About Me

Jenn Barfield – Career Development Practitioner RPCDP

Known as “being a gnome” I am a qualified registered professional Career Development Practitioner and Professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) and Professional member of the Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE).

My approach to career development is a holistic creative engagement approach, including whole-brain and mindfulness strategies to developing life long career management skills.

My work is underpinned by evidence-based career theories and strategies.

Hope-action theory resonates so much with me, and I try to live life as optimistically as possible. I’ve been described as being quirky, bubbly, likes to laugh – but can be serious when necessary, kind, curious, compassionate, empathetic and determined. All of these attributes I bring to my role as a Career Development Practitioner.

My early career background had been in teaching ranging from Primary School through to Adult Learners, over the space of 20+ years in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, before transitioning to my role as a Career Development Practitioner. 

My passion is building meaningful professional relationships with people, which provides a basis for working and empathising with them as they are empowered to navigate successful career transitions.

Ideally I would love to be able to offer support to mid to later life people, including current and former military personnel in Australia and Germany with their transitions from military to civilian life.

As a former Military spouse, I faced the challenges of adapting to life in a military environment, away from my family and country where I grew up. 

Supporting my former husband’s postings, including living in Germany for three years with a British Forces contingent, and his later struggles during his transition to civilian life and relocation back to Australia, meant that I had to give up my chosen teaching career, leaving me with a sense of loss of identity.

I struggled for some time to discover how to describe skills and knowledge from teaching as transferrable to other career pathways, taking roles as varied as office administration, e-Learning, career coaching and adult literacy coaching.

In recent years I have experienced redundancy, and worked through the emotions and issues raised for me.  

All of these experiences and skills, I bring to my role as an experienced Career Development Practitioner, in particular in providing holistic mindfulness/wellbeing career exploration, for career change. My expertise includes career coaching support for those who are;

  • military transitions
  • military spouses
  • going through career crises
  • facing redundancy
  • mid career changers
  • returning to work after a career break
  • exploring being “empty nesters”
  • new retirees

Delivery of career coaching is in one-on-one and group coaching sessions, I am also experienced developing and delivering group presentations and workshops relating to career exploration and wellbeing.  

I utilise the knowledge and experiences of living in three different countries and working across a variety of industries and careers to empathise with clients what they are working through, and enhance my delivery of career coaching.

Qualifications & Memberships:

🔸 Registered Professional Career Development Practitioner (RPCDP), Career Industry Council of Australia

🔸 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practices
Career Education Association of Victoria, 2021

🔸 Advanced: Certification in Hope-Action Theory Practitioner (CHATP)
Doubleknot Works, 2021

©️ Dr. Spencer Niles, Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon, Dr. Norm Amundson, Hope-Action Group

🔸 Professional Member, Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), since 2021

🔸 Professional Member of Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE), since 2021

🔸 Accredited Standard Mental Health First Aider
Mental Health First Aid Australia, since 2021

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