Career coaching for success is something that can pay big dividends for anyone -- college graduates looking for their first professional position, those who are in mid-career (and mid-life) -- and maybe especially for those who have lost their job or lost their way.
The first thing to do is recognize you need help. The second thing: Ask for it. For many of us, that's the hardest part. We're strong and capable and independent people. Ask for help? We'd rather poke out our eyes with a sharp stick.
The thing is, we all need help on occasion. And there is no shame in asking for it.
Where can you find that help? You can read books on various topics, which is a wonderful way to get new ideas, but there's no conversation, no give and take.
You can approach a colleague, a friend or family member for assistance. These could be excellent resources, and most people are willing to help. However, there are limitations here, too.
At best, help will be short term, as people have their own lives to live and challenges to face. At worst, you could be asking for a hand from people who will (inadvertently or otherwise) sabotage your efforts because they have a stake in keeping you just the way you are.
A colleague may worry about losing a work buddy. Your best friend may feel like you're leaving her behind. Your spouse could be concerned about how your changes will affect the family income.
This is why career coaching -- any type of coaching -- works. A coach doesn't carry any emotional baggage into your relationship; your coach wants what you want. Period. Your coach's only goal is to help you get to where you want to go.
How does that happen?
Coaching begins with a wide-ranging questionnaire that addresses all avenues of your life, including where you are likely to procrastinate, what gives you energy, how much money you need, how your life would change if you got what you want and more.
Based on that initial assessment, you and your career coach will meet regularly (usually over the phone, but it could be in person) to talk about your goals. Don't have any goals? That's part of what your coach is there to help you determine.
Some likely points of conversation:
Clients often come to coaching with a specific goal in mind -- only to learn that, well, maybe that wasn't it at all. And that's perfectly OK. Coaches will help you examine your stated goals, or help you come up with new ones, and keep you accountable along the way.
This involves not just how well you can complete an Excel worksheet, for example, but how you interact with others, your ability to solve problems, and your leadership abilities. Are you well organized? Do you play well with others? Are you a great listener?
In order to benefit from coaching of any type, you have to be ready for it and willing to do the work. It's not just about accomplishing tasks, but about self-discovery as well.
Curious about coaching? Go to www.key-dynamics.com/curious-about-coaching for a free download, call 451-9295 or e-mail Jackie@key-dynamics.com for a complementary session.