Career Coaching: What is it?

career coaching Jan 07, 2021

Career Coaching: What is it?

A professional career coach is skilled and trained in helping you create a personalized plan designed to meet your goals.  Following a thorough assessment of your strengths, a career coach will ask you a series of questions about your unique situation to make sure you have a strong understanding of why you’re unhappy in your current role or why you might prefer working in a different type of company such as corporation over a small startup.

As a Career and Life Coach, I will assist you in identifying your goals and creating a plan to meet them.  I have my PhD in Adult, Professional, and Community Education as well as a Master’s in Counseling & Guidance.

A Career Coach Can Minimize Stress and Anxiety

Being unemployed or unfulfilled at work often fosters difficult emotions, including doubt, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence. After all, nobody feels like jumping for joy after reading a rejection letter.

But being in a high-stress job with countless demands can also be troublesome and bad for your self-esteem. If you’re in a position you hate, working 40 or 50 hours a week, you might make you feel depressed and worried about the future.

Finding happiness in your work is an emotional process that involves processing and channeling challenging feelings like rejection and self-doubt in healthy ways rather than allowing them to sabotage your progress. As a Career and Life Coach, I can empower you to take action, overcome setbacks, and maintain your focus.

A Career Coach Can Provide Honest, Unbiased Feedback

Family and friends are often the first people we turn to for reassurance and advice during a job search, in spite of the fact that these folks aren’t always the most qualified or reliable. Their perspective is, of course, biased.

Coaches, on the other hand, offer unbiased, objective feedback tailored to your search and career goals.  Unlike your best friend or significant other, a mentor of this type will get to know your skills and aptitude as an employee and then go from there in helping you achieve your goals.

A Career Coach Can Not Do the Work for You

As a Career and Life Coach, I can and will provide you with the tools and resources necessary to make you and your career exploration successful, I am not here to do the work for you. It’s completely up to you to take what you learn in a session and run with it. That means being willing to put aside dedicated time to complete the action steps you set.  For example writing a journal entry on what your ideal workday looks like; applying for a job, or completing training.

A Career Coach Can’t Change Your Life Overnight

Major career change is a process—and an ongoing one at that. The time it takes to see results will vary based on your individual goals and where you are in your career. As your career coach, I can assist you with overcoming your unique challenges.  Some can be done relatively quickly such as working on a resume and interview preparation but other challenges may take more time. Such as working through issues of self-doubt, lack of confidence, and negativity can take significantly longer. Serious change doesn’t happen overnight.

A Career Coach Can’t Instantly Get You a Job

Career coaches are not magicians; they don’t promise you’ll be hired after an interview, and they don’t guarantee job placement. I can’t stress this point enough: The results of your sessions depend on the effort you devote to the process.

As a Career Coach, I am an ally, a trained professional who is familiar with your situation and dedicated to your success. I am here to help you identify goals, find or rekindle your passion, give you a competitive edge in your job search—with expert advice on crafting an excellent resume and cover letter—boost your confidence, and enable you to move forward in your career. 

Hiring a coach does come with a price tag, but the long-term benefits it can reap will hopefully make you happy that you invested. We are talking about your career, after all, the next 40 or so years of your life!

If you're ready to work with a career coach 1:1 or in group coaching. Check out my services here.

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