What Is Career Coaching?
Often, management does not have the time or skills necessary to help you realize your career dreams. Your job exists in order to execute someone else’s dream.
A career coach provides you the personal support and guidance needed to make career decisions that fit your goals. Simply put, career coaching helps you gain clarity and focus around your career dreams. Career coaching topics range from job and/or career transition, personal branding, interviewing to career possibilities, relationship building and leadership skills.
Together, we partner to establish your career goals and create actionable plans towards those goals. We identify the skills you currently have and find ways to capitalize on those skills to achieve your career goals. We discover your strengths and challenges. We find ways to turn challenges into opportunities, even in your current position.
How Can A Career Coach Help You?
If you feel as though your job or profession could be more rewarding or fulfilling, a career coach may be the right choice for you. Career coaching empowers you to make decisions and choices towards your career that meet your goals, values and season of life.
Consider this. If you wanted to learn to play golf, you most likely would hire a coach. You would do this because you don’t know where to start, even from choosing which clubs to buy. You want to learn as quickly and efficiently as possible so that you can get out on the course and start playing a fair game of golf. These are the exact ways a career coach can help you. A career coach can help reduce your learning curve by identifying your goals and keeping you laser focused on your outcome. It’s gets you up to speed faster than if you try to do it by yourself, through trial and error.
A career coach assists your professional life in the following ways:
- create a clear vision of what you desire
- communicate clearly & effectively
- assess your personal brand
- identify and address what holds you back
- discover personal leadership skills
- learn to manage priorities and increase efficiency
- identify skills and knowledge strengths and gaps
- explore new career options
- hold difficult conversations
- understand your personality type and use it to your advantage
- strategize goals and create action plans to fulfill your vision
- acquire solid interviewing skills
One cool thing about career coaching is that while you are struggling with your professional goals, it is almost guaranteed that this struggle is impacting every other area of your life. The skills and habits you create through the career coaching process can be applied to all other areas of life.
You Should Hire A Career Coach If…
- You’re fresh out of college and are not sure where to go, what to do.
- You don’t know where to start.
- You’re frustrated with your current position. You seem to continually get passed over for promotions. You never get that raise you are promised.
- You know the next move, you just don’t know how to make it.
- You don’t like what you’re doing. Going into the office brings you to tears.
- You’re ready for a change but aren’t not sure what you want or how to get there.
- It’s been awhile since you were in the ‘interview game’.
- You don’t get paid enough to do your job.
- You have outgrown your career or position.
- You want more [insert your word here] but aren’t having luck achieving it.
- You’re just stuck. You fee too old, too young, not enough of this or that.
- You can’t stand your boss, you want to start your own business.
- You’re ready to own your career and take the steps necessary to move forward
A career coach will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you. It’s important to understand that the coaching relationship is a partnership where the coach guides, educations, suggests ideas and supports you. Your role is to be committed to taking action, evaluate possible solutions and make decisions that support you and your goals.