Meet your Career Coach – Jennifer Bradley
Hi. I’m Jennifer Bradley. Making changes in your career can leave you feeling “on your own” as you make decisions that affect many areas of your life.
Here, I’d like to introduce myself, and tell you a bit about the experiences, education, and training that bring to my work today as a career coach and consultant.
The success of your professional career is not just about doing a great job.
Being able to thrive in today’s workplace requires the understanding and skills to communicate confidently about the contribution you make through your work.
It is your unique work life story that differentiates you from others who share similar professional qualifications, skills, and experience.
But because you are so close to your own experience, you probably undervalue your skills. It’s not easy to see your own career from the outside. Yet this is essential for effective career communication and professional visibility.
Insight into your career story and your core values, combined with the career management skills you need, gives you a powerful platform from which to shape your career now and in the future.
Helping professionals with these challenges is the essence of my work as a career coach and consultant.
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My Career Story
Like many of the professionals I work with, my career includes some twists and turns along the way.
Sometimes these changes were planned. Sometimes not.
I have first-hand experience of the challenges of moving forward in uncertain situations. I know that even a string of accomplishments doesn’t immunize you against doubts and worries that can surface when you are unclear about where to go next. But I also know that while change may not happen overnight, small steps produce significant outcomes.
One of the highlights of my early career was the opportunity that working in health care gave me to live and work overseas. It is said that travel changes you forever. This was true for my career. Within a few years of returning from a year working in New Zealand, I changed direction to study psychology, first in Glasgow, Scotland, and then in Manchester, England.
Changes in Work and in Life
In the year I started a new career as an university faculty member, I also became a parent. Even the most positive life events involve adjustment! I taught applied psychology to students of health, business and management, administration, and computer science. Many of my students came with considerable professional experience. The learning environment was always rich. I discovered a passion for helping students advance more quickly in their careers by integrating work-based learning with their academic studies.
Another overseas relocation, this time to the United States for family reasons, prompted me to explore new opportunities for my career. After a period as a project manager and researcher at Portland State University, where I focused on work-life transitions, I redirected my skills and experience to pursue coaching and career industry certifications.
A Synthesis of Skills, Experience, Education, and Training
My work today is founded on one core principle: Your career is more than business, it’s personal.
I integrate my expertise in workplace psychology with knowledge of transitions, career management, and job search tools to empower clients to lead their own careers. I have presented on the topic of work-life transitions at the annual Families in Global Transition conference, and have provided training to assist families relocating for international work assignments with managing transitions, including adapting to live in a new culture.
My work has been published in professional, trade, and academic journals. More recently, intrigued by psychological research on the positive power of personal writing to promote easy, accessible, and effective ways to manage stress, I’ve studied personal writing and journaling at the Therapeutic Writing Institute in Denver, Colorado. I am adapting these proven methods for use as self-coaching tools for professionals in career transition.
Careers in a VUCA World
In a less predictable world where change is accelerating, more professionals encounter career-related decisions on an ongoing basis.
How do you build a career that is resilient despite work-related changes that may be outside of your control? If you know yourself, can communicate what you do best, and have the tools you need, you’re ready to adapt creatively even when change is personally and professionally challenging.
Advances in technology continue to alter both the way we work and how companies manage talent.
While easier access to information and social media tools open up new opportunities, many professionals don’t have access to training in career management as part of their regular professional learning. At the same time, in today’s VUCA (volatile; uncertain; complex; ambiguous) world, developing the skills to take charge of your own career is more important than ever. I am continually seeking new ways to hone my skills in the art, craft, and science of career management to help my clients create and recreate more resilient careers. See below for a summary of my credentials.
Professional Qualifications & Career Coaching Credentials
Coaching and Psychology
Job Search, Career Communication, & Career Branding Certifications
It’s more important than ever to lead your own career.
Do you feel ready with the skills and resources you need to manage a 21st century professional career?
Knowing where to begin is often the biggest obstacle for professionals.
Make it easier by completing the Career Management Skills Scorecard.
With more insight into where you are today, you can be more strategic about the career management choices you make.