Professor Jim Bright

Jim Bright is Professor of Career Education and Development at Australian Catholic University. He holds the first specifically named professorial position in career development in Australia.  Jim was born in Royal Leamington Spa, UK, and holds dual citizenship.

After a false start in electrical and electronic engineering, and managing a pub while still 18, Jim returned to the University of Nottingham to read psychology. After graduating with honours he worked for a year on user reactions to new transport technologies in Athens.

He gained a PhD on the psychology of unconscious biases in decision-making and learning before working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow on Occupational Stress transmission.  In 1995 he emigrated to Sydney, Australia, lecturing in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. There he began his collaborations with Professor Robert Pryor, which spawned the Chaos Theory of Careers. In 2006 he took up his current position, which he combines with a successful private practice and media career.

Jim's research focuses on the application of chaos and complexity models to career decision-making. He has published extensively on the chaos theory of careers including a book, The Chaos Theory of Careers (Pryor & Bright, 2011). His earlier work was on occupational stress including the book Stress: myth, theory and research (Jones & Bright, 2001), training, personality and performance, sporting performance and anxiety, implicit learning and human factors in transport.

Jim has authored or co-authored several books. In his private practice, he offers coaching and counselling services and public speaking and training courses. He has extensive experience as an expert witness in medico-legal cases related to vocational capacity. He regularly visits the UK, USA and Canada, working with colleagues at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, University of British Columbia and the University of Derby.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and holds a number of international fellowships and directorships. In his spare time his interests include cricket and jazz.