Dr Serene Lin-Stephens is the program manager of the postgraduate program of Career Education and Development at the School of Education at RMIT University.
Serene has worked in the teaching and practice of vocational rehabilitation and career development learning for over 20 years. She is a registered professional career development practitioner (RPCDP) a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and has facilitated the embedment of career development learning in over twenty university courses in Australia and Asia. She is also a lead auditor in quality management systems (ISO 19011:2018 & ISO 9001:2015).
Serene's recent teaching and research in career and vocational rehabilitation counselling highlight the health benefits of career development skills. She is experienced in quantitative (especially experimental) and qualitative studies on visual narrative interventions, employment-related anxiety, interview performance, career information literacy, STEM employability, and positive career outcomes.
Serene is President-Elect of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) and a supporter of CDAA, NAGCAS, STAR, ASORC and RCAA. She promotes interdisciplinary and cross-border collaboration. Some examples include projects in:
- Creating career glossaries in Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese (traditional and simplified);
- Developing career education teaching packages for rural, regional and remote schools, and
- Enhancing membership engagement of the international career professional communities.
- Career and vocational rehabilitation interventions
- Career development education design and research
- Practitioner and industry engagement
- Lead auditor quality management systems (ISO 19011:2018 & ISO 9001:2015)
- PhD Rehabilitation Counselling, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
- Lin-Stephens, S.,Manuguerra, M. (2023). Using visual stimuli in narrative career interventions: effects of image-supported storytelling on interview anxiety and performance In: International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, , 1 - 27
- Lin-Stephens, S.,Manuguerra, M.,Tsai, P.,Athanasou, J. (2022). Stories of employability: improving interview narratives with image-supported past-behaviour storytelling training In: Education and Training, 64, 577 - 597
- Lin-Stephens, S.,Manuguerra, M.,Bulbert, M. (2022). Seeing is relieving: effects of serious storytelling with images on interview performance anxiety In: Multimedia Tools and Applications, 81, 23399 - 23420
- Lin-Stephens, S. (2020). Visual stimuli in narrative-based interventions for adult anxiety: a systematic review In: Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 33, 281 - 298
- Lin-Stephens, S. (2020). An image-based narrative intervention to manage interview anxiety and performance In: Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 26, 3 - 6
- Lin-Stephens, S.,Kubicki, J.,Jones, F.,Whiting, M.,Uesi, J.,Bulbert, M. (2019). Building student employability through interdisciplinary collaboration: an Australian Case Study In: College and Undergraduate Libraries, 26, 234 - 251
- Lin-Stephens, S.,Uesi, J.,Doherty, J. (2015). Chinese returnees' conceptions of positive career outcomes after graduating from Australian universities – quantitative findings In: Australian Journal of Career Development, 24, 120 - 129