As a career coach, I often talk with people who have no previous experience of professional coaching.
Top athletes work with performance coaches to stay on track and get better results.
But what about working with a career coach?
Read this page for an overview of how career coaching works and what to expect .
Your 5-step Career Coaching Blueprint
Step 1. Assess yourself and your career situation
Coaching starts with you. Each person’s experience is different.
What are your biggest questions and concerns? What are your career goals?
What’s most important to you?
Coaching will support you to answer these questions in a way that makes sense for you and your situation.
Once you clarify your current situation, strengths, skills, values, and future aspirations you have the strong foundation you need to move ahead with greater ease and in a more focused way.
Step 2. Understand your world of work
What is your career goal? Do you want to advance? Do you want to change direction?
Whatever is most important to you, it is essential that you consider your work environment. Understanding the job market is the second step.
What trends are most relevant to you? Where are the potential opportunities? What are the trade-offs?
Coaching helps you to ask the most important questions, including the challenging ones that it can be easier to avoid.
Working through this phase means you are better equipped to evaluate your options and ready to make informed choices.
Step 3. Design a strategy to fit your career intentions
Now that you have dedicated time to clarify your needs and preferences, the next step is to devise a strategy that will help you to move forward with your career change and job search.
The focus of coaching work during step 3 is to design a feasible strategy.
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What approaches will you choose that build on your strengths? What can you do to leverage your time and effort so that you attain your objectives more quickly and more easily?
Coaching helps you evaluate options and make informed choices.
Step 4. Implement action through a step-by-step career change and job search plan
You can expect to have questions and to experience doubts and uncertainty as you move through your career transition process.
A tangible plan that is personalized for you and based on clear manageable steps helps you to stay on track and recover from setbacks so that you continue to make progress towards your desired goals.
Coaching helps you to do this in a realistic and sustainable way.
Step 5. Test and tally your progress towards your career goals
Life doesn’t stay “on hold” while you work on making the changes you want.
Your plan will need to be both flexible and sustainable.
A system of accountability and support allows you to monitor your progress, get the right help at the right time, and adapt as needed to continue moving forward.
Understanding Career Coaching: A 5-Step Blueprint for Easier Career Change
So now you have an overview of the 5-step process that I use to coach professionals through their career dilemmas.
There are many different choices to make when you decide to make a change in your career.
It can be difficult to know where to begin.
Whether or not you choose coaching, try out this 5-step blueprint to get started on your career change.
- Assess yourself and your situation
- Understand your world of work
- Design a strategy to fit your intentions
- Implement action with a step-by-step plan
- Test and tally your progress.