I am a career and creativity coach who holds a Masters in Education (Career Development) and specialises in working with young adults and artists. I am particularly interested in what shapes our individual sense of identity and how we can each learn to set up sustainable practices in all aspects of our physical, mental, social and spiritual lives. After noticing high rates of injury and low career development support for myself and other students at university I began my studies into career Development. While on the road touring I studied my Graduate Certificate in the Career Counselling of Elite Performers (Victoria University), followed by a broader preventative health focus including a Graduate Certificate in Social Health and Counselling majoring in drugs and alcohol (Macquarie University) and my Certificate Three and Four in Fitness (FIA Fitnation) - including working as a personal trainer from 2013 to 2015. My Masters of Education in has also led me to work with organisations including The Australians Women’s National Soccer Team, the Macquarie University Elite Athlete program, over 20 high schools around NSW and the development of a workshop titled ‘a sustainable approach to a career in the arts,’ which focuses on personal development tools and resources for emerging artists. For more information on jess you can visit: www.careerset.org
At its foundations coaching and counselling for me is a collaborative conversation and the sharing of a story in which a greater clarity and sense of meaning is looking to be found. From this perspective my personal career counselling theory has been greatly influenced by three humanistic theories including Carl Roger’s person-centered therapy, Mark Savickas’s life design and Larry Cochran’s narrative career counselling approach. On top of this I have also been heavily influenced by design thinking and the work of Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Design thinking can be applied to your career and I love teaching the tools from their book 'Designing Your Life'. Career education, coaching and counselling all take slightly varied approaches to helping individuals to navigate work and life. It can take a guidance or educational approach at times with helping people to build the skills, attitudes and competencies to survive the world of work. It can be a creative space in which activity-based exercises can help to build a sense of coherency in your career story. It can also be more reflective space in which as a counsellor I help you to explore how your story can inform and help you through your transition. It is my job to help to create a safe space for this discovery.
Professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) Member of the NSW Career Advisors Association (CAA)
Masters of Education majoring in Career Development (QUT) Graduate Certificate in the Career Counselling of Elite Performers (VU) Graduate Certificate in Social Health and Counselling (MQU) Bachelor of Music Studies (SYD) Certificate Three and Four in Fitness (FIAFITNATION)
Coauthor of Mental Spinach a pocketbook designed to help you to spot more opportunities and to meaningfully shape your life. This bite-sized resource can be used by people of any age, read in one sitting and used as an ongoing thought-promoter. We are passionate about creating a positive impact and at the end of each quarter we donate every dollar from book sales and speaking engagements to charities focusing on positively impacting the education and lives of disadvantaged children and young adults. You can follow this link to learn more about this project: www.jessandianpollard.com