by Henry DeVries
You may not know her by face, but her voice is instantly recognizable. Known as The GPS Girl, Jacobsen’s speaking voice is in over 100 million GPS units giving drivers directions worldwide as “Australian Karen.”
“You could say I specialize in telling people ‘where to go,’” says Jacobsen, an Aussie who moved to New York over a decade ago and had an unexpected twist in her singing career when she got a 50-hour voiceover gig giving driving directions.
Today she is also an author who speaks to audiences on how to create a road map for their future. Jacobsen, who is also the Australian voice of Siri for the Apple iPhone, has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the NBC Today Show, the CBS Early Show, in The New York Times, Glamour magazine and was named one of People magazine’s Most Intriguing People.
In her book, “The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future,” she writes about how to listen to your Inner GPS and to “recalculate at any time in life” just as we do when driving. She knows drivers hate it when they get off course and hear her say “recalculating,” but she loves the word.
“I think the word recalculating is actually good news,” says Jacobsen. “It may mean you have been off track, but by the time you hear the word recalculating you are already back on the right road. Recalculating is how I got from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Apple.”
If your Inner GPS is suggesting a career recalculation, there is an upcoming free event that will help you plot the next step on your roadmap.
UC San Diego Extension is hosting a Continuing Education and Career Showcase featuring 21 different 60-minute workshops from 4:30 to 8 pm Thursday, September 19 at Extension’s University City Center located at 6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego. Free parking is available.
The workshops offer an overview of industry opportunities and corresponding continuing education courses. Workshops will cover engineering, personalized medicine, project management, business intelligence, clinical research, leadership, and health policy and law, among many other career topics.
Attendees will have a chance to meet instructors in person and learn about UC San Diego Extension’s portfolio of courses and certificates for career advancement and personal enrichment. Free certificate registration will be offered on the night of the event only, waiving the certificate registration fee for students who enroll in a course within a certificate program.