Medical Career Service
PLEASE NOTE: Career coaching and transition services will continue to be available for doctors navigating their way through this period of upheaval resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All services will now be delivered either online, via webinar (zoom), or by telephone. See below to make a booking. As your professional association, we aim to support you as much as we can professionally during this challenging time.
AMA Victoria offers a variety of services and career solutions for doctors at any stage of their career. These include:
- Medically specific career management solutions for individual doctors, health services or training organisations
- Active career coaching and supported career transition
- Solutions designed to support doctors across their entire career lifecycle – student to senior specialist
- "Retiring Well" coaching solutions – specialist support to assist senior doctors to plan their retirement
Our coaching services are available to AMA Victoria members & non-members.
Click one of the buttons below to learn more or book a consultation:
Book career coaching consultation (1 hour)
Book career call (financial members only)
Book professional coaching program 6-12 months
Book retirement support program
If you need more information about AMA Victoria’s Career Advisory Service, contact our consultants between 9am – 5pm, Tuesday - Thursday:
- (03) 9280 8722
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Mardi O’Keefe: Manager – Medical Career Service
Mardi O’Keefe is a career management and organisation development professional with 20 years of experience working in the corporate, government and health sectors. Her expertise is in supporting individuals to navigate and manage the professional challenges and opportunities that surface throughout their career. Mardi is experienced working with professionals at all stages of their career – from graduation to retirement - and supports doctors operating at all levels within a health service hierarchy. Mardi has a BSc (Psych) and a MAppSci (Organisation Dynamics) and is a member of Group Relations Australia. She is accredited to use a number of psychometric tools including Birkman International and the SHL suite of products.
Carolyn Speed: Senior Consultant – Medical Career Service
Carolyn Speed is a career management and legal professional with diverse expertise in both the private and public sector as consultant and a senior lawyer. Carolyn has a BA (psych) and Llb (hons). She has extensive knowledge of the medical profession, with particular insight into training pathways, career progression and health services gained through her work with health clients, as well as through her strong family and personal connections in medicine. Carolyn is an experienced manager, mentor, advisor and coach and is a valuable resource to AMA members commencing or navigating their career pathways.
"Mardi listened to me and thoroughly evaluated me and my situation. She provided me with information and options. She then discussed with me possible strategies I could use to reach my goals and supported me in implementing some of these strategies. I found her genuine, logical, well connected and reliable."
This doctor went on to implement a strategy and plan that saw them successfully pass exams that had been attempted and failed on two previous occasions
"The advice session I had with you was incredibly helpful in guiding my application process. Out of my 7 applications, I was offered 4 interviews, which I was pleasantly surprised with. I would have loved to have caught up with you to discuss the interview process."
This intern successfully secured BPT1 year at one of the big 4 Tertiary Hospitals
"Thank you for all your help & your sincere life advice for us junior doctors. I'm delighted to let you know I'll be an intern at Monash Health next year."
"I interviewed at the Austin, RMH and St Vincent's, and have been offered a job at the Austin next year, which was my first preference so am very pleased."
"I found my career advice very helpful, it was very useful to discuss my preferences - with your advice I applied for 6 preference as opposed to 8 so saved me some time, and the feedback for my cv encouraged me to include more detail. Working on my cover letters was also useful for preparing for the interview."
"I would like to thank Mardi for her help during my careers consultation. I am certain that her frank advice and guidance made a positive impact on my application experience. I would recommend that other students also invest in your consultation services to help guide the development of their own 'professional brand' and to ensure that they achieve the most from the time that they invest in job applications."
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help during intern applications. I have been lucky enough to be offered an internship at RMH. I am so excited. Anyway thanks for everything and I hope we can continue to have meetings with future career planning as I found your advice very helpful."
"It was great to meet you too and get such valuable advice. I have a much better idea now of what is relevant info and how to market myself (which is something I'm not that used to doing). Looking forward to our next catch up."
Final Year Student comments – Support with Internship application process
"I learned a lot from Mardi. We spent several sessions working on my approach when applying for hospital jobs, namely:
- We discussed what career opportunities were viable given my medical experience overseas
- What to say and how to communicate with HR managers
- How to make my cover letter and CV attractive to potential employers
- We focused on hospitals where I had a better chance of employment
- She taught me how to 'rebrand myself' in such a way that there is consistency and depth in the manner of how I communicated, wrote my emails and presented my CV and cover letter.
She would always stress that it takes tenacity, determination and genuine interest when applying for these hospital jobs. It is something all IMGs should take into consideration if they want to find work."
OTD HMO – Successful in obtaining a HMO role that was approved by AHPRA
Our collection of recent career conversations originally published in Vicdoc.