I wrote this document many years ago; it used to be on my resources page, but somehow it got missed on a website update. Found today, I’ve reviewed it and like it.
How do you make a choice?
Here are the questions you need to ask to ensure you get the right career coach for you.
It’s rare for people to sell their own home – we use professionals, both estate agents and solicitors. So why do so people choose to manage their career on their own?
Many people will spend a great deal of time working through books, hoping to find the answer, or being talked into a particular career from friends, family or a persuasive recruitment consultant. Then they wonder why they are dissatisfied.
It’s hard to understand all the different elements – how will you understand natural abilities without an assessment? Could you move into a different career without an expert guiding you in developing a strategy to make and develop relationships with those who can help you?
A career coach will help you to achieve your career goals and objectives, whatever stage of your career journey you are at.
A specialist career coach can help you understand who you are and create a plan to achieve a satisfying career; a job search strategist will help you through the stress of creating a job search plan and ensuring everything you do will move you quicker to a new job.
- Some people are at the exploration phase. They want help with self-discovery and to narrow down which of the thousands of career paths to follow. An ideal time is when we are 17/18 but for many people, they are in this phase in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. At any age you can explore different jobs but as we get older, we have more constraints – financial and personal commitments.
- Other people know what they want but need help in getting there. The support can include interview coaching, how to network, personal branding, how to target particular companies and more.
- Some people are successful in their career, but need to be able to discuss sensitive issues with someone who understands what it’s like to be in their position. They seek career management coaching and mentoring.
I’ve put this leaflet together to help you in your decision making to choose the right career coach for you. But it is a 2-way process, equally your career coach will want to ensure there is a good fit. I personally don’t work with every person who wants to work with me. For me I need to feel certain that my client will be involved and do the tasks I set them, that their objectives although may be a stretch are also realistic and that I’ll look forward to working with them and they will bring out my best.
Read on for helpful guidance and get in touch if you think I could help you.
I offer a complimentary consultation. You will provide some information including your CV in advance. This makes the best use of our time. You may find some people offer a 1-hour free consultation. Remember, nothing really is free and these are usually with sales consultants not the person you will work with.
Wishing you all the best, Denise