We’ve all wondered at some point during our careers what we’d like to do differently. And although we might be happy in our jobs and love the work that we do, we can all benefit from a little outside help if we’re wondering how to progress in our career.
How a career coach can help
Regardless of whether you need to make a big career decision or simply want to identify where you currently are, working with a career coach can really help you to focus. Career coaches are specially-trained and qualified professionals who help people to define their hopes and aspirations and light the way to achieving their true potential. A coach is there to help people explore a wide range of work-related issues such as developing management skills, identifying opportunities for promotion, gaining new skills or improving those they already have.
A career coach can also help to identify a person’s strengths while aiding their exploration of any areas that might need development. Career coaching is not about finding a brand new career (unless of course, that’s the goal of the sessions), but is about helping people to reach their career goals in a structured and positive way.
Sessions with a career coach can take place face-to-face or over the phone, and can last between 45 minutes to over an hour. The number of sessions people attend is dependent on their specific career issues and aims. You can start by exploring career coaching in more detail by visiting Life Coach Directory.
Career coaches can help you to get the best out of yourself by asking the right questions
When we’re feeling unsure about things, it can be hard for us to pinpoint exactly what we need to do to move things along. You might not know what to ask yourself at this stage, but a career coach can help you to look at things more objectively. Some common questions people ask themselves when they work with a career coach are:
- Is this the right career for me?
- Am I interested in developing in my current role, or do I want to go for a promotion?
- Which career building assignments can I take on to fast-track my career?
- What skills do I need to be able to move to the next stage?
- Do I need a specific qualification for the role I want to do?
- What do I really want out of work?
- What are some of the trends in my own industry?
- How can I network more effectively?
Career coaches are objective
When we’re confused about which direction to take, an objective viewpoint can be really helpful. Your friends and family may not be able to support you effectively if they can’t offer a balanced view – and remember too that they might not have any direct experience of your industry. However, career coaches by their very nature are objective and non-judgmental and will help you to identify key aspects in preparation for moving forward and reaching your goals. Career coaching can help you to objectively identify:
- Where you might want to focus your efforts for maximum benefit
- Your options – including ones that you might not have considered before
- What’s important to you in a career, working environment or role
- Ways you can make changes and move forward
To learn more about career coaching, visit The Coaching and Mentoring Network
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