Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson has over 30 years experience analysing and researching careers and career development issues both inside and outside organisations. This has ranged from medical careers to the careers of actor and dancers. Clients for this work have included EU agencies, UK government departments, leading employers, research institutes and professional organisations. Much of his work on career development has been focused on ensuring that HR policy and practice is developed in ways to maximise its likely effectiveness, tackles the real issues that individuals face inside organisations and at the same time delivers business benefits.

Charles is also interested in the development of self-help career interventions that enable individuals to manage and develop their careers more effectively in a rapidly changing labour market. Much of his recent work has been concerned with understanding the skills that graduates, professionals and knowledge workers need to manage their careers successfully. He is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) and a Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School where he runs an innovative postgraduate course in Career and Talent Management taught via work-based learning. Educated at Nottingham and Aston Universities, he has also been an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Having recently become a grandparent, he is especially concerned about the development of young people and fostering their ability ‘to do things – and the freedom to lead lives – that they have reason to value.’


Q: What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
A: Sometimes I would have been better off if I had kept my mouth shut but at other times I wish I had spoken out more. Some good advice on both when to hold my tongue and when to speak up would have been particularly helpful!

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Making sure your current work is making you more employable is the only way to obtain job security in today’s world of work

What is the most underrated skill in business?
A: Listening to and understanding the other person’s point of view and then using this to create a ‘win-win’ situation for both of you

Books by Charles Jackson in this series

Planning Your Career in a Week: Teach Yourself