Sorry if you are the last to hear, but career coaching has joined that long list of nonsense phrases like guillotine tester – nonsense phrases or titles that simply show a loss of insight or consciousness. You might still be able to squeak by as a job coach, but to be a career coach is one of the greatest oxymorons of this age.
Are There no Careers or Is There no such Thing as Coaching?
That is a good question: No career? or No coaching? As a coach, I vote for the “no careers” option. But beyond the selfish aspects of this, I must say that the end of “career” as a concept is beyond dispute and takes the romance from the phrase: career coaching. So if you haven’t been laid off recently, you must have been laid off long ago, and are one of our nation’s chronically unemployed. Congratulations and welcome to the real world of today!
If We Don’t Have Careers, What Do We Have?
If people are smart, they realize that they have themselves and their businesses. Which means that you can still be a coach. But what kind of coach? The answer may be a solopreneur coach. Yes, a solopreneur, which means someone who is scared to death because they are on their own and are not sure if they have what it takes to succeed.
What Does this Mean if You Define Yourself as Being into Career Coaching?
My suggestion is to think positively and have two quick shots of “Jameson’s”. Then stepping back from the edge. I would say that career coaching has not really changed. It is just no longer defined in the context of a series of jobs, particularly in the same company. That’s right. You and I and all of our clients are defined as companies unto themselves. Companies defined unto themselves, and companies scared to death. And if that isn’t a coaching opportunity, then I don’t know what one is!
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach