Jane Jackson is a leading Career Management Coach, Author of #1 Amazon bestseller, Navigating Career Crossroads, Keynote Speaker and Host of ‘Your Career’ Podcast. 2x Telstra Business Women’s Award Nominee.
With experience in industries including travel, health & fitness, public relations, education and human resources in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London, Singapore and Sydney, Jane draws upon over 30 years of experience to help professionals to find that spark of joy in their careers – so they can follow their true passion and direction.
Over the past 20 years, through her private coaching practice and as an Executive Consultant with a world leading Global Outplacement Provider, Jane has successfully guided and coached over 8,000 clients to take control of their careers and build their personal brand to attract career opportunities – in person and online – helping them to leverage LinkedIn for their career success.
My 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.
I was a painfully shy child. When my British father, a Cambridge scholar, died when I was 11 he left my Hong Kong Chinese mother who was unable to finish high school due to her ill health as a child, and who spoke only Cantonese, to bring up my brother and me. We didn’t have a lot of money then, but Mum was a pillar of strength.
I went to Hong Kong Island School, however received little career guidance in my teens and early twenties and I made choices that would have been very different had Dad (the academic) been there to guide me.
Luckily I am a determined student, who worked very hard and as a result did well, and after graduating from University in Minnesota, my career took a fascinatingly eclectic path for 20 years. It’s been an interesting journey!
It All Makes Sense To Me Now
I married, had 2 beautiful daughters, moved country 4 times, went through a divorce, moved country again and as a consequence had to retrain, up-skill and reinvent my career a number of times. Hence, the eclectic career path that prepared me very well for my current role as a business owner, career management coach and transition specialist.
In my early career I worked in Public Relations as a PR Officer in Hong Kong and London – agency side (in HKG) and client side (with United Biscuits in the UK).
A few years later I 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’, and the book, ‘Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airlines Stewardesses‘, was a best seller. For fun I trained for, and completed, the New York and Manchester marathons (with a personal best of 3hr 39mins), and jumped out of 3 planes to get over my fear of heights – I’m sorry to say it didn’t work!
Fitness, Corporate Training & Branding
I qualified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and was selected to present Aqua Aerobics training to instructors at the Australian Fitness Network convention.
Winning the Silver Medal in the Nike Singapore National Aerobics Championship resulted in a Nike sponsorship, and I became a ‘Nike Elite‘ to promote Total Body Conditioning across the island nation. I loved teaching aerobics and enjoyed my largest audience of over 2,000 at the Singapore World Trade Centre.
I wanted to do more so re-entered the corporate world, launching my corporate training business, facilitating training workshops for companies including Credit Suisse First Boson, IBM and ABN Amro in Singapore.
As I’ve a keen interest in branding and professional image, I qualified as an Image Coach and gained valuable presentation skills and what my husband calls my ‘drama queen’ skills through numerous acting roles for the Singapore Stage Club.
My love of dance also saw me as a 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 the dances for, and perform in, the professional musical, ‘Chameleon’ about the dying days of Bugis Street. After months of hard work 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!
Finding my calling
At the age of 40, after a divorce, my 5th country move and career reinvention, supporting teenage daughters, my ageing mother and my cat, I had an ‘Aha!’ moment. I realised that my multiple transitions, background in public relations and corporate training combined with my entrepreneurial mindset, and a large dose of empathy, had prepared me well for the next phase in my career as a Career & Life Transition Coach.
My background, solid understanding across cultures with education in Hong Kong, the US and Asia Pacific, my unique perspective enables me to be a highly effective career and life coach.
The challenges and transitions I’ve experienced have inspired me to help you find your true passion and direction.
Author, Speaker, Podcast Host
Voted Top 20 Career Coach to follow in 2020 by TalentLMS, my mission now is to make careers guidance accessible and affordable to the world.
My book, #1 Amazon Australia best seller NAVIGATING CAREER CROSSROADS guides you every step to secure your next job.
Listen to YOUR CAREER podcast for my career advice and inspiring interviews with professionals who have made successful career changes.
And join my CAREERS ACADEMY membership site where you’ll have access highly affordable and comprehensive online career transition and development support to create the career you deserve, and access to monthly group coaching calls.