About our tutors

About The Career Academy

We are a leading online course educator provider

The Career Academy is an award winning company specialising in high quality, industry recognised online courses. We have successful operations in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Over 20,000 students study with us every year and we are 100% committed to helping them succeed in their career.


Our education driven team of developers and tutors are committed to providing exceptional online courses and personal tutor support. We offer a range of employer recognised courses as well as specialist courses to improve job performance. Our focus is on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards. Our accounting tutors are either qualified in Xero or experienced Chartered Accountants and members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.

The Career Academy’s course delivery is flexible, so our students can study with minimal disruption to their daily life. We offer flexible payment plans so anyone wanting to learn has the opportunity no matter their circumstances.

David Parasol, Director

David-ParasolDavid Parasol is the managing director of CT Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. Before establishing CT Solutions Australia, David spent over 12 years in Public Practice, starting his accounting career in 1994 with a small firm where he became an Associate in 1999. When working with The Career Academy he is one of our Senior Tutors & an Accounting Software Expert,

David has extensive experience in taxation, accounting and business services and is a Director and Shareholder of The Career Academy PTY Ltd. He is also a highly accredited and experienced CA mentor and accounting software trainer.

Jessie Nankivell, Global Academic Manager

Jessie is a Chartered Accountant and one of life’s natural engineers. If something’s broken, she’ll fix it. This strong personality trait was well-honed during her time with Xero, and now she’s always looking for ways to improve processes for staff and students alike*. This not only helps people understand their learning concepts and have a positive experience with their studies, but provides Jessie with tremendous job satisfaction.

Her best piece of advice to anyone considering a course with The Career Academy? “That’s a great idea! Online learning means you can work at your own pace around work and life commitments. Our tutors are genuinely here to help; if you need a hand, all you have to do is ask.”

*(She’s also not averse to dismantling her own washing machine to find and fix a problem!)

Kavya Raj – Psychology Tutor

Kavya-RajKavya is a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) graduate with experience working at a psychiatric hospital and various neuroscience research laboratories at Monash University and Alfred Health.

She is extremely passionate about mental health and well-being and is currently researching mindfulness-based cognitive therapies for treating disorders such as depression and addiction. Kavya plans to pursue a PhD within the next year to continue her work and pursue a career in academia and teaching at University.

By tutoring at The Career Academy, she hopes to share her love of psychology and inspire others to advocate for mental health within the community. She strongly believes that through our courses and training, her students will be empowered to make positive contributions to the psychological well-being of those around them, both professionally and personally.

Kavya is also an avid baker and loves discussing – perhaps too often – the properties of perfect swiss meringue buttercream. When not busy baking cakes, she is most likely brunching at one of Melbourne’s countless cafés.

Alexandra – Student Advisor

AlexandraAlexandra is originally from the UK but fell in love with Melbourne, Australia the moment she touched down.

She is a qualified teacher and has been for the past 5 years. Alexandra says she loved inspiring her students to be motivated by learning. Her biggest achievement to date was a teaching placement in West Africa, she was able to see firsthand how important education is to people all over the world.

The beauty of working with The Career Academy is the fact she can use all of her previous skills in an innovative and industry-current way, which she says has been her most fulfilling role whilst in Australia so far.

“I am really excited and looking forward to assisting my students in the correct courses so they can flourish into whatever they aspire to be, life has no boundaries”.

Alexandra loves life quotes and says this is one of her favourites: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself“.

Eddie Callahan – Accounting Tutor

Eddie-CallahanEddie is an aspiring accountant who recently finished his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Throughout university and more recently he has worked in several fields including the trades, factories and retail banking. Tutoring for The Career Academy allows Eddie to not only upskill his own knowledge but to also give back in a rewarding role and help others gain a better knowledge of the commercial world.

Coming from a small town in Wellington called Porirua he was the Head boy of his High school, nominated by his peers to help lead and guide them. He is a keen surfer and rugby player with a passion for fitness. Currently living in Melbourne, Eddie enjoys the big city life along with the amazing food and its diverse multicultural atmosphere. Given Eddie’s sociable nature, a perk of working for The Career Academy in a tutor role is that it allows Eddie to interact with students every day who are passionate and willing to learn.

Ridge Selvaraj – Accounting Tutor

Ridge works as a tutor at The Career Academy, with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He intends to use his Degree and experience as a previous bookkeeper to help and assist students achieve a career in accounting.

Previously, working as a tutor for his university. Ridge brings a depth of knowledge and skills that are available to students. Ridge is passionate about education, art and helping people reach their goals.

Ridge loves The Career Academy’s vision to make education easy, accessible and at the same time to provide quality education to students.

Jimmy – Accounting & Bookkeeping Tutor

Jimmy has worked in a variety of different fields including research, teaching, engineering and has even worked overseas in Shanghai. In order to challenge himself, Jimmy completed his Graduate Diploma in Accounting and has worked for a global accounting firm where he has advised clients on their financials, along with performing other bookkeeping duties. Jimmy uses his knowledge and skills to help accounting and bookkeeping students succeed.

Jess Reid – Psychology and Counselling Tutor

Jessica has obtained a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) with First Class Honours (Psychology) at Monash University. Her research year was spent investigating what impact a food addiction explanation of obesity may have on internal/external stigma, self-efficacy, and support for obesity-reducing policies.
In collaboration with some of Australia’s top researchers in ‘food addiction’, she has recently published a review article on the relationship between food addiction and stigma.
Jessica has chosen to pursue a career in psychology as she loves to empower others. This is also what she loves most about working for The Career Academy, reporting that seeing students gain both confidence and ability is the best part of the job.
She also regularly volunteers her time to mentor a young child with cerebral palsy and provide respite to his family. On the weekends Jessica loves discovering new places, whether it be some coastal town 2 hours away or just a new local brunch spot.

Louise Cox – Hospitality and Administration Tutor

Louise has an extensive background in the hospitality and tourism sector, studying with the Victorian Bar School and gaining experience in busy cafes and established restaurants around Melbourne. In addition, Louise is also a justice graduate, with an Advanced Diploma of Justice with the Royal Melbourne of Institute of Technology. Louise utilised her comprehensive knowledge of key social and cultural issues, as well as her passion for education and hospitality, when working with The Salvation Army’s fair-trade community centre, Hamodava Cafe. Combined with a passion for travel and tourism, Louise recently worked alongside a women’s empowerment organisation in Chiang Rai, Thailand where she managed a social enterprise café, training baristas and teaching English as a second language to employees.
She has personally upskilled in Event Management, Wedding Planning and Business Administration with The Career Academy and is enthusiastic in growing her skills and knowledge to enhance students’ learning experience. Through tutoring at The Career Academy, Louise hopes to provide students with the opportunities and knowledge to confidently enter and upskill in an ever-growing industry.

Becky Caulfield – Administration Tutor

Becky comes from a small town in Ireland and has been travelling the world for the past three years. Her passion for travel brought her to Australia, where she fell in love with the country.
Studying at Dublin Institute of Technology, Becky undertook a University Degree in Creative and Cultural Industries, which has given her the knowledge and ability to tutor many of the courses that The Career Academy provides. She is passionate about providing the best educational experience for each and every one of our students.
She has diverse background in Administration and Human Resource Management, with expertise ranging from the legal processes of contract preparation, to applicant screening and reference evaluation. She also has extensive Hospitality knowledge, with over 5 years’ experience working in this fast-paced industry. This experience has developed her customer service skills over time, which assists her with building a strong rapport with her students.
Becky finds tutoring for The Career Academy to be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. She loves being part of an organisation that opens doors for students and sets them on a career path that they never would have thought possible!

Nicole Pilkington – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

Nicole has over 25 years experience working as a Veterinary Nurse. She has worked in various Veterinary clinics, Emergency hospitals where at one of them she held a practice management role. Nicole has trained and mentored many people that have been interested in a career in the Veterinary nursing and Animal care Industry. Training, behaviour of puppies is something that she has a lot of experience with. She has a passion for animals and teaching. Being able to share this with others is what she enjoys the most.

Rachel Partridge – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in the animal industry. She has owned her own grooming and training business and worked in a number of veterinary clinics throughout Melbourne. She has trained and been a mentor for many people who wished to learn to become professional dog groomers. Rachel is all about positive handling techniques and loves to see people succeed and follow their passion for working with animals.

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