Dr Jim Bright

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Australian Catholic University (ACU), and Proprietor, Bright and Associates

Job title

Professor of Career Development


Jim Bright is an Organisational Psychologist, Professorial Fellow in Career Education and Development at Australian Catholic University and Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby, UK.  His primary research interests focus on the application of complexity and chaos approaches to career development, and leading educational change. He has published extensively on career development including 12 books and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reports and careers tests.

Dr Bright combines his academic role with running Bright and Associates, a career development consultancy specialising in career coaching, medico-legal assessment, expert witness testimony, speaking and training.  He has written over 1000 medico-legal reports related to vocational capacity, and has written a weekly careers column in the Sydney Morning Herald for over a decade.

Professor Jim is a widely experienced keynote and workshop presenter. In recent years he has presented invited keynotes and addresses in the USA, Canada, UK, China, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand and around most of Australia. He skilfully combines authority, intellect, humour and entertainment to convey important messages about change and creativity in an accessible, fun and memorable way.

Jim is an invited or regular guest on various radio and television programs most particularly ABC Sydney Richard Glover’s Mid-Week Conference, as well as Life Matters, Sunrise, Today, Life and Style and Your Career on Foxtel.  He is the co-author of the Chaos Theory of Careers published by Routledge.

Born and bred in Royal Leamington Spa, Dr Bright has an honours degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Career Development Association of Australia, a member of the National Career Development Association, a Life Member of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association, an Honorary Board Member of the British Columbia Career Development Association, a member of the Career Development Institute UK, and an International Fellow of National Institute of Counseling Education and Guidance UK. He is a Past State and National Chairperson of the College of Organisational Psychologists.