Career Stepping Stones - Career Counselling in Melbourne & online

About Us - Career Stepping Stones - Career Counselling

Director and Principal Consultant, Louise Millar-Hoffmann
Louise Millar-Hoffmann has a 20 year career that initially began with qualifying as a Civil Engineer and subsequently gaining professional experience in the engineering sector.  
After this initial consolidation phase, Louise made a firm decision to take her career into new directions that involved a people focus. This has included training and development, community education and voluntary community service with a particular interest in assisting people in their personal, employment and career related development. Louise completed post graduate studies in career development in 2002 and together with many work and life experiences is committed to helping others to achieve satisfying career and training development outcomes.
Louise is passionate about careers work and has been a committed and active of the Career Development Association of Australia since 2002 and is currently Conference Convenor for the Association's 2009 Conference. In 2007 Louise was recognised with Fellow membership of CDAA.

Careers & Training: 
  • Graduate Diploma of Careers Education & Development (RMIT, 2002)
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training (TFIA Business Services, 2003
  •  Masters of Environmental Advocacy (UNE, 2016)
  • Graduate Certificate of Water Engineering (Victoria University, 1993)
  • Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (GIAE, 1988)
Professional Memberships:
  Fellow, Career Development Association of Australia, CDAA (formerly Australian Association of Career Counsellors)  
  • 2007-2009 CDAA 2009 National Conference Convenor
  • 2006/7 National Communications/Sponsorship Officer, AACC National
  • 2006 Office Bearer (Secretary) & Yellow Pages Co-ordinator, Vic. Division
  • 2004/5 Ordinary Committee Member / Co-Editor, Vic. Division
  • 2003/4 Yellow Pages Co-ordinator, Vic. Division
  • 2003 Ordinary Committee Member, Vic. Division
  • 2002 – 2004 Task force member, and program participant, of the Pilot Mentor Program, Vic. Division
"You may be a professional in your field, however when it comes to your career plan you shouldn't think twice about taking some professional yourself.
Louise Millar-Hoffman offered me an extensive and personalised career plan after an in depth assessment and thoughtful inquiry.
The investment can't be under-estimated when you find yourself three months down the track in a role you hadn't considered  before, but one that ticks all the boxes you couldn't put your finger on when you could only communicate how dissatisfied you were with your last position.  
I highly recommend Louise and her approach and will have her to thank for guiding me to the tools required to plan the next however many phases of my future work/life career."
Sylvie - Individual Client assisted over 3 sessions late 2009 (Testimonial written February 2010).

"It was a pleasure to work with Louise Millar-Hoffmann in Melbourne who is a highly professional, passionate and approachable person.  As conference convenor of the 2009 Career Development Association of Australia Annual Conference, Louise had the vision and organisational skills to manage an innovative conference that pushed the boundaries in many different ways.  She also dealt with a variety of set-backs and alterations to the program with aplomb, indeed when faced with a significant late withdrawal from the program, she turned adversity into triumph by securing the services of an Australian icon as a replacement who proved to be one of the biggest hits of the conference.  As an experienced Career Development professional I can recommend Louise as someone who delivers consistently at a high level, and can work exceptionally well under pressure."
Prof Jim Bright - Australian Catholic University/Bright and Associates (April 2009)

"Louise Millar-Hoffmann is a highly skilled and capable professional who makes a wonderful contribution to Australia’s largest professional association of career practitioners – AACC - as both National Communications Officer and Secretary of the Victorian Division. Louise is an experienced practitioner who has a very strong understanding of career development and the positive impact it brings to people’s lives.”Carole Brown, (the then) National Vice-President, Australian Association of Career Counsellors - June 2007 - now National President, Career Development Association of Australia

An another from an individual client assisted over 3 sessions in 2007"Hi Louise,Just thought I would let you know how its all going since the careers counselling some months ago.I have just completed a few months of work experience in an events company. I was able to express my creativity by organising the merchandise, setting up events, seating and poster displays, arranging venues and writing responses to tenders and inserts for programs.I am still working full time, but my boss is being flexible with time off for study and other work which is terrific. I am well into my post graduate studies and get along really well with the other students and the lecturers. The head of the school has a lot of contacts in the arts industry and has offered her help to me in finding employment. I have never enjoyed study so much because I am so interested in the course. I’m doing assignments at the moment, but plan to move onto voluntary work at Heide in October which I have arranged for every second Saturday. I am also learning the piano, and had a new piano delivered on Saturday. In short everything is going very well and slowly building into new directions. I have recommended you to a couple of friends, mainly because I think doing what you love brings success, not all those ridiculous tests that other career advisors suggest.Hope all is well & thanks for helping me in my journey."Leonie W (Eltham) August 2007