About Me

Meet Jane: Your Career Transition Coach based in Zurich

Career Coach, HR Consultant, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, Cyclist, Yoga-Lover.
My career is important to me, but it is not everything in my life.

… and I want to help you find success in your career, because when you enjoy work, you enjoy life.

About Me

Meet Jane: Your Career Transition Coach based in Zurich

Career Coach, HR Consultant, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, Cyclist, Yoga-Lover.
My career is important to me, but it is not everything in my life.

… and I want to help you find success in your career, because when you enjoy work, you enjoy life.

Anyone With Get Up and Go,
Had Got Up and Gone

Here’s my story…

Pleasant Point, that’s the name of the tiny village where I grew up in the South Island of New Zealand. The town slogan is The Name Says It All – a pleasant, safe place to grow up and just a tiny point on the map.

I knew everyone, and everyone knew me. You might think that nosy and gossipy. I call it community. That is where my interest in people started – what makes them tick?

Like small villages, the opportunities were limited. So I left at 17 and didn’t look back. First, to the big smoke, Christchurch, to go to the university and study psychology – what else for a person who was interested in people? Then it was the….

Anyone With Get Up and Go, Had Got Up and Gone

Here’s my story…

Pleasant Point, that’s the name of the tiny village where I grew up in the South Island of New Zealand. The town slogan is The Name Says It All – a pleasant, safe place to grow up and just a tiny point on the map.

I knew everyone, and everyone knew me. You might think that nosy and gossipy. I call it community. That is where my interest in people started – what makes them tick?

Like small villages, the opportunities were limited. So I left at 17 and didn’t look back. First, to the big smoke, Christchurch, to go to the university and study psychology – what else for a person who was interested in people?

Then it was the…

BIG WIDE WORLD

First, I went to Minneapolis in the USA, then to Trondheim, Norway. A time to explore more of the world and start my career in Human Resources.

After three years abroad, it felt the right time to head home to New Zealand and “settle down”. I got a job, bought a house and car, and joined clubs….

And I moved quickly from HR Officer to HR Manager in 6 months, to more senior HR roles, soon to be on the executive board of mid-sized organisations as the HR Leader.

STUCK WITHOUT WORK IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

But it all felt a little stifling, so when my husband got a chance for a 2-year contract in Switzerland, we were off. New places to explore, new horizons and new opportunities. I had no doubt I would find a job with my education and experience.

Oh, I was so wrong. Changes in work permit rules meant I had no right to work. I’m not one of those people who enjoys doing nothing, and I’d invested long and hard in my education and career. I looked for work, learnt German, made friends, and started my MBA to “keep busy”. It took lots of applying, bureaucracy and red tape and finally, over a year later, I had a work permit.

I grabbed the first job – not a good decision as it turned out to be a very strange company. But it gave me time to find the right job.

OVERWORKING AND OVERACHIEVING

Then, I got the right job, so I put everything into it and made good progress into senior HR posts in international companies. The time off made me even more ambitious and hardworking to compensate for lost time. 70-80 hour weeks were not uncommon, plus trying to finish my MBA.

WRENCHING VALUES

I enjoyed working in international HR positions. But after the financial crisis, the company was not doing well.

A new CEO was bought in to make massive cost savings. Restructuring, hiring freezes, no training, no bonuses – as Head of HR, it felt like it was all falling on my shoulders. The things I believed in and preached to the organisation, such as the importance of people to creating value in organisations, were being wiped out overnight. My work no longer matched my values and people were no longer valued.

I stayed, hoping it would get better. But it didn’t. I was going through the motions, daily, turning up and doing what was needed without my usual passion, energy or drive. I was stuck, unhappy and stressed out.

Finally, over nearly 18 months later, I resigned. I didn’t want another job restructuring corporations, so I decided to set up my own company to do more positive work with people.

REIMAGINING CAREERS

Now, I use my knowledge from working in HR, studying psychology and my experience to help mid-career professionals reimagine a better working life.

At the centre of all of my work is PEOPLE – the belief we all deserve a job where we can learn, grow, be respected and be listened to.

Helping people find that great job and have a great day at work is my WHY.

I Want to Help You To

BIG WIDE WORLD

First, I went to Minneapolis in the USA, then to Trondheim, Norway. A time to explore more of the world and start my career in Human Resources.

After three years abroad, it felt the right time to head home to New Zealand and “settle down”. I got a job, bought a house and car, and joined clubs….

And I moved quickly from HR Officer to HR Manager in 6 months, to more senior HR roles, soon to be on the executive board of mid-sized organisations as the HR Leader.

STUCK WITHOUT WORK IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

But it all felt a little stifling, so when my husband got a chance for a 2-year contract in Switzerland, we were off. New places to explore, new horizons and new opportunities. I had no doubt I would find a job with my education and experience.

Oh, I was so wrong. Changes in work permit rules meant I had no right to work. I’m not one of those people who enjoys doing nothing, and I’d invested long and hard in my education and career. I looked for work, learnt German, made friends, and started my MBA to “keep busy”. It took lots of applying, bureaucracy and red tape and finally, over a year later, I had a work permit.

I grabbed the first job – not a good decision as it turned out to be a very strange company. But it gave me time to find the right job.

OVERWORKING AND OVERACHIEVING

Then, I got the right job, so I put everything into it and made good progress into senior HR posts in international companies. The time off made me even more ambitious and hardworking to compensate for lost time. 70-80 hour weeks were not uncommon, plus trying to finish my MBA.

WRENCHING VALUES

I enjoyed working in international HR positions. But after the financial crisis, the company was not doing well.

A new CEO was bought in to make massive cost savings. Restructuring, hiring freezes, no training, no bonuses – as Head of HR, it felt like it was all falling on my shoulders. The things I believed in and preached to the organisation, such as the importance of people to creating value in organisations, were being wiped out overnight. My work no longer matched my values and people were no longer valued.

I stayed, hoping it would get better. But it didn’t. I was going through the motions, daily, turning up and doing what was needed without my usual passion, energy or drive. I was stuck, unhappy and stressed out.

Finally, over nearly 18 months later, I resigned. I didn’t want another job restructuring corporations, so I decided to set up my own company to do more positive work with people.

REIMAGINING CAREERS

Now, I use my knowledge from working in HR, studying psychology and my experience to help mid-career professionals reimagine a better working life.

At the centre of all of my work is PEOPLE – the belief we all deserve a job where we can learn, grow, be respected and be listened to.

Helping people find that great job and have a great day at work is my WHY.

I Want to
Help You To

Jane Piper - Pipsy founder

My mission is to help you find your dream career.

I have worked with hundreds of mid-career professionals from all different professions, from HR, General Managers or Leaders, Legal, Scientists, and IT across a wide range of industries – pharmaceuticals, engineering, banks and tech companies to help them find a fulfilling career.

I want everyone to go home on Friday thinking they have used their best talents and made the world a better place with their team.

My mission is to help you find your dream career.

If you are ready, then book a call to get started.
I can’t wait to hear your career story.

FUN FACTS

I’M OBSESSED WITH….

Cycling

I’m a tour cyclist and have covered a lot of Europe by bike. Last year I did over 1000km in 2 weeks.

SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT…

I am organised and structured

I might love to work with people but that doesn’t mean I’m unorganised.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE….

People watching in cafes and tourist spots…..

MY FAV WAY TO RELAX

A good yoga class

In autumn and winter a sauna, walk in nature…

MY MOTTO

Always be Learning

I love to learn – truly I am a nerd at heart!

FUN FACTS

I’M OBSESSED WITH….

Cycling

I’m a tour cyclist and have covered a lot of Europe by bike. Last year I did over 1000km in 2 weeks.

SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT…

I am organised and structured

I might love to work with people but that doesn’t mean I’m unorganised.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE….

People watching in cafes and tourist spots…..

MY FAV WAY TO RELAX

A good yoga class

In autumn and winter a sauna, walk in nature…

MY MOTTO

Always be Learning

I love to learn – truly I am a nerd at heart!

Do you need some guidance on where to begin
your journey?

Do you need some guidance on where to begin your journey?