About Julianne

Hi! I’m Julianne Yang, and I’m an independent career coach from Norway. Based in Hong Kong, I help young professionals, PhD candidates and university students build meaningful careers.

Julianne Yang

I design and run career workshops and training sessions at universities and companies. I also offer bespoke, one-on-one career coaching. You can read more about my workshops and coaching here.

When I’m not running workshops or career coaching, I freelance as a talent acquisition consultant. I help small- to medium-sized tech companies with all things related to hiring – from writing job listings, picking candidates, conducting interviews, and developing employer branding.

Background and experience

As an education professional and former researcher in the humanities, I draw on years of international experience with teaching, mentoring, and developing learning programs at top universities in Hong Kong and Norway.

I have pedagogical training from The University of Oslo, where I was a PhD researcher between 2015 and 2018. Prior to that, I worked for 4 years at The University of Hong Kong, where I taught and mentored hundreds of students, and helped design courses in the humanities. I have extensive experience with organizing workshops and with public speaking. In the last 4 years, I have been a guest lecturer or speaker at conferences in Hong Kong, the UK, the US, Romania and Norway, in addition to being a visiting Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and The University of Washington, Seattle in 2016.

Born and raised in Norway, I have lived in Hong Kong for 7+ years. I speak Norwegian and English, intermediate Shanghainese, and basic Cantonese and Mandarin. As a Norwegian-born Chinese (and as an alumnus of The University of Hong Kong), I understand the challenges that my clients face, whether they see themselves as local, international, or a combination. I draw on my international work experience and cross-cultural background to support and guide my clients – helping them to better understand themselves, identify their own goals, and stay accountable to those goals.

From “Inspiring Women: An intimate conversation with three female founders”, organized in collaboration with the Common Core office at The University of Hong Kong.

From “Inspiring Women: An intimate conversation with three female founders”, organized in collaboration with the Common Core office at The University of Hong Kong.

My philosophy

Building a meaningful career is hard work – but it doesn’t have to be lonely work. I think many of us believe that applying for jobs, and trying to figure out one’s career, is ultimately an individual project: something you and you alone have to figure out. While this is partly true (it is your life, so it is your project), I’m convinced that asking others for advice is important. It’s part and parcel of understanding who you are, and who you want to become.

I believe that the most exciting opportunities in life come to us only partly because we work hard. It’s just as important to have the right people around us: People who see our potential and let us know they’re on our team. Who listen to and understand our needs. Who help us discover what we need and want in times when feel lost.

I started working as a career coach and career counsellor because I know what a difference it makes to be supported through the different stages of a job search. I’ve had the privilege of having supportive mentors in my life, but am aware that these kinds of people are rare and hard to find. If you’re looking for support, coaching, and help with finding direction in your career, you’ve come to the right place.