Mishelle Burton is UWA's Careers Adviser, tasked with the enormous job of providing professional, personalised career advice to our entire student community.
She loves the reward that comes with her role, which is seeing firsthand the results of her advice and the impact it has on the lives of our students. She plays an integral part in helping students to reach their full potential and achieve their career-related goals.
Mishelle is a lover of arts and crafts, walks along the beach or in the bush, camping and gardening. She's of Aboriginal descent and her family is located in the Kalkadoon region of Mount Isa in Western Queensland. She, however, grew up on the mid-north coast of New South Wales and has lived in Perth for over 30 years.
Mishelle started her career in primary school teaching after studying Education as a mature aged student. She then spent a number of years working in learning and development as a consultant and within the training departments of a variety of organisations across the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
After receiving her Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice, Mishelle joined the team in the Careers Centre at UWA and says she really loves the people she works with.
“They’re a creative ‘can-do’ team who are always ready to chip in and collaborate on work and ideas.
"The Careers Centre helps students to get on the right path for their future careers from their very first year of study. Alongside personalised career advice through one-on-one appointments, we run workshops and events to help boost students’ career readiness and connect them with employers.
"Students can visit the Careers Centre to get a professional LinkedIn photo taken or to even hire a suit for a graduate job interview," she says.
The team also manage a jobs board just for UWA students that advertises everything from internships and vacation work to part-time roles and graduate programs.
With the assistance of the Careers Centre, by the time students graduate they can arrive in the workplace ready with an impressive resume and LinkedIn profile, strong interview skills and the ability to clearly communicate their skills and attributes with potential employers.