindfulness for Work and Life assists individuals to focus their mind on the present moment to cope with stress and emotions, connect with others, and enhance mental wellbeing to increase satisfaction at work and in one’s personal life.

Retirement Planning:  Flourishing in Retirement supports the transition from work to the next phase of life so that it is purposeful and satisfying.

Win-Win Negotiation is based on the principles of collaborative negotiation to become more effective in influencing others to attain win/win outcomes.

With a strong writing background, Leah is a published author with Macmillan Education Australia of two books titled: Job Applications: The Winning Edge 1993, which sold nationally and overseas, with a second edition published in 1998, and Communication In The Workplace, 1996, using a competency based approach for the TAFE and professional market.

For many years, Leah has worked as a freelance journalist and has written for The Age – Education, Employment and Business, and is a former columnist and freelance writer with the Herald Sun – Learn.  Leah has also written professional and business publications.  Currently, Leah is a Published Writer on LinkedIn, and online professional publications. 

Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, a number of Diploma qualifications in Vocational Educational Training, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.

Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA).  She has international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification. Leah is a Certified Retirement Coach with Retirement Options.


Training Testimonials

Alexandra Tsiligiannis
Alexandra Tsiligiannis

Coaching Student

Thank you for being such an engaging, dedicated and caring teacher. You made our weekly studies fun and informative, and I learnt so much. All the best and hope to cross paths again.

Norma Soulis
Norma Soulis

Coaching Trainee

Leah you are an awesome facilitator and a fabulous educator. I feel we all progressed so much over the 12 weeks, not only in knowledge but also in confidence. I wish all ACAP blended delivery classes could be conducted like this because you broke down the content for us and you were available to us to ask any questions we had about the content or our assessments.

Thoroughly enjoyed this unit Leah. Thank you

Gregory Barwell
Gregory Barwell

Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional (Student, School of Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology)

Just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts in creating a great class!

I enjoyed the topic and appreciated all your efforts – especially the workshop and essay feedback!

Sharon Mitts
Sharon Mitts

Life Coaching student

Thank you so much for teaching us.  It has been an excellent experience for me and has increased my understanding ten-fold.  You are an amazing teacher and I’ve always enjoyed your enthusiasm.

Jodee Clover
Jodee Clover


Thank you for the most amazingly wonderful introduction into the Bachelor of counselling. I enjoyed every class and reflected so in your units feedback.

As I mentioned to you in class, I was in awe of your knowledge.

Kellie King
Kellie King

INTG Health & Wellness, Professional Resilience, Career Counsellor, Psych/ Life Coach

I want to express my appreciation for your brilliant training. I am thrilled with the experience you provided and the level of practical work and theory. Thank you so much, you brought theories to life…All the training that you do has been deeply rewarding.  I’ve grown in unexpected ways not just personally but professionally in each. Your enthusiasm is infectious and highly appreciated.

Rosina Mihajlovi
Rosina Mihajlovi

Class Teacher at Cape Byron Steiner School

Dear Leah, Firstly, thank you for this course which I found excellent and which exceeded all my visions of what it would be like.

Laura Hewson
Laura Hewson

Team Leader, Melbourne Real Estate Pty Ltd

Thank you so much for coming and training us in Conflict Resolution. The team got so much out of it, and still talk about tools they use.

Gina Liu
Gina Liu

Senior Pathway Advisor

Thanks Leah for having provided fantastic training. I did enjoy the course and learnt a lot.

I am interested in continuing my study in this direction so I will think about taking up further study in Graduate Diploma.

James Alexander
James Alexander

Account Manager

Thanks again for your patience and support throughout the duration of the course. I couldn’t have completed without your support and assistance.

Judith Ayre
Judith Ayre

Senior Lecturer & School of Counselling Academic Head

Leah, this is awesome, something to be really proud of. I am so glad you are here but more than that, that you are offering yourself and your expertise to the world. The world is clearly a better place for your presence. Thanks again for everything.

Janette Brien
Janette Brien

Rehabilitation Consultant

I would like to thank you for supporting me through your extensive supply of resources and experience in successfully completing the Foundations in Career Development Practice, CHCSS00005 Career Development Skills Set.

The facilitated delivery included a blend of monthly webinars, on-line resources and relevant workplace assignment tasks that have built my confidence to coach my clients toward achieving their desired goals.

Your feedback of my work was invaluable as it taught me to work smarter, more efficiently, providing me with more effective results and happier clients.

So, thank you very much for all your input over last 7 months!

Jack L. Harris
Jack L. Harris

Prof Emeritus

With Leah’s enthusiastic approach I was motivated to examine much more than the basic requirements of the course. Her depth of knowledge in this arena not only surprised me but empowered me to pursue all aspects of it to ensure I had a really good understanding of what it entailed. Leah had presented the course in a professional yet warm and personal way and which allowed her students to become closely acquainted with the subject. Her passion for helping others is highly evident and via this avenue she is able to encourage others to be the change they want to see in themselves and in the world around them.

Richard Fowler
Richard Fowler

Student, Foundations in Career Development Practice

I have been able to demonstrate many of the elements of the course immediately, and see the results in provoking the right conversations, as well as providing areas of focus that aid in alleviating tensions, and pointing toward solutions. Leah has pitched the course to comprehensively cover pertinent topics with her own flair, in a manner befitting high quality professional development. I would recommend it wherever applicable.


Hospitality and Retail

‘The courses are good. I enjoy studying online in my home. It is easier and preferable to going to university. Staff are supportive, assisting me to succeed.’



‘Leah is a wealth of information and useful in terms of teaching content. It has been vital to how we learn and apply the skills.’

Nikki McCartney
Nikki McCartney

Management Consultant

“I’m blown away! This is fabulous! The Foundations unit I looked at has so many great educational principles built in and all using that digital world so well.”

Counselling Testimonials



‘Leah, you have assisted me to broaden my career options beyond what I was considering.’



‘A real insight, I can see how far behind I was – beautiful!’



‘Leah, you have been absolutely invaluable today. Worth more than your weight in gold.’