Jane Jackson, career coach & career development trainer

For over 20 years I’ve dedicated my career to helping professionals to create a life and career they love.

I’m a Career Management Coach, Author of #1 Amazon bestseller Navigating Career Crossroads (a finalist in The Australian Career Book Awards), and Linkedin Top Voice for Job Search and Careers. I was honoured to be awarded ‘Excellence in Practice’ by the Career Development Association of Australia 2021.

My focus is to help you create a career you’ll love by providing comprehensive career development and career transition support to empower you with career clarity and confidence so you can create the satisfying and rewarding career you deserve.

Fulfilling my mission to make career guidance accessible to all who need it, I’m delighted that my podcast, ‘Your Career Podcast‘, was named top 20 Career Podcast in 2020.

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Early Days

My early childhood could be called the halcyon days, growing up living in a lovely Colonial home with high ceilings, large patios, Mum, Dad, my brother, Tom, and my 2 cats at the Hong Kong University.

However, most of us experience some ‘tough stuff’ in our lives and I have too. 

When my British father, a Cambridge scholar, died when I was 11 he left my Hong Kong Chinese mother who spoke only Cantonese, to bring up my brother and me. We didn’t have a lot of money then, but Mum was a loving pillar of strength.

I went to Glenealy Junior, then Hong Kong Island School and university in Minnesota, USA, however received little career guidance in my teens and early twenties. I made instinctive choices that would have been very different had Dad (the academic) been there to guide me.

It All Makes Sense To Me Now

I married, had 2 beautiful daughters, moved country 5 times, went through a divorce, and as a consequence, had to retrain, up-skill and reinvent my career a number of times.  These experiences prepared me very well to become a career management coach and transition specialist.

In my early career, I worked in Public Relations as a PR Officer in Hong Kong and PR Executive in London with United Biscuits plc.

I also took to the skies for a change in scenery, providing service with a smile around the world for Korean Airlines and British Airways when flight attendants were called ‘Hosties’.  

A fitness buff, I completed the New York and Manchester marathons and jumped out of 3 planes to get over my fear of heights – I still feel butterflies when near a cliff edge, so that’s something I’m still working on! 

Fitness, Corporate Training & Branding

I moved to Singapore and following my passion for fitness and health, I qualified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and won the Silver Medal in the Nike Singapore National Aerobics Championship Teams Division. This resulted in a Nike sponsorship, and I became a ‘Nike Elite‘ to promote Total Body Conditioning across the island nation and also to audiences up to 2,000 at the Singapore World Trade Centre.

Re-entering the corporate world, I launched my corporate training business, facilitating training workshops for companies including Credit Suisse First Boson, IBM and ABN Amro in Singapore.

I also qualified as an Image Consultant and gained valuable presentation skills [what my husband calls my ‘drama queen’ skills] through numerous acting roles for the Singapore Stage Club.

Dancing Days

My love of dance helped me to land a part-time role as back-up dancer for Tina & The Turners, a review dance troupe entertaining crowds of between 200 – 500 at numerous corporate events in Singapore.

I was invited to choreograph and perform in the professional musical, ‘Chameleon’.

We débuted at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Singapore and received standing ovations every night, but scathing reviews by the critics! Watch this tiny snippet of me leading my boys and girls during the finale in Chameleon – those were fun days but then my life changed forever …

Becoming a Career Coach

At the age of 40, I went through a divorce which necessitated my 5th country move and career reinvention.  With 2 teenage daughters, my ageing mother and my beloved cat, I had to rebuild our lives. Luckily, successfully.

Then there was an ‘Aha!’ moment.  I realised that my multiple transitions, background in public relations and corporate training and a large dose of empathy, had prepared me well to be a Career & Life Transition Coach.

I joined a global outplacement firm, qualified as a career management coach and I felt I had ‘come home’.  I now run my global coaching practice from Sydney.

For over 20 years I’ve coached my clients to reinvent their careers, deliver corporate career development training workshops across the world.

I founded my CAREER SUCCESS PROGRAM to fulfil my mission to make career coaching accessible and affordable to all who need it.

Whether you need 1-on-1 career coaching and bespoke approach, or group coaching, online courses and career webinars through my Career Success Program, I am dedicated to helping you find your true passion and direction so you can create the career you deserve.