Why everyone can benefit from a career coach...
Now let me start by saying that I am not an "out-sourcer" of life. I clean my own house, I wash my own car and I walk my own dogs but the one service I do use on a regular basis is that of a career coach. I deem this to be "therapy"....although I will caveat that by saying that my health fund doesn't seem to agree with me :)
I've always said that everyone should have therapy at least once in their life. This statement has been met with nods of approval and eye rolls but therapy can mean many things to many people.
Long ago I recognised that driving my career was a job in itself and interviewed four career coaches before I found one that I felt really understood me and my aspirations. My career coach approaches our sessions as a discipline comprised of two similar but distinct tracks: coaching and counselling.
It's not just the uber ambitious that benefit from career coaching. Coaches support people in making informed decisions about their career development and trajectory, as well as offer various tools that you can utilise —resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles—to meet those goals - even these days offering advice on what to show on your Instagram!!!
Not all career coaches are clinically trained and it's important when you are looking to interview a few to find someone that you gel with...it can seem exhausting but honestly, stick with it as this step is the most important. You want someone that will challenge you and make you feel uncomfortable but that will also create a safe environment for you to work through those feelings.
In general, “coaching” tends to be a solution-oriented approach, which involves working with you to see what concrete steps you can take to achieve career objectives. “Counselling,” however, is more process driven—you look at whether there are any behavioural, emotional or psychological issues that could be impeding your desired career ambitions.
But the core virtue of career coaching is to help people assess their professional situations with a greater degree of honesty, curiosity, empathy and compassion.
For those of you sitting there wondering what the average person expect to get from working with a career coach, let me explain as I too was once in that position.
By and large, you can reasonably expect to gain career confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration. You should also feel as if the coaching relationship grants you some permission to relax a bit. job searching or job movement can create a fair amount of anxiety, fear and vulnerability in people, and when you find the right career coach, they will work with you to unwrap those emotions so you can better understand how these factors may be stopping you from fulfilling your true potential.
Have you had any experiences with career coaches? Positive or otherwise?
If you think career coaching could help you, you can see a panel of some of Australia's best career coaches here at FlexCoach
Donna McLeod is an experienced talent acquisition leader with a focus on helping organisations to attract and build engaged relationships with existing and future employees through the development and delivery of proactive talent sourcing and strategic solutions. She is passionate about the delivery of a seamless, customer-centered recruitment experience for candidates and hiring managers / stakeholder groups.You can follow Donna here on Linkedin.