Jordan Maness

Jordan Maness

Career Counselor/Lecturer/Life Coach


UCLA Career Center

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to college to explore my passions: sports, music, journalism, advertising, acting, & psychology.
Majored in Broadcasting and Marketing and served as Sports Director at the student radio station.
After college, got hired as Sports Director at a radio station in a small town in Nebraska.
Realized two important things: 1.) I didn't belong in Nebraska 2.) I wanted to do something meaningful.
I fulfilled a life-long dream by moving to the beach (SoCal) and began exploring helping careers.
I discovered my dream career options: Career Counselor/Life Coach.
I attended UCLA for grad school and did an internship at the UCLA Career Center.
I was hired full time at the UCLA Career Center after finishing my Master's.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
University of Colorado Boulder
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
University of Colorado Boulder
Career

Career

Career Counselor/Lecturer/Life Coach

I inspire college students to do extraordinary things with their lives and to live with passion and purpose.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

Present workshops on finding one's dream job. Meet one-on-one with students to talk to them about their passions and skills. Spread the word across campus about the Career Center. Present lectures for the course I teach on Career Decision-Making. Etc.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I believe the most effective career counselors and life coaches are those who have followed their own passions and have obtained some valuable life experiences. Being well-rounded, self-aware, self-confident, and clear about your own values and mission in life will best equip you to inspire others to live with passion and purpose. Additionally, reading self-development books and obtaining counseling or coaching certifications can be helpful too.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Develop exceptional communication skills and do as Socrates said, "Know Thyself." Going through a thorough self-assessment process will help you guide others through the same process. This process is the first step in discovering one's true calling. Learning how to be an effective listener and presenter will be critical for you if you want to thrive as a Career Counselor or Lecturer or Life Coach.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
any
graduate
Graduate
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should stick to one profession and not change jobs so much. You should start your professional career right after college and start making good money, etc."

I recognized the importance of following my passions. I knew that there were certain things I'd always regret if I didn't at least try them. I was very strategic about my moves. I was very self-reflective and paid attention to what I liked and didn't like about various experiences. That way, each time I made a change, I felt like I was making progress. I also asked for advice from many people with more experience than me. Most importantly, I followed my own definition of success.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Generic food and clothing and hand-me-downs were typical in my large family. But we always found time to enjoy each other's company and there was no shortage of love. Be smart with what money you do have, and find joy and fun in simple activities.