Jenn Barfield – Career Development Practitioner
I am a qualified Career Development Practitioner and member of the Career Development Association of Australia.
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 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
- exploring being “empty nesters”
- new retirees
Delivery of career coaching is in one-on-one and group coaching sessions, but 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.