Career Coaching – Seriously Who Needs Them…. You DO
There are countless definitions, concepts and terminology for career coaching. I am not going to argue the toss in terms of what it means, other than to say generally they assist to resolve various challenges and issues you may face in your career.
Having said this, if you are feeling stuck in your career and need help getting to the next level or maybe you are deciding whether to change course. You might be dealing with a specific challenge, whether it’s a new leadership role or a skill that you haven’t quite mastered. This is the time a good career coach can help you, but it’s important you know what you want out of the relationship.
It can be hard to find the right career coach in a sea of available options. Ideally, you’ll get a recommendation from someone you trust, but even then, the right coach for your friend may not be the right one for you. In my view you should feel a connection with your coach from the first conversation. I look for someone with a combination of a behavioral science background, such as psychology or social work, and real-world career experience, ideally in your industry or with your demographic.
As a coach I often first meet clients through your employer’s benefits or professional development resources. I am always explicit about whether this is a relationship just between the two of us or one that includes your supervisor or the human resources department. It can vary depending on the circumstances.
Remember, you are not revealing a fatal weakness by seeking coaching. If there’s an area where you need to improve, it’s just like working with a nutrition or fitness coach. Like all things in life, what you get out of the relationship is dependent on what you put in. Your coach is a partner, not a caretaker and lasting changes takes time and effort.