Most of our clients are new to career coaching and wonder, “what is career coaching?” and “how can a career coach help me?” You may be wondering the same thing. So let’s look at what career coaching is and why it helps so many people. To address these questions, consider the following questions:
- How do you feel about your career?
- Do you love going to work?
- Do you feel you’ve reached your full potential?
- Are you appropriately compensated for the job you do?
- Do you feel there is something better for you out there?
- What are your short-term and long-term career goals?
- Is your career in alignment with your values?
Based on your answers to the questions above, could your career be more rewarding? Could you be more confident about your future? If you said “yes” then a career coach can help you.
Everyone deserves a rewarding career! Career coaches help you achieve that rewarding career through goal setting and action planning. Goals may include:
- land a higher paying job
- find a career that I love and is aligned with my values
- earn a promotion
- feel more connected to my career
- spend more time at home
- ace a job interview and get an offer
- reduce stress
Achieving your career goals can lead to positive changes in all areas of your life. Coaching empowers and educates you on how to take charge of your career and achieve the success you’ve dreamed of.
What is career coaching?
A more formal definition of career coaching from the International Federation of Coaching (ICF) states that a career coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential. Coaches honor you as the expert in your life and work and believe you are creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve
- Encourage self-discovery
- Elicit solutions and strategies
- Hold you responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
Is career coaching right for me?
Everyone needs a coach. Think about golf or ballet or playing chess. You aren’t going to be an expert the first time you try. In fact, you can try and try but may never even become mediocre! Is managing your career any different? Most people aren’t educated sufficiently on how to manage their careers. Even then, most people aren’t able to see themselves as others do.
Watch this video – it’s only 1-1/2 minutes long and reinforces that many of the greatest leaders in the world believe in the benefits of coaching.
There’s also a myth that only high-powered vice presidents and C-level executives use coaches to help their careers. That’s no longer the case. Career coaching is now pervasive in every line of work and every career stage, starting after high school.
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But I already have a good job.
There’s another myth that coaching isn’t necessary when you have a job. If you have a good job or work for a good company then you are fortunate and should capitalize on this opportunity. Now you can begin developing your career into the one you’ve always wanted. Five years may pass quickly at this job – where will you be then? Will you be happier and more satisfied?
It’s true that career coaches are widely known for helping with a job search or career transition but they are just as valuable for helping clients make the most out of their job and the opportunities at the company he or she works for. Career coaches help you achieve your long-term career vision by helping you create goals and the plans to achieve them.
Won’t my company and my boss take care of my career development?
Ask yourself this, “is the company you are working for helping you reach your personal and career goals?” Unfortunately, most aren’t, however, many companies are starting to provide coaching to their employees as a way of increasing engagement. What about your boss? Unfortunately, your boss needs to focus on his or her goals and how you are going to contribute to them. Hopefully, he or she is interested in your development but they are not responsible for your career. You are. This is why it’s up to you to “own your career”.
Fortunately, career coaching is easily one of the smartest investments you can make. Why? Number one, because your happiness is at stake. You spend a large slice of your life working and deserve to enjoy it and be happy. Number two, because an increase in your future earnings can easily cover the cost of coaching. When you find the right career you will make your mark on this world and be compensated according to your merit.