Many professionals don’t realise the benefits of having a career coach and therefore miss out on what this type of coaching can do for them. So, in this article, I try to answer most of the common questions about career coaching. Here I am sharing what a career coach does, what benefits you can expect and the common misconceptions are.
If you have any questions, or if you want to chat about your current circumstances to find out how you can benefit from career coaching, then please get in touch. I’m here for you any time!
What does a career coach do?
Figure out what you want to do
Get clear on your career path
Create a coherent career story
Figure out your true potential
Gain career confidence and inspiration
Pitch your personal brand in a compelling manner
In summary, the goal of career coaching is to empower professionals. They help them make informed decisions about their career direction.
I call it a solution-based approach to career decisions.
Most importantly, a career coach focuses on results, actions and accountability. They start right where you are “now”. And can help you to clarify the work you want to do and find a career that allows you to thrive.
A good career coach does this by working with you to discover your underlying vales and your purpose. They will also help you uncover any issues that may be impacting your confidence so that you can create a career story.
By assessing your personality, skills and strengths, a career coach can give you a different perspective on who you are. You’ll then have a better understanding about why your current role or career isn’t working for you.
Through questions and discussions, you can work with your coach to develop a career vision for yourself. You’ll establish your long-term career goals and create a career plan that will help you achieve them.
Finally, once you’re clear about what you want, your career coach will help you structure your job search, put together job applications and coach you through the interview process.
What are the benefits?
Career coaching is valuable in many ways. Here are my top 3 points
You get personalised, expert advice that is tailored to your specific situation. Career coaching will give you the tools to assess your current career situation, identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as your differentiating factors, identify potential skills gaps and recommend actions to fill them.
You dedicate time to focus on your career. It’s very common among professionals to not make time to work on their career due to their daily routine. With a career coach you’ll have well-defined, realistic goals and a clear action plan, which will make it easier to organise yourself and work towards your career objectives.
You get to test new ideas and messages in a safe environment. Career coaching is a fantastic opportunity to test and improve your pitch as a leader. Alongside an expert, you’ll craft a compelling story that resonates with recruiters and address potential pitfalls in mock interviews. You’ll gain the confidence needed to build smart and convincing strategies to prove you’re the best candidate for the role.
When do you need career coaching?
You can choose to work with a career coach at any point in your career. There are specific times when seeking a career coach will be especially helpful.
Those include times when you’re frustrated with your current career , or when you’re not getting any positive result with your job hunt. You’ll also benefits from career coaching when your work is having a significant negative impact on you and your life.
Being promoted into a new leadership role is also a great moment to work with a career coach. Because they’ll be able to help you define your career vision as a leader and develop your personal brand so that you have a positive impact on your new team.
What you should expect to get?
With the right amount of career coaching you can 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. The job search can create a fair amount of anxiety, fear and vulnerability in people, and I often work with clients to unwrap those emotions so they can better understand how these factors may be keeping them stuck in their careers. So I always tell people that it’s important you find a career coach that is compatible. One that abides by a clear code of ethics. Check out their story and find out what they are all about. Here’s mine as an example.
What not to expect from a career coaching program?
- A career coach is a facilitator not a fortune teller. Don’t expect your career coach to tell you what to do with your life. They’ll give you the keys to discover what you want. Use them as a guide and mentor to make long-lasting changes in your professional life, position yourself for success and make the most out of your skills and knowledge in order to meet your career goals. Be accountable for your career decisions.
- Don’t expect your career coach to do everything for you. The success of this process relied on you taking action. Let the collaboration flow. Coaching does not work unless you do. Your coach will assist you with your career challenges and job application process but won’t do it for you. Be prepared to take action!
- Don’t expect to not be challenged by your career coach. Your coach will make sure your career project is solid by challenging your initial ideas. They’ll do it until you really feel comfortable with your next career step. It is important to question your goal to make it consistent. Be open to challenges!
- Don’t expect to resolve your career challenges with one session. There’s a popular notion that you need only attend 1 career-coaching session and your job challenges will be resolved. It actually takes about 8 to 10 hours for the typical client to begin internalising the key benefits of coaching.
How much does it cost to hire a career coach?
Normally, the fees charged by career coaches range from £150-500 for a two-hour session. Some career coaches may offer different cost effective programmes that allow you to book a set number of sessions upfront
It will depend on the coach but the sessions are usually paid upfront. The price is generally set after a free initial diagnostic session. To assess your needs, this call will also help you get a feel for the coach and their methods before deciding whether or not you want to continue.
Book your free coaching discovery sessions now at a time that suits you.
There’s nothing to be gained by being miserable, frustrated or stuck in your career. You’re just missing out on what life has to offer. Simply talking to a career coach can open up your mind to new possibilities.