Many employees and business owners are signing up to having career coaches, from junior level right up to CEO level. Coaches will more often than not be senior to the individual. They are not required to work in the same business area/department as the individual.
Career coaches assist with the following;
1. Give you an understanding of yourself
2. Assist with helping to identify the right role you will thrive in
3. Help you stay clear and focused on where to go next in your career
4. Provide an external perspective on you and your situation
I have had a career coach for just over a year. Initially I had my doubts; how much preparation would I be expected to do before each session, how long would I need to commit, what value would it truly add to my personal development? I have a heavy workload as well as line manage a team of officers and wondered how I would also accommodate this.
Fast forward a year and I am benefiting greatly from having a career coach.
I have covered;
1. Where I currently am and where I would like to be
2. Finding practical solutions to short term challenges
3. Identifying opportunities to progress in my current role and beyond
4. Identifying my skill set
In my coaching sessions I find solutions to my challenges. My coach asks me a series of questions in order for me to explore further. More often than not the answer sat with me all along. I am learning about myself more and more. I take responsibility for my growth rather than resorting to laying the blame elsewhere. Without thinking, we can make excuses for our lack of progress and hide behind it. The truth is nobody wants us to progress more than we do therefore we need to decide to follow the right steps in order to achieve the required outcome.
If you are considering taking on a career coach, reflect on what you hope to achieve. You should have key goals, objectives and a defined purpose. You are responsible for ensuring regular coach sessions take place as this is your space, your learning, your development. Always attend coaching sessions with a laptop and/or a notepad to take notes. Ideas will come to mind whilst you are in mid flow.
Do you have a coach?
What have you gained from the coaching sessions?
What advice would you give?