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Angela Copeland Gives TEDx Talk on Career Interference

If you’re struggling to find a job in today’s market, Angela Copeland can relate. Copeland was midway through a pricey college degree in computer and systems engineering in 2000 when the dot-com crash happened. That experience would lead Copeland through a career path she could not have predicted, from engineer to project manager to digital marketing executive – and now, career coach.

Copeland, the founder of Copeland Coaching, was recently invited to share her inspiring personal story at TEDxWorthingon in Columbus, Ohio. Her TEDx Talk, titled “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job,” shares her story of not waiting for permission and a little obsession Copeland developed along the way. “It turns out, I really like interviewing,” Copeland said. “I once snuck into a graduate school campus where I didn’t go in order to get a job interview. When word got out about my ‘love,’ people starting asking me for help with their careers.”

In addition to speaking at TEDxWorthington, Copeland just released her book, Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job, in January. “Job seekers are tired of applying online and hearing nothing back. It can feel like a black hole. Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job is my roadmap for getting around this frustrating process – and really jumpstarting your job search. This is the perfect time to reinvent your career!” Copeland said.

The video of Copeland’s TEDx Talk is now available online on the TEDx YouTube Channel at

About Angela Copeland: In her previous career, Copeland was a Vice President of Digital and eCommerce at First Tennessee Bank, and Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing at well-known home services company ServiceMaster. She also has worked at General Motors, Westinghouse, FedEx and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. She earned a MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Copeland is now a career coach at her firm, Copeland Coaching. She helps job seekers all over the U.S. and internationally find great new careers. She also hosts a career podcast called the Copeland Coaching Podcast, and authors a syndicated newspaper column called the Career Corner Column.

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