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What is Career Coaching

Everyone deserves a rewarding career!

A more formal definition of career coaching states that a Career Coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximise your personal and professional potential. Coaches honor you as the expert in your life and work and believe you are creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve

  • Encourage self-discovery

  • Elicit solutions and strategies

  • Hold you responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

Do I need a Career Coach?

Think about athletes or chessplayers. You aren’t going to be an expert the first time you try. In fact, you can try and try but may never even become mediocre! Is managing your career any different? Most people aren’t educated sufficiently on how to manage their careers. Even then, most people aren’t able to see themselves as others do.

There’s also a myth that only high-powered vice presidents and C-level executives use coaches to help their careers. That’s no longer the case. Career coaching is now pervasive in every line of work and every career stage, starting from graduation

There’s another myth that coaching isn’t necessary when you have a job. If you have a good job or work for a good company then you are fortunate and should capitalise on this opportunity. Now you can begin developing your career into the one you’ve always wanted. Five years may pass quickly at this job – where will you be then? Will you be happier and more satisfied?

It’s true that career coaches are widely known for helping with a job search or career transition but they are just as valuable for helping clients make the most out of their job and the opportunities at the company he or she works for. Career coaches help you achieve your long-term career vision by helping you create goals and the plans to achieve them.

Why it is your responsibility

Ask yourself this, “is the company you are working for helping you reach your personal and career goals?” Unfortunately, most aren’t, however, many companies are starting to provide coaching to their employees as a way of increasing engagement. What about your boss? Unfortunately, your boss needs to focus on his or her goals and how you are going to contribute to them. Hopefully, he or she is interested in your development but they are not responsible for your career. You are. This is why it’s up to you to “own your career”.

Fortunately, career coaching is easily one of the smartest investments you can make. Why? Number one, because your happiness is at stake. You spend a large slice of your life working and deserve to enjoy it and be happy. Number two, because an increase in your future earnings can easily cover the cost of coaching. When you find the right career you will make your mark on this world and be compensated according to your merit.

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