Professor Jim Bright

Position: Visiting Professor of Career Development

College: College of Education

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About

I am a Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby. I am also Professor of Career Education and Development in the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) based in Sydney. My research interests have primarily focused on complexity, change and chance in career development captured in the Chaos Theory of Careers co-authored with Prof. Robert Pryor. In addition I am interested in applying chaos and complexity ideas to Leadership and I also have a long-standing interest in evidence-based job hunting advice.

I am a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a past national chair and member of the College of Organisational Psychologists, a registered Psychologist in Australia with a practice endorsement for Organisational Psychology, a Fellow of the Career Development Association of Australia, an International Fellow of National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), an International Honorary Board Member of the British Columbia Career Development Association and a Member of the National Career Development Association.

I have written or co-written 11 books that have been translated into over 10 different languages including independently verified best-sellers such as Brilliant CV (now in 5th edition), Brilliant Graduate CV, Resumes that get shortlisted, Job Hunting for Dummies: Australia and New Zealand, Stress: myth, research and theory and the Chaos Theory of Careers. I have published extensively on career development, occupational stress, job hunting and learning in academic journals, book chapters and reports. Since 2006 I have written a weekly column on career development in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age. Additionally I have consulted to many leading firms in Australia and the UK, and have provided hundreds of medico-legal expert witness reports on vocational capacity relating to workplace injury, worker’s compensation, police hurt on duty and motor vehicle accident claims.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach Career Assessment, Theory and Job Search Advising, Educating for Lifelong Career Development and Leading Educational Change as part of postgraduate courses at ACU. In the past I have taught the Psychology of Training, Implicit Learning, Ethics for Psychologists, Professional and Ethical Practice, Psychology of Work, Stress, Vocational Psychology and Career Development. I have supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion, 5 of whom have subsequently attained senior or professorial continuing academic positions. Currently I am supervising two PhD students evaluating a chaos theory of careers based school educational program and investigating the nature of chance events. In addition I am supervising two Educational Doctorates looking at Chaos Theory of Careers based interventions and the implementation of a School Improvement Framework.  Through my company Bright and Associates, I provide global training in Career Development, Coaching, Counselling and Assessment, as well as Change Management and Leadership.

Research interests

My research interests have primarily focused on complexity, change and chance in career development captured in the Chaos Theory of Careers co-authored with Prof. Robert Pryor.  In addition I am interested in applying chaos and complexity ideas to Leadership and I also have a long-standing interest in evidence-based job hunting advice.

The Chaos Theory of Careers research has been underway for a decade and culminated this year with a special edition of the Australian Journal of Career Development devoted to the theory.  In this research program we have developed a chaos and complexity-based theory that provides an account of the complexity of influences on career development, the nature of change and unplanned events, as well as the limiting factors and emerging patterns in individuals careers.  Work on the nature and the frequency of chance events has been replicated by ourselves and colleagues in Switzerland.  Intervention studies including longitudinal studies have revealed the effectiveness of chaos-based interventions in contrast to traditional interests-focused approaches and waitlist controls.  The efficacy of Chaos has been demonstrated with University students and also with high school students.  The CTC model is now being applied to leadership and creativity, particularly through my Beyond Personal Mastery model. This research has involved extensive collaboration with Professor Robert Pryor and other colleagues such as Professor Norman Amundson. We have published a book, the Chaos Theory of Careers, and over 30 peer reviewed academic journal articles in journals including Journal Vocational Behavior, Career Development Quarterly, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance.  We have also published 4 book chapters on the CTC.

My research on evidenced-based job search and workplace advice, began with a series of empirical studies investigating factors that increased the chances of candidate CVs being shortlisted by recruiters. This research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Selection and Assessment and most prominently in evidence-based self-help guides including Brilliant CV 5th edition (UK) , Brilliant Graduate CV (UK), Resumes that get shortlisted (Australia), Amazing Resumes (USA), Job Hunting for Dummies Australia and New Zealand, Should I stay or should I go?, Getting a brilliant job, Land that job in Australia and StressSmart.

Recent publications

  • Bright, J.E.H. & Pryor, R.G.L.. (2008). Shiftwork: A Chaos Theory Of Careers Agenda For Change In Career Counselling. Australian Journal of Career Development. 17(3), 63-72.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright, J.E.H. (2008). Archetypal narratives in career counselling. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. 8(2), 71-82.
  • Also in translation in GIPO Giornale Italiano Di Psicologia      Dell'Orientamento. Vol.10(3), Sep-Dec 2009, pp. 45-53.
  • Pryor R.G.L., Amundson, N., & Bright, J. (2008). Possibilities and probabilities: the role of chaos theory.  Career Development Quarterly 56 (4), 309-318.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright J.E.H. (2007). Applying chaos theory to careers: Attraction and attractors. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 71(3), 375-400.
  • Bright, J.E.H. & Pryor, R.G.L.. (2007). Chaotic Careers Assessment: how constructivist and psychometric techniques can be integrated into work and life decision making. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 23 (2), 30-45.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright J.E.H.  (2007). The Chaos Theory of Careers: theory, practice and process.  Career Planning and Adult Development Journal 23 (2), 46 – 56.
  • Earl, J. & Bright, J.E.H.. (2007).  The Relationship Between Career Decision Status and Important Work Outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior 71(2), 233-246.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright, J.E.H. (2006). Counselling the Australian Perspective.  Applied Psychology an International Review.
  • Borg, T, Bright J.E.H. & Pryor, R.G.L. (2006). The Butterfly Model of Careers: Illustrating How Planning and Chance can be Integrated In the Careers Of High School Students. Australian Journal of Career Development.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright, J.E.H. (2006). Counseling Chaos:  Techniques for Practitioners. Journal of Employment Counseling. Vol 43(1) Mar 2006, 2-17
  • Bell, J., Smith, M. & Bright, J.E.H. (2005). Measuring student self-efficacy to enhance school to work processes: the development of a large-scale on-line survey instrument. Managing and Leading.
  • McKay, H., Bright J.E.H. & Pryor R.G.L. (2005) Finding order and direction from Chaos: a comparison of complexity career counseling and trait matching counselling.  Journal of Employment Counseling. 42, (3) Sep 2005, 98-112
  • Davey, R., Bright, J.E.H., Pryor, R.G.L. & Levin, K. (2005). Of never quite knowing what I might be:  chaotic counselling with university students. Australian Journal of Career Development, 14(2), 53-62.
  • Pryor, R.G.L. and Bright J.E.H. (2005). Chaos In Practice: Techniques for Career Counsellors. Australian Journal of Career Development, 14(1), 18-28.
  • Bright, J.E.H., Pryor, R.G.L., Wilkenfeld, S and Earl, J. (2005).  Influence of social context on career decision-making. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance 5 (1),19 – 36
  • Bright J.E.H. & Pryor R.G.L. (2005). The chaos theory of careers: a users guide. Career Development Quarterly. Vol 53(4) Jun 2005, 291-305
  • Bright, J.E.H., Pryor, R.G.L. and Harpham, L. (2005). The role of chance events in career decision making. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 66 (3),561-576
  • Pryor, R.G.L. & Bright J.E.H. (2004). “I had seen order and chaos, but had thought they were different.”The challenges of the Chaos Theory for career development. Australian Journal of Career Developmentv.13 n.3 p.18-22;
  • Earl JK and Bright J.E.H. (2004) The Impact of Work Quality and Quantity on the Development of Career Decision Status. Australian Journal of Career Development v.13 n.1 p.15-22;
  • Pryor, R. G. L. & Bright, J. E. H. (2003).  The chaos theory of careers. Australian Journal of Career Development, 12(2), 12-20.
  • Pryor, R. G. L. & Bright, J. E. H. (2003b). Order and chaos: a twenty-first century formulation of careers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(2), 121-128.
  • Earl J & Bright, J.E.H. (2003). Undergraduate level, age, volume and pattern of work as predictors of career maturity in University students. Australian Journal of Psychology. 55(2). 63-64
  • Bright, J &  Carless, S. (2003). Work and Careers.  Australian Journal of Psychology. Vol 55(2) Aug 2003, 63-64.
  • Newell, B.R. &  Bright, J.E.H. (2003). The subliminal mere exposure effect: does not generalise to structurally related stimuli. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2003, 57:1, 61-68
  • Newell, B.R & Bright, J.E.H. (2002) Evidence against hyperspecificity in implicit invariant learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Section A, 55, 1109 - 1126.
  • Searle, B.J., Bright, J.E.H., & Bochner, S. (2002). Helping people sort it out: The role of social support in the job strain model of occupational stress. Work & Stress, Vol 15(4) Oct 2001, 328-346.
  • Newell & Bright, J.E.H. (2002) Well past midnight: Calling time on implicit invariant learning? European Journal of Cognitive Psychology 14, 185-205.
  • Newell, B.R. & Bright, J.E.H. (2001) The relationship between the structural mere exposure effect and the implicit learning process. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Section A., 54, 1087 -1104
  • Bright, J.E.H. & Hutton, S. (2000). The Impact of Competency Statements on Résumés for Shortlisting Decisions. International Journal of Selection and Assessment. Vol 8(2) Jun 2000, 41-53.
  • Wood, R.E., Atkins, P.W.B., & Bright, J.E.H. (1999). Bonuses, Goals and Instrumentality Effects. Journal of Applied Psychology. 84(5). Selected by the APS as one of the ten most significant research papers of the previous 5 years.
  • Searle, B., Bright, J.E.H. & Bochner, S. (1999). Testing the 3-factor model of occupational stress. Work and Stress. 13, 268-279
  • Bright J.E.H. & Davies F. (1999). You did WHAT in 1983?!: The effects of explained and unexplained gaps in career history presented on résumés. Australian Journal of Career Development.8(1), 12-17.
  • Jones, F., Bright, J.E.H., Searle, B and Cooper, L.(1998).Modelling occupational stress and health: the impact of the demand-control model on academic research and on workplace practice. Stress Medicine. 14, 231-236.
  • Bright J.E.H. & Freedman O. (1998). Differences between implicit and explicit acquisition of a complex motor skill under pressure: An examination of some evidence. British Journal of Psychology, 89(2),177-190.
  • Bright J.E.H. & Burton AM. (1998). Ringing the changes: where abstraction occurs in implicit learning. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 10(2), 113-130.
  • Earl, J., Bright J.E.H., & Adams, A. (1998). 'In my opinion....': What gets graduate résumés shortlisted?' Australian Journal of Career Development, 7(1), 15-19.
  • Bright, J.E.H., & Halse, R. (1998). An evaluation of an industry training programme. Training and Development in Australia. 25 No.2 Apr, 7-11
  • Bright, J.E.H. & Burton, AM. (1994). Past midnight: semantic processing in an implicit learning task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 47(1).71-89.
  • Ayland, N. & Bright, J. (1991). Real-time responses to in-vehicle technologies - a European evaluation.Transportation Research Record, No. 1318. Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • Bright, J. & Ayland, N. (1991). Evaluating real-time responses to in-vehicle driver information systems. Advanced Telematics in Road Transport: Proceedings of the DRIVE conference, Brussel Elsevier: Amsterdam.
  • Brennen, T., Baguley, T., Bright, J., & Bruce, V. (1990). Resolving semantically-induced tip-of-the-tongue states for common nouns. Memory and Cognition, 18, 339-347 

 
BOOKS
 

  • Jones, F & Bright J.E.H.. Stress: Myth, theory and research. Prentice Hall. London. UK. 2001.
  • a) Jones, F & Bright J.E.H.. CTPECC: Teopии, Иccдobahя, MиФbl (Stress: Myth, theory and research).  Russian Translation. Prentice Hall. Moscow. 2003.
  • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Résumés that get shortlisted. Business and Professional Publishing. Sydney. Australia. 2000
    • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Résumés that get shortlisted. 2nd Edn. Allen and Unwin. Sydney. Australia. 2004
    • Bright, J.E.H.  and Earl, J. Résumés that get shortlisted. Vietnamese Translation. 2006.
    • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Résumés that get shortlisted. 3rd Edn. Allen and Unwin. Sydney. Australia. 2008
    • Bright, J.E.H.  and Earl, J. Résumés that get shortlisted. Chinese Translation. 2009.
  • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Brilliant CV. Prentice Hall. London. UK. 2001
    • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Brilliant CV. Prentice Hall. London. UK. 2nd Edn. 2005
    •  Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Brilliant CV. Prentice Hall. London. UK. 3rd Edn. 2007
    • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Brilliant CV. Prentice Hall. London. UK. 4th Edn. 2011
  • Bright J.E.H.. Job Hunting for Dummies: Australia and New Zealand. John Wiley. Sydney. Australia. 2001
  • Bright, J.E.H.. Stresssmart. Bright and Associates. 2003.
  • a) Stresssmart. Bright and Associates. 2nd Edition. 2006
  • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall. 2003
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go and should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2004. Chinese Translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Skal Jag Blive Eller Skifte Job?. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2004. Danish Translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2004. Norwegian Translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2004. Russian translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2005. Korean translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2005. Italian translation.
    • Bright J.E.H..  Should I go or should I stay. Prentice Hall: Financial Times.2005. Romanian translation.
  • Bright, K. & Bright, J.E.H.. Getting a brilliant job: the students guide to job hunting. Allen and Unwin. Sydney. Australia. 2005.
    • Bright, K. & Bright, J.E.H.. Getting a brilliant job: the students guide to job hunting. Viva Books. India. 2005. Indian Edition
  • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Amazing resumes. JIST Publishing. Indianapolis. US. 2005.
    • Bright J.E.H. & Earl, J. Amazing resumes. JIST Publishing. Indianapolis. US. 2nd edition. 2009.
  • Bright, J.E.H., &  Bright, K,. (2005). Land that job in Australia. Tribus Lingua. Melbourne.
  • 10. Pryor, RGL & Bright, JEH. (2011). Chaos theory of Careers. Routledge. New York.
  • 11. Bright, J, Earl J & Winter, D. (2013). Brilliant Graduate CV. Pearson.

Published Tests (6 - 3 online tests and 1 card sort)

  • Pryor, RGL & Bright, JEH. (2006). Luck Readiness Index. Sydney
  • Bright, JEH. & Pryor, RGL. (2006).  Complexity Perception Index. Sydney
  • Bright, J & Pryor, R. (2007). Creative Thinking Strategies. Card Sort.
  • Bright, JEH. (2011). Luck Readiness Index Online. (adaptation of Pryor & Bright, 2006)
  • Bright, JEH (2011). Change Perception Index Online (adaptation of Bright & Pryor, 2006)
  • Bright, JEH (2011). Exploring Chaos Reality Checklist. Online. (adaptation of Pryor & Bright, 2006).

Other Publications

  • Bright, J. (2008). Shift Happens. Keynote paper. Published in the Proceedings of the Australian Association of Career Counsellors, Annual Conference, Hobart, March 25th – 28th.
    • Jones, F. and Bright, Jim.  Stress: Health and illness. Monat, Alan (Ed); Lazarus, Richard S (Ed); Reevy, Gretchen (Ed). (2007). The Praeger handbook on stress and coping (vol.1). (pp. 141-168). xxi, 279 pp. Westport, CT, US: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.
    • Bright, J.E.H. & Pryor. R.G.L.. (2005). Work. Encyclopedia of Human Development. Sage.
    • Pryor. R.G.L.. & Bright, J.E.H.  (2006). Occupational Choice. Encyclopaedia of Career Development.
    • Pryor, R.G.L. &. Bright, J.E.H. (2006). Occupational Stereotypes. Encyclopaedia of Career Development.
    • Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Preparing your CV.  In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. Pp.97-132.
    • Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Constructing you CV.  In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. Pp133-168.
    • Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Some Tricky CV Issues.  In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. pp169-174.
    • Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Presenting your CV.  In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. Pp 175-182.
  • 10. Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Covering letters.  In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. Pp183 – 188.
  • 11. Bright, J.E.H.  & Earl, J. (2004). Delivering your CV. In The Job Hunter’s Handbook. Sandra Jones (Ed). W.H.Smith Ltd. Swindon, UK. Pp 189 – 198.
  • 12. Wood R, Atkins P and Bright J (2003) 'Bonuses, goals and instrumentality effects' included in  Australian research in psychology: A collection of papers 1999-2002. Australian Psychological Society.
  • 13. Bright J.E.H. & Carless S. (2003). Work And Careers. Australian Journal of Psychology. 55(2). 83-88.
  • 14. Kehoe, J & Bright, J.E.H.. (2003). Training. Chapter in Organisational Psychology in Australia and New Zealand. Oxford University Press.
  • 15. Bright, J.E.H. & Pryor, R.G.L.. (2003). The exploring influences on Career Development Technique. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Eds). Ideas for Carer Practitioners: Celebrating Excellence in Australian Career Practice.  Australian Academic Press. Brisbane.
  • 16. Bryant, R, Ivancic, K, Bright, J & McConkey, K. (1998). Supervision Training and Education Program (STEP). Manual and video.
  • Underwood G., and Bright, J.E.H.. (1996). Cognition with and without awareness. Underwood G (ed). Implicit Cognition. Oxford University Press.

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