Career coaching is a new type of career advice job seekers can now seek out to help determine what type of career path you are looking for. Career coaching can be used by those who have just graduated from university, those who are young professionals, mid-professionals or senior executives, but whatever the group you fit into, a career coach will help you complete your career goals faster than you would on your own.
This is because a career coach is your expert, guide, encourager and cheerleader. A career coach asks you where you are now in your career, where you want to be, what is in your way of achieving those goals, and then puts forwards ideas on how you can complete those goals. They keep you on track by making you break up your career goals into smaller steps so that you are able to complete each step in less time but also gain a sense of achievement when you achieve each small step. In addition to helping you establish your career goals, a career coach also keeps you accountable as they will be routinely asking and checking on if you have completed the small goals you have set for yourself, and pushing you to finish if you haven’t.
One strong advantage of using a career coach is that meetings can be done face-to-face, over the phone or even by Skype. This means you have access to a career coach who might live in a different area than you, or if you travel routinely, you can still touch base with your career coach. It is also up to you about what is discussed during career coaching sessions, so you are in charge of your own discussions and career advice.
Overall, a career coach is there to give you extra structure with your career goals and path, and help give you guidance and encouragement when making your career decisions. It can be stressful and unnerving if you have decided to start your own business, or switch your career field after working in the same field for a number of years, and a career coach is there to help listen to those fears and to help you work through them. They can also help you keep on track with your career goals and to try you, when needed, why you wanted to switch careers or bring you back to focus on your career goals and how to get there.