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Career coaching supports both career transition and career growth. The foundation is passion and purpose by having a career that fulfills both your needs and desires professionally. Building upon that, areas such as professional performance, improved work-life balance, and advancement all contribute to define what career success looks like for you.
What is Career Coaching?
Career coaching is a one-on-one process that is designed to maximize your potential, development, learning, performance and success – both on a professional and personal level. It’s not entirely different from what is often referred to as ‘life coaching' with the key exception being the primary goals are career driven.
For those who are looking to grow in their current career, your coach will use assessments, listening, and language skills to support you in the process of finding balance and achieving greater performance. In addition to these, for those exploring career options, we will add practical elements such as professional presence, interviewing skills and personal marketing (i.e. resume, social media etc.).
In all cases, career coaching is about tapping into human potential and it puts great emphasis on the present and the future. It focuses on making changes in the present time and take advantage of experience-related learning (as it occurs in practical situations), rather than traditional learning, which often occurs in the context of hypothetical situations. Career coaching also has the added elements of accountability, responsibility, and follow-up, which differentiates it from many other learning and development methods.
Why Career Coaching?
While coaching can be used to correct identified gaps in performance and/or behavior, it is increasingly being used to develop and invest in future potential and provide support through transitions. Career coaching can not only strengthen leadership skills and help develop soft skills, it can also improve communication and inter-organizational relationships, time management and more. Many organizations are good at developing their employees in their required “hard” or practical/technical skills and training. However, career coaching can greatly help by enhancing “soft” or people skills, building strong relationships, lowering stress, and developing the emotional intelligence to be a successful and effective team player, leader, and manager.
Benefits of Career Coaching
The effects of career coaching are widely recognized in two areas, namely increased performance as a result of improved goal focus and effective learning, and improved relations as a result of better communication and self-awareness. The coaching process can help set defined goals and discover simpler ways of accomplishing them, which often times lead to lower stress and increased efficiency. Adding accountability, another important piece of the process, typically accelerates achievement of goals.
There are a number of possible benefits and areas of impact that can be felt as a result of professional coaching, both for the individual and the organization:
Increased productivity and performance, professionally and personally
Increased awareness and stronger interpersonal skills / reduced conflicts
Career development and transition support
Focused goal setting and execution
Enhanced confidence and empowerment
Improved communication, listening and decision-making skills
Greater capability to handle challenges and change
Improved problem-solving skills
Increased motivation and engagement
Ability to reframe challenges into opportunities
Improved time management and greater work-life balance
Ideal career coaching candidates share a common trait in that they want some sort of change in their lives. You must be willing, wanting and ready to put both work and energy into making changes happen. For career coaching to work at its best, it is essential that you are motivated to invest your time and energy into integrating the outcomes of the coaching sessions into your professional and possibly your personal life to maximize the benefits of coaching.
Career Coaching Session Structure
Career coaching is a process of change and growth, and although change can at times be almost instantaneous, often some trial and error is expected and normal. It takes time for new behaviors, perspectives, and ways of thinking to set root and find momentum as well as for action to take place and long-term learning and growth to be established.
To be truly effective, a minimum three month commitment is usually necessary, with virtual meetings every other week via Zoom. The frequency and duration of meetings are flexible, and it is not uncommon for clients to continue working with their life coach for longer periods of time.
Between regular sessions, you will be given ‘assignments’ (co-created between us) to work on, and it’s important to know that your time and willingness to take action on these assignments is key in order to successfully move towards your defined goals.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Recent College Graduate
Starting a job search felt overwhelming, but Don helped me develop a plan to get to the right position for me. Not only do I have a job I love, but I know how to find the next job!
Having done the same job for a number of years I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, much less how to go about finding something new. Now I'm really clear on what I want and on the way to getting it!
Professional Services Company
I was in a position I was good at, but didn't enjoy. Working on what I wanted out of my career (and life) helped me find a position that I'm great at and enjoy/
The Career Coaching Investment
Your Career Coaching program will be custom designed for you based on your needs and goals. The monthly cost is based on duration and frequency of our meetings. Our initial Discovery session is approximately 90 minutes and regular coaching sessions are set up to best support you, usually ranging from 30-60 min and either weekly or bi-weekly. Support via phone, text or email in between meetings is included in the monthly cost.
The Career Coaching Discovery Session
Our first session will be 90 minutes in order to complete the discovery portion and to kick-start our relationship. This initial session is critical, and several exercises will be sent to you to complete prior to the meeting. The discovery meeting covers some of the most important areas such as expectations, goals of life coaching, and sets the foundation of the sessions and the coaching relationship moving forward.
The Career Coaching Consultation
A consultation prior to the start of any coaching relationship will help set us up for success. This complimentary session is designed to allow both of us to get to know one another, ask questions and learn more about your goals and the coaching process. You can set up your no-obligation consultation using the link below!