Career coaching helps you identify your career goals, develop a strategy with action steps to reach those goals, and provide accountability as you move along the path to achieving your goals. Career coaches work with you to guide you in clarifying your career purpose and values and aligning them with all aspects of your life because a healthy career can have a direct effect on the health and happiness of all other parts of your life.
When you work with a career coach, you’ll collaborate to develop ideas and create your vision and strategic roadmap. Your coach won’t tell you what to do. Instead, your career coach will use proven listening and querying techniques to support you as you find your own answers. At times, your career coach might ask you if you’d like to work with them on specific training (such as an interview or personal image training) or if you’d like them to offer advice, but the power of coaching comes from enabling you to find your own way.
How Career Coaching Helps You
Career coaches focus on helping you achieve your personal definition of success. That could mean helping you make career choices or career changes, or it could mean working with you to prepare for a new career by developing resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn Profiles, job applications, job search techniques, and networking strategies. A career coach can also help you pursue advancement opportunities and reach your growth potential by working to secure promotions, raises, advanced degrees, training, and even negotiating a higher salary at a new job.
Keep in mind, career coaches don’t only work with people who are looking for a new job or hoping to get promoted. Career coaches can work with you at any point in your career where you’re feeling unfulfilled. This could include skills improvement such as leadership, public speaking, personal branding, communications, personnel management, team building, conflict resolution, networking, problem-solving, time management, work-life balance, profit-building, ethics, systems management, delegating, productivity, planning, decision-making, negotiating, and more. The right career coach (i.e., a career coach with a solid business background) can even help you pursue your entrepreneurial vision by starting a new business.
Should You Work with a Career Coach?
If you’re feeling stuck or unfulfilled in any aspect of your career, then working with a certified career coach can make a significant difference. Career coaches can help you no matter what industry or profession you work in. Business people, lawyers, healthcare providers, and every other type of professional you can think of could benefit from the relationship they’ll develop with their career coach. Even students who are preparing to enter the workforce can benefit from working with a career coach to establish their career vision and purpose, define their goals, and develop realistic and actionable steps to achieve those goals.
When a career coach motivates you, supports you, and holds you accountable for completing each step on your career journey, you’ll be amazed by the forward momentum you’ll gain and the progress you’ll make.
How to Choose a Career Coach
The first thing you should do when you decide to work with a career coach is to look for a certified career coach, but not just any certification will do. The truth is there are so many “certification programs” available today, that it can be difficult to determine which programs are the best. You want to make sure you’re working with a certified coach who holds a certification from a highly-respected coaching or university program.
At Wellbeing Coaches, all of our career coaches hold the Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) credential from the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC). They are also members of the PARW. This certification program is highly respected, and you can be confident that career coaches who complete the program and earn their certifications are exceptionally well-trained and educated in the processes, tools, and techniques of successful career coaching.
If you’re ready to pursue your career goals – or you’re ready to finally figure out what those goals are – then follow the link and Talk to a Coach from Wellbeing Coaches right now to learn if career coaching is right for you. You deserve to be healthy and happy in all aspects of your life, including your career, so get started today!