“Successful and fulfilling careers are the result of ambition, vision, planning and lots of determination. This may sound daunting, but when we take on this challenge, we take ownership of our professional development and our chances of building a satisfying career increases.” - Karin Mueller.
The benefits of seeking help
Career coaching can help you with your current job, establish your professional goals and support you in making a career change. A coach will never tell you what to do, but they can support you through decision making, and give you the time and space to talk about how you’re feeling, and understand what your goals are. The aim of career coaching is to help you understand what you want, the skills you need and how you can develop. A career coach will support you in making these initial steps, setting you on your way to a more fulfilling working life.
So, how can a career coach help?
There are many ways career coaching could benefit you, what you take away from it really is down to you and the reasons why you are seeking help. What you cover during sessions will depend on you and the coach, though common topics include:
improving your career progression within your current organisation
understanding your ‘perfect career’ and exploring your options
identifying and overcoming potential obstacles
learning to utilise your skills and experiences, and how to improve
interview coaching to help you stand out from the crowd
CV writing to help you get noticed
support in changing career paths
overcoming the feeling of being ‘stuck’ career-wise
positioning yourself for future opportunities
formulating a set of attainable goals and a plan of action
rebalancing your work and home life and manage personal priorities
returning to work after long-term leave or sickness
And you don’t need to be in a full-time role to benefit from career coaching. You may be a school or college leaver who feels a little lost after spending so long in education, not knowing where to turn next. You may be a university graduate; you may have spent years studying a particular subject, but realise it’s a career you no longer want to pursue. Not knowing exactly what you want to do is OK and totally normal (trust us, you’re not the only one) but know there are options available. Career coaching, or more suitably, youth coaching can help you recognise the skills you have, identify what jobs you are interested in and support you in achieving your goals.