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Could Career Coaching Help You In Your Career?

Updated on June 7, 2010

If your career has stagnated and you feel as if you are stuck in a rut, career coaching can reignite your career prospects. Many people are reluctant to hire a career coach as they are afraid that it will be a waste of money. However, receiving advice and support from a professional career coach can go a long way towards landing your dream job. Professional career coaching can benefit most employees, but it is especially beneficial for those who are currently less than happy in a current job role. 

How Can Career Coaching Help Me?

Career coaching can have several benefits. Many people hire a career coach if they are looking to change careers. It is often difficult to change careers effectively without outside help, especially if you are going to be moving into a career sector that is different to the one that you are currently working in. With the help and support of a career coach, you will be well prepared to make a successful transition. 

While preparing for a career change is a popular reason for hiring a career coach, there are other circumstances in each it can be beneficial to do so. For example, it can be useful to enlist a career coach if you want to get a promotion to gain more success without actually leaving your current job. In this scenario, a good career coach will be able to improve your focus and enthusiasm, and make you more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses so that your career objectives and goals are easier to put into action. 

Alternatively, a career coach can help you to improve your efficiency and productivity at work. This can impact on your workplace performance as a whole and make you a more valued employee. If you struggle with skills such as communication and presentation, a career coach can work with you to improve those areas.

Finding The Right Career Coach

Look for qualifications and credentials as these suggest that the career coach in question has experience in the industry. As there are not that many restrictions in terms of advertising professional coaching services, this is one of the ways that you can weed out those who are less qualified to be a successful career coach. 

Although qualifications and experience are undoubtedly important when it comes to selecting a professional coach, there should also be other factors involved in the process. Taking the time to meet potential career coaches face-to-face is a key part of choosing a career coach. As you will be working closely with your career coach, you should ensure that you have a good rapport together. This should help to get the best from the coaching relationship. 

Many professional coaches have their own individual coaching techniques, and this may take place in face-to-face meetings or over the telephone. In some cases, this may be a matter of preference. Location can also have an effect on the form that the coaching takes. If your career coach is not based locally, it may be difficult or even impossible to set up face-to-face coaching sessions. Telephone coaching sessions are the most popular form of coaching in this situation, and it is often the most convenient for both parties. 

Career coaching can be a good move in terms of improving your career prospects. A career coach can help in a variety of ways including helping you to make a successful transition between careers or offering advice to allow you to achieve your goals so that you can gain a promotion.  

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for the great idea.

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