Career coaching basics
You hear people talking about career coaching, but what exactly is it? And when might a career coach be useful to you? Or more to the point … do you really need one? Can’t you coach yourself?
Well, let me give you my take on this. There are many times when you can coach yourself. The article linked right above gives you some starting tips.
Whether it’s a new job, a new career, or making the most out of your current job, many times you can get yourself there. Especially if you put in the work (research, networking, volunteering, trying things on for size, etc.)
But sometimes, you’ve tried everything you can think of and still feel the need for help. And that’s when an objective, experienced career coach can help get you past any mental and career roadblocks. And help you plan your roadmap to a better job, new career, or just a future you would enjoy.
What a career coach is & isn’t
But a coach is NOT someone who has all the answers. If anything, they have a lot of good questions. And can help you get to the answers that would work best for you.
To quote from my career coaching page:
…(a career coach should) listen objectively and provide support and feedback based on your personal needs. Together (you) can sort out and plan for what you really want, and which actions — even small steps to start — can help get you there.
But everyone is different. And so are coaches. It pays to put in some upfront effort to find one who is a good match. So if you do decide you want to work with a career coach, I suggest you interview each other. We all have different styles — and even different ideas of what career coaching is!
Even a coach who seems like a nice enough person may not be in sync with what your needs are at this time. Or may simply not feel like someone you can be totally comfortable with — sharing your hopes and dreams and even doubts and fears. And that part is very important.
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