Can a career coach help you get the career you want? Who needs a career coach? These are questions you may be thinking about as you contemplate your future.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a useful way of developing people’s skills and abilities. Coaching helps to boost performance, and increase happiness and fulfillment. A coach helps you create a new you by improving the old you.
What is Career Coaching?
Career coaching is a process which helps individuals assess their talents, identify their career goals, and make changes in order to pursue the career of their dreams, Coaching helps people change careers, enhance their current career, or determine the type of career they truly desire.
How a Career Coach Can Help You
In an ever-changing, fast-paced world where companies start, fail, and merge, where people move from place to place, and economic environments seem to be one extended roller coaster ride, career choices can be difficult. In the past, most people would select a career, and there they would stay for their remainder of their working lives. However, the 21st century brings great challenges and offers fantastic opportunities, no matter your age or how long you’ve been in a certain career.
A career coach can help you whether you’re a recent college graduate or you’ve just been let go from your work after 30 years on the job.
A career coach can help you find your passion, identify your career goals, and create a strategy to get to those goals. No matter what career you want or how old you are.
9 Benefits of Using a Career Coach
- Identify and then clarify your goals. What do you really want to be? Who do you really want to be? What is important – money, achievement, recognition, passion, time? Where do you want to be in one year…five years…twenty years?
- Assess your abilities, talents, and true potential. Do you have what it takes to be what you want? Can you acquire the skills needed to reach your goals?
- Help you become more self-aware allowing you to reassess and redefine your goals. Helping you understand perception and reality will make a better candidate for a job and a better employee (or employer).
- Boost your confidence so you are ready to take on the challenges of acquiring new skills and diving into a new career. It takes confidence to reach your goals. It takes a little bit of attitude to get the career and life you want.
- Help you work with your emotions prior to beginning a change of careers. Family, friends, leisure activities, and past successes and failures all play into your emotions and often create emotional baggage.
- Create an action plan – a strategy for getting to your goals. How to get started, where you need to stop along the way, what forks in the road you may face. A plan from start to finish that will set you on the road to your goals.
- Help you prepare for job interviews, resumes, and the stresses of the job search. Help you locate potential markets for your skills and provide you with tips on securing that coveted job.
- Help you with educational needs and resources, skills acquisition, and the improvement of your abilities.
- Help you overcome obstacles, both real and imagined, both tangible and intangible. Help you deal with your own fears about starting out in the world (or restarting in the world).
The job market is competitive and difficult. You can use a mentor, a guide, an adviser. You can use someone who will tell you the truth, partner with you as you reach for success. You can use someone with knowledge about careers and the job market – you can use a career coach.
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