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Career Educator, Speaker, Coach
Career Vision By Jamie and Baby Elephant Books
Jamie has a Master's Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Social Systems and a concentration in Family and Work and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Children, Youth, and Family. She has worked for California Department of Education and First 5 funded programs in the public and nonprofit sector, has been a CSU Career Counselor, owns and operates Baby Elephant Books, presents career education workshops and trainings at libraries, high schools, colleges and community organizations, keynotes at conferences and offers private career coaching.
Jamie is livid about how we have been lied to, cheated, and deceived. She pokes fun at the fact we know more ice cream flavors than we do job titles, that 4 year olds can name an okapi but have never heard of an actuary, and that we have memorized the birth years of our dead presidents and how much extinct dinosaurs weight but can't seem to find time or place importance on learning about what we want to do with 24% of our week. Audiences find humor in her candid approach to presenting, strength in her ability to use analogies/ stories to connect with them at their breaking point, and appreciation in her passion for helping people remove “barbed wire” from their lives to find their “dream dessert” .
Unlike most presenters, Jamie refuses to be an expert and starts her workshops telling people NOTHING SHE SAYS IS TRUE and she is not a "they". If you are looking for something new, you want to see change, and you need someone to offer a fresh perspective on a deadbeat topic, Jamie is the ideal partner. Audiences from minimum wage workers with GEDs to Professionals with PhDs concur; Jamie will inspire you to take the steps necessary to change the world of work from a four letter word into something you get to do as you apply Career Vision to every facet of your life.
Ever talk to a job seeker? "They said......" comes flying out of their mouth at least two times a minute. Who are Mr. and Mrs. They and why have we allowed them to invade our world? I say we vote to send them back to "Theyville" and dethrone them
Lack of exposure means lack of choices. In reality, teens know more ice cream flavors than they do things they can become when they grow up. Rethinking how we invest in our children's college education isn't just important, it is overdue.
This is great. The only problem is kids still have lack of exposure to even determine what they want to study and learn at studio school. Similar to the problems with magnet schools, if you choose wrong you get stuck in a track and may end up on hating it so there needs to be some ability to move within subjects.
Brad, I think goals are great, but measurable goals as you mention, are the rub. In this instant world where you can even buy your way out of waiting at Disneyland and 30 second rice has replaced minute rice, young people grow inpatient of even their own goals. I think "alligators" as I call them force this, i.e. parents, bill collectors, society in general. We tell them to get a job any job, and as a result, they end up in that same job 10 years later, unhappy, unfulfilled, and having given up on their dream. See my next post on junk food jobs.