For many people who look further into career coaching, their current job isn’t fulfilling their professional needs. They may feel bored, unmotivated and unfulfilled and might not know what new career path would satisfy them. They might also feel they’re unable to risk leaving their current role due to the unstable market. If you can relate to these problems, you might want to consider employing a career coach.
Career coaching can help you with your current job, establish your professional goals, and aid you in making a career change. A career coach will never tell you what to do, but they can give you advice to make that all-important career transition, or can give the extra help you need to work towards a new skill that will help you advance in your current role. The overall goal of a career coach is to set you on your way to a more fulfilling work life.
If you do choose to seek career advice from a professional coach, topics covered may include the following:
• Identifying your perfect career.
• Working out what would make you truly happy.
• Considering issues that could be having an impact on your work life.
• Helping you to identify negative thought and behaviour patterns so that you can change them.
• Identifying and overcoming obstacles that hold you back.
• Learning to make the most of your skills, attributes and experiences.
• Assistance with using creative ways to find an occupation that suits you.
• Realising the importance and impact of your work within your life.
• Formulating a set of attainable goals and a plan of action.
• Taking steps to change your life and become healthier and happier.
Secondary school students and school/college leavers
Thinking about embarking on a career can be very daunting for secondary school students and school/college leavers. They may have chosen subjects for their GCSEs or A levels, only to find out that they don’t enjoy them – so where do they go next? A career coach can help the student or recent school/college leaver map out a path through further education and discuss what training opportunities are available. Whether it’s to continue education or go straight into work, a career coach will support them every step of the way.
Unfortunately, graduating with a degree does not always guarantee a job – it’s very difficult for universities to ensure every student leaves with a working position to move on to. So, if you are about to leave university, or have already left, and are struggling to find a job, a career coach could be a worthwhile investment.
You will receive tailored help for someone who is just starting out in their career. It will focus on finding out what potential employers are looking for and learning how to present yourself throughout each stage of the process.
Leaving university early or not achieving a degree you are happy with
Leaving university early or not achieving a degree that you are happy with can be very disheartening. You may feel you have lost your way, not knowing where to go next. These feelings typically occur when you cease to receive the ongoing support from your university that you have become accustomed to. A career coach, however, can step in and offer you the advice and guidance to help you get back on your feet and move forward.
Am I ready for a career change – is it the right decision?
You might be thinking of a career change, but aren’t fully committed to the idea. If so, try answering the following questions that may help you to decide whether it’s time to take the plunge:
• What do you want from your job apart from money?
• What percentage of the time do you feel positive at work?
• What do you enjoy most in your current job?
• What do you wish you could do in your current job that you don’t already?
• What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
• What career did you want when you were young? Is this what you have now?
If you imagine you’re old and are looking back on your life, what job would you like to see yourself doing? Is it the one you currently have?
If you have mostly positive answers to the above questions, it may be that you don’t need a career change, but perhaps a new job or change of company instead. It may even be that your work is not the primary cause of your unhappiness. When you are at the centre of a situation it can sometimes be difficult to take a step back, remove yourself, and understand what’s really going on. Career coaching sessions however, can help you to do this from an unbiased and neutral perspective.
If you answered negatively to the questions, then some career change advice could be very helpful to you. With career coaching, a coach can discuss your goals and aspirations with you and assist you in finding an occupation that fits with your values and beliefs.
How can career coaching help?
Career coaching will allow you to explore who you are and what you really want from your work. It will help you to find out what you’ll need from a new job to fulfil you. You will then can investigate possible employment options and formulate an action plan of how to get you from where you are now to where you want to be.
Anyone unhappy in their profession can benefit from career coaching. Whether you’re in the first phase of your working life or experiencing the height of success, consulting a career coach may be useful if you are unhappy or unsure where to go next.
With the support of career coaching, you might be able to discover how to feel more fulfilled in your current job, get a new job or decide to change careers completely. Exploring your values and beliefs and what makes you happy in your work will often lead to the right decision for you.
What will a session be like?
Depending on the coach, you may be able to have career coaching sessions over the phone, face-to-face or online. Whichever format you choose, in your first session your career coach will discuss the various topics you may want to cover in your upcoming sessions.
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