Career coaching is primarily focused on one area of your life – your future career. However, your values and dreams, your work and personal life are all interconnected. It’s important when you’re finding direction and answers to your questions about your working future, to remember that you will always be yourself, a special and unique person.
Coaches have different styles of working. It is important that you find the coach to suit you, that you find someone that you can connect with. Some coaches will employ various types of assessments and aptitude tests to see what type of work would suit you. One of these is called Psychometrics, a psychological measurement for those who want career advice. At Vision Coaching and Consulting, we concern ourselves completely with guiding you so you can find your own answers to your questions. What do I want now, what is my plan B if that doesn’t work out or I change my mind? Everyone has all the answers they need inside themselves, and a coach will help you source that knowledge.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom – Aristotle
What is very important to us in our 20s and 30s, may be very different to what we want later on in life. These days people might have several different careers in their working lives. Coaching is a process to facilitate your understanding of the ‘what and why’ in your life, your potential, your goals, and what will motivate you to achieve your dreams. It is not uncommon for people in their 50s and 60s to decide on a complete change in directions.
Everyone has an inner critic that usually repeats ‘put-downs’ that we heard as children. If you fully engage with the process you can work towards making your inner voice work for you rather than against you, gain confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What do you have to do to get there?
Some people over-identify with their job title, and this can cause anxiety at times of redundancy or retirement. It can also lead to self-doubt if they can't tell the difference between who they are and what they do. Your career is very important but no matter what your age or position, never forget that you, who you are as a person is also important. A career coach will refer to different areas of your life when talking about your dream job.
Career coaching helps with clarity about your professional goals, your career decisions, creating plans, recognising what gets in your way, and overcoming obstacles. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is ourselves and that voice inside us that warns us about failure.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid – Einstein.
Free handouts are available if you send us your email address. The topics include: career and workplace values; job satisfaction; work search; and interview preparation.