Katie Roberts is a Career Expert with over 10 years' experience in the career counselling industry. She started her own career consultancy in 2002, and since then, she and her team have provided consulting services for over 10,000 individuals and organisations. She has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology & Management) from the University of Wollongong and spent part of her degree studying at Indiana University in the United States on a scholarship program. Upon graduating, Katie moved to London where she worked as a Recruitment Consultant for TMP Worldwide (now know as Hudson), one of the world's largest recruitment agencies. She is an accredited MBTI Practitioner and a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia.
- Director of a national career consultancy employing 20 consultants across Australia;
- Author of the Career Interests Profiler and Career Personality Profiler;
- Cleo Magazine’s Resident Career Adviser;
- Appeared on National Nine News, A Current Affair and New Idea TV; and
- Featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Age, CareerOne, Ninemsn, Cleo, Madison, Marie Claire, Women's Health, Dolly, Girlfriend and Real Living Magazine.
"When I was seven I wanted to be a pharmacist because I liked the colour of the carpet in the local chemist. At thirteen, I changed my mind and decided I wanted to be a chiropractor because my mother told me they earned a lot of money.
After completing Year 12, I enrolled in a combined Commerce/Law degree. During my first year at university, I became increasingly disillusioned and started to question the reasons behind my career choice. Money and prestige appeared to be the main motivators, while my true interests were never taken into account.
Many people have preconceived ideas of the career path they wish to take. Often, they enrol in a TAFE or university course for the wrong reasons and become discontented, changing courses after six or twelve months. In order to make an informed decision, it is important people understand the career choices that are available to them and the future opportunities to which these may lead.
Career counselling is designed to assist individuals to make the right career choice. By assessing their interests, values and personality, Career Counsellors aim to determine the careers and courses in which a person would be happiest.
After completing a career assessment, I came to terms with the fact that I would never become a lawyer. Instead, I discovered that psychology was the field in which I was truly interested. Subsequently, I enrolled in a science degree, during which time, I had the opportunity to study at Indiana University in the United States on a scholarship program.
Upon graduating, I travelled to London and worked as a Consultant for Hudson, one of the world’s largest recruitment agencies. It was during this time that I developed an interest in career counselling.
Thankfully, I discovered a career that I find interesting and rewarding, and at the same time, can provide guidance to individuals who are in the difficult situation of choosing a suitable occupation. Had I completed a career assessment earlier, I may have saved myself $8000 in university fees and many weekends spent writing essays on contract law.”
Katie Roberts Career Consulting
B Sc. (Psych & Mgmt), MBTI, CDAA