Career Management Coach | Speaker | Author
Who am I?
With experience in industries including travel, health & fitness, public relations, education and human resources in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London, Singapore and Sydney I’m able to draw upon over 30 years of experience and relate to professionals experiencing a career crisis, graduates entering the workforce for the first time and mums returning to work after a career break.
Over the past 15 years, I’ve successfully guided and coached over 1,000 clients to take charge of their careers. Whether I am working one-on-one with individual clients or conducting presentations to large corporate groups, as a qualified career coach, image and branding coach and corporate trainer, what I enjoy most is being the catalyst to provide that little spark of inspiration that will lead you to greater satisfaction and happiness wherever you work.
My mission is to reach everyone who needs guidance and to that end I offer support in many ways through my Careers Podcast, Jane Jackson Careers, through my published articles in the Huffington Post, Michael Page Australia, Talented Ladies Club and Smallville.
Why Do I Do It?
I’ve gone through the ‘tough stuff’ too. I’m from an Western and Asian background, grew up in Hong Kong and have lived and worked in San Francisco, London, Singapore and Sydney.
My British father, a Cambridge scholar, died when I was 11 and my Hong Kong Chinese mother who was unable to finish high school due to her ill health as a child, spoke only Cantonese. Although I went to a British International School I had little career guidance in my teens and early twenties and I made choices that were not always wise. Luckily I am a determined student and after graduating from University in Minnesota, for the next 20 years my career took an eclectic path and it’s been an interesting ride.
Early Days & The Journey
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. I worked in Public Relations as a PR Officer in Hong Kong and London – agency side (in HKG) and client side (with United Biscuits plc in the UK).
When I was given my own column in the United Biscuits company newspaper I honed my writing skills, initially writing fluffy articles about Jaffa Cakes and lipstick and then, feeling bored, ventured on to controversial subjects which generated a fair amount of hate mail. I was subsequently ordered to stick to fluffy subjects.
Taking to the skies, I provided 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 completed the New York and Manchester marathons (I was happy with my personal best of 3hr 39mins), and jumped out of 3 planes to get over my fear of heights – it didn’t work!
Gaining a qualification as a Montessori teacher in Singapore, I discovered I was better at training the teachers than the children. I also qualified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and was selected to present Aqua Aerobics training to instructors at one of the Australian Fitness Network conventions.
I then became a ‘Nike Elite‘ after winning the Silver Medal in the Nike Singapore National Aerobics Championship and was sponsored by Nike to promote Total Body Conditioning across the island nation. An exciting assignment was to teach aerobics to a crowd of over 2,000 in the Singapore World Trade Centre.
Setting up my personal fitness training business, “The Body Mechanic” I wanted to do more and launched my corporate training business, facilitating training workshops for companies including Credit Suisse First Boson, IBM and ABN Amro.
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 pantomime 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 dreadful reviews despite receiving standing ovations every night. Here’s a tiny snippet of me leading my boys and girls during the finale in Chameleon.
Finding my Calling
At the age of 40, a series of personal events took over and after a lot of soul searching during my divorce, I had an ‘Aha!’ moment and realised my background in public relations and corporate training combined with my entrepreneurial mindset, creative streak, communication & presentation skills plus a large dose of empathy had prepared me well for the next phase in my career as a Career & Life Transition Coach.
Yes, it’s been an eclectic journey and it’s contributed to the rich tapestry of life.
Leveraging my corporate and entrepreneurial background, solid understanding across cultures and education in Hong Kong, the US and Asia Pacific, I’ve a unique perspective which makes me a highly effective career and life coach.
As a working mother with two beautiful daughters (both received copious amounts of career coaching), now in their twenties and pursuing successful and rewarding careers, I’m also aware of the high level of clarity, organisation and motivation required to ensure all aspects of our lives are in harmony.
I’m so grateful for all the challenges and transitions I’ve been through as I’ve the desire and have developed the essential skills and knowledge required to make a difference in the lives of others who need to find their own passion and direction.
A Little More …
My clients tell me I am compassionate and open minded, with a creative approach and the ability to instill self-confidence in individuals to realise their strengths and achieve their potential.
I’m ACC credentialed through the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Coach U graduate, NLP Business Practitioner, Hogan Assessments Systems credentialed, Extended DISC certified & a qualified Image Consultant and a graduate of the Key Person of Influence Business Incubator Program. I hold a Degree in Design, Diploma in Education and Certificate IV (Training & Assessment.)
Memberships: International Coach Federation (ICF), Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).
As featured in:
Group Workshops and Online Training Programs:
7 Steps CAREERS Program ➤ Business Communication & Networking ➤ Yes, I Can! ➤ Get That Job! ➤ Polish Your Professional Image ➤ Dining and Social Etiquette ➤ Stress Relief and Relaxation
Corporate Training ➤ Career Coaching ➤ Career Management ➤ Resume Writing ➤ Job Search Skills ➤ Personal Coaching ➤ Confidence Building ➤ Presentation Skills ➤ Image Coaching
Corporate Clients include:
BW Shipping, Singapore
As a Human Resources professional, I employed Jane Jackson as my coach as I wanted to explore coaching as an additional skill to offer in my career. Little did I know that the experience would prove to be so invaluable in every aspect of my life. For the first time in my life I started thinking about me and what I truly wanted. I thought about how I could get to that “perfect” place of happiness and how to find the way to balance my needs with the needs of my family and the demands of my career. This was a life changing experience for me. I attribute this to Jane’s competent supportive coaching ability. The goal of coaching is for the individual to identify areas they want to improve upon, to set a plan and execute that plan. Jane is a master at this! She is truly a professional in every way and I guarantee any time spent with her in a coaching capacity will significantly change your life and lead you to achieving your goals.
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