A career practitioner since 2008, Jia's career trajectory includes various roles in career advising, employer relations, career coaching, as well as program development and administration.
Like many people in Canada, Jia came from a different culture and, as such, developed a keen interest in cross-cultural experience and cultural adaptation. As part of her Masters in Education, her thesis focused on social and cultural factors affecting the well-being of newcomers. Jia uses the knowledge she gained in school and continuously reflects on her personal cross-cultural experience to develop an acute awareness of the challenges and obstacles clients with international backgrounds might face.
Jia has acquired a solid understanding of the needs and expectations of employers from a broad range of industries. She also remains current on labour market trends and recruitment practices, and actively shares her findings with clients and colleagues. Her advanced training in business administration has enhanced her ability in building successful collaborations with community partners and stakeholders, making T2C a uniquely effective learning opportunity for all career explorers.
She is a mother of two, a hobbyist painter, a life-long learner, and a full-time employee, and understands challenges in juggling competing demands in life. Subjects that are close to Jia's heart include work-life balance, self-compassion and self-care, resilience, self-actualization, diversity and equality in the workplace, as well as women and leadership.
As the Team Lead of Transition to Career (T2C) and Career Coach at the U of A Career Centre, Jia is dedicated to the success of our program participants and coaching clients. She is also a Certified Coach Practitioner through the Certified Coaches Federation.