Even the most encouraging coach on the planet can’t make you finish the race.
You’re going to have to find it in yourself to chase it down all on your own
I love this quote and I agree with it 👍
However, this leads many readers to question,
– What does a Career Coach really do?
– With all the free career resources available online, from free assessments to YouTube self-help videos, podcasts and so on, why would I seek the help of a Certified Career Development Professional?
– What can a Career Growth Coach accomplish in 1, 2, or even 3 sessions?
– If I decide to work with a Career Professional, the titles are very confusing from Career Coach to Career Strategist and many others, how will I know how to choose the Professional who will best support me in my job search?
If you have any of these thoughts or questions going through your mind, you are not alone. The Career Development field is still young. Anyone working in the field understands this and is willing to meet with you to provide you with answers to these and other questions.
In fact, on the many occasions when I declare my profession as a Career Coach, I am often asked: So, what do you do?
My response is usually: Are you unsure of the next steps in your education/career journey? If the answer is yes, then I respond: You should be working with a career coach. I work with you to reflect and figure out these steps.
Career Professional’s Role
Just to facilitate these thoughts, here are some of the reasons that Career Professionals do exist:
– Help you envision your future
– Support you to reach your goals (for example, to finish the race)
– Be there for you when you are feeling stuck
– Provide a listening ear to figure out the reflection necessary to figure out the next steps
The list goes on…please add more if you are a Career Professional!
Knowledge To Reflect On
Regardless of what stage you are at in life, whether you are a young adult or a mature woman, reflecting on your future should be a priority. A Career Professional provides a listening ear that facilitates this reflection.
Clients who benefit from this type of support come from different backgrounds. They are students looking for volunteer opportunities to identify their interests; they are young adults who need help defining their path; they are women-in-transition such as stay-at-home moms looking to enter the workforce or start their own business; or executives ready for a career change. A Career Professional is their cheerleader and greatest supporter. He or she helps them envision their future.
While these clients are looking to narrow down their choices, their needs are unique to them. A Career Professional’s role is to actively listen and provide questions that guide them to successfully create their career story.
The process starts with a half-hour consultation which most Career Professionals offer for free or a nominal fee. The purpose of this consultation is twofold. It is an opportunity for you (the Client) to meet and decide if the Career Professional’s expertise, experience and style of coaching match the approach you are seeking. The same goes for the Career Professional who will decide whether or not he or she can provide you with the service you are seeking.
What happens next will depend on the number and type of sessions that you and your Career Professional decide are right for you. Services are promoted either as one session/multiple sessions or as specific coaching packages that include one or more services.
A single session helps you clarify a specific concern. A 3, 6 or 12-month package provides you with in-depth services where the Career Professional becomes your guide and accountability partner. The two of you schedule meetings, agree on type of impromptu communications and together use this time to envision the professional development that leads to career direction and success.
A Collaborative Effort
Career coaching is a collaborative effort where the Career Professional guides the Client, and the Client commits to put in the effort. With this commitment comes success. Are you ready to reflect on your career?
Yes, it’s your future and your journey and yes you have to put in all the hard work 😓 but sometimes you need an accountability partner to check on you and say, “how is it going?” or “is there anything I can do to help?”, Career Professionals do just that 💪