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How To Make Career Decisions Without Going Around In Circles

Are you looking for help with your career?

At various points in our lives we can find ourselves needing help with our careers. This post helps you to understand what the role of a career coach is and whether it’s the right option for you.

Do any of the following sound familiar?

  • you’ve reached burnout and need to reassess
  • you feel like something is missing and want to find out what it is
  • you’ve been following a career path, but are wondering whether it’s making the most of your strengths
  • you’re interested in a promotion, but aren’t confident enough to move forward
  • you’ve taken on a new role and are struggling with self belief

The average person changes jobs 12 times in their lifetime

2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics

How can a career coach help?

A career coach can help you to gain clarity on your next steps. Coaches help you by giving you the time and space to think, working through what’s on your mind. As a coach my role is to ask you the incisive questions that help you uncover what your goals are, what might be holding you back and how you can get to where you want to be.

A coach isn’t there to tell you what to do. If you’re looking for advice you might find a mentor helpful. Mentors are typically people who are further along in their career journey than you. They can advise you how they got to where they are and act as a sounding board for challenges that you’re facing.

What if I want help to change career?

We often undervalue our strengths and achievements. If we’re looking to change career it can feel like a very scary leap. A career coach can help you to increase your self-awareness, enabling you to communicate your strengths with confidence. Together you can identify connections between your previous achievements and the role you’d like to pursue. A coach will help you to develop a roadmap, with small steps which can help to reduce the leap.

What is an employment coach?

Employment coaches often work with unemployed people, helping them to develop their employability skills. This can include providing advice on CV writing, interview techniques and job search strategy. I also offer these services. The sessions are a mix of coaching and advice. For example, I will coach you, to help you identify your strengths and achievements, then provide guidance on CV writing good practice to ensure that your CV has the best chance of success.

How can Coach The Difference help?

I’m a qualified Executive Coach with a triple accredited Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching. My clients are often professionals in career transition, who have recently secured a new role, or are looking to change roles.

I bring my experience as a senior leader, managing 5 multi-functional departments to my coaching. Within this role I was responsible for the recruitment, onboarding, mentoring and development of a large number of employees. I also work as a career coach for an outplacement charity helping unemployed professionals.

I offer 1-1 coaching, which is tailored to your needs. We work together for 6 – 8 sessions, meeting every 2 – 4 weeks. Coaching sessions are usually provided virtually via zoom, enabling you to fit them into your schedule.

If you would prefer face to face coaching it can be provided in my home office, a coffee shop, or as walking coaching in the Beaconsfield area.

If this sounds interesting please book a free 30 minute discovery call. Don’t worry, there’s no hard sell, it’s just an opportunity for us to find out whether we’re a good match.

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