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Career Coaching

If you’re looking to overcome obstacles at work, find out the career path that is right for you, or increase your chances of getting a new job or a promotion, career coaching might be just what you need! Keep reading to find out if career coaching is right for you.

What is Career Coaching?

Career coaching might sound pretty interesting, but many people find themselves asking, “what is it, exactly?” Basically, career coaching is the process between a coach and a client of helping the client to identify and achieve his or her professional goals. Let’s look at that idea a little more in depth.

A career coach provides one-on-one help to guide the client down the route to finding their ideal career, a job in which they feel fulfilled and useful. Generally, the journey begins with helping a client to assess his or her talents and interests. Coaches and clients also need to spend some time identifying and overcoming any barriers that may be keeping a client from achieving success, such as depression, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, lack of self-discipline, or fear of failure.

Next, the career coach helps the client to understand and evaluate their own professional desires and dreams. Working together, the coach and client set new goals for the client. This may include finding a new profession entirely, finding a new job, or reaching for a promotion.

Once goals are set, the client and coach can break them down into manageable chunks; such as improving a resume, maximizing social media, improving networking techniques, accessing training, and so forth. The coach both guides and encourages the client as he or she takes new initiatives.

What is the Role of the Career Coach?

Before we answer that question, let’s clarify first what a career coach is not. A career coach is not your boss: he or she will not tell you what career or job you should have or force you into a particular decision. It is commonly believed that a career coach will get you a job, but that too, is a misconception.

The role of the career coach is to help each client assess their professional situation and dreams, while being honest, curious, attentive, empathetic, compassionate, and helpful. The career coach facilitates a solution-focused approach.
Career coaching generally requires at least 8-12 sessions, and a career coach is able not only to guide you through the process, but also to provide expertise and assessments in terms of career interests, skills, resumes, social networking, applying for jobs, and getting promotions.

How Can a Career Coach Help?

A career coach can help you to gain new insight, improve your confidence, and acquire inspiration for your career. All the usual career problems, such as being in the wrong job, feeling stuck or under-utilised at work, and not knowing how to find a new job or career can be addressed by working with a coach.
Looking for a job or a career or a promotion can create a good amount of fear, anxiety, and vulnerability in many people. Help from a career coach helps to take that edge off, guiding the client so that they can perform at their best.

By and large, clients can reasonably expect to gain career confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration. They should also feel as if the coaching relationship grants them some permission to relax a little and truly discover what it is they want to be doing.

Do I Need a Career Coach?

If you don’t know what you want to do, if you have a job but it doesn’t feel right, or if you feel stuck and unfulfilled at work, then chances are you would benefit from having a career coach!

And, if you’re ready to attack your issues, to open up to another person and accept help, and to make changes so that you can find and achieve your career goals, then you’re probably ready for career coaching.

Career coaching is helpful for people who are in transition, who have lost their jobs, who have just graduated college, who have been stuck in the same position for too long, or who just want something more from their work experience.

It’s even possible for career coaching to take place over the internet ;), so you don’t have to lose time traveling to a coach’s office or leave the comfort of your home. Career coaching might just give you the boost you need to find new satisfaction in your work!