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7 Facts about Career Coaching

How career coaching supports you in finding the right path for your career

If you are doing something you are passioned about and you really enjoy, it doesn’t really feel like hard work. It’s not like waking up on Monday morning, unsatisfied and unhappy about your current job situation. It’s right when you enjoy what you do, when it reflects your values, your interests, your strengths, and skills. Of course, not every day at work is fun, but you know what is meant.
Ask yourself, do you really enjoy what you are doing? Or are you in a situation where you must change something because of new circumstances?
In this article we give you 7 facts about career coaching and how it helps getting you where you would like to be in your career.

1. What is career coaching?

Coaching presents an opportunity to explore and discover your specific needs, areas of support, topics and subjects that require focus. It is a process to achieve your goals customised to your individual situation. No matter if you are returning to work having taken time out, achieving a personal career development, struggling with transitioning into a new role or if you just feel directionless in your current job. All scenarios can way heavy on the mind. Career coaching is not done in an hour. It is not just an update of your CV. It’s reflecting yourself through focused questioning, finding out what you really like to achieve, what your strengths are and how to enhance your current skills. Career coaching should provide guidance to enhance current skills. It inspires and encourages you to achieve your end goal and structures your future career path.

2. Why you should work with a career coach?

There are many reasons to work with a career coach. As explained career coaching is all about providing guidance to enhance current skills and to get on the right path for your individual desires. Some of the common reasons are:

  • Frustration: I don’t like my job, but I don’t know what to change. I have no idea what I can do with my skills.
  • Confusion and Cluelessness: I’m feeling stuck. I don’t know what I like to do and what to change.
  • Time for a Change: I need a more meaningful career path. I would like to relaunch or advance my career.
  • New Business: I don’t know how to start my own business. I’m scared.
  • Unemployment or current job search doesn’t work: CV isn’t generating any interviews or interviews don’t lead to success.
    The job market is tough, especially if you are using the wrong tactics.

3. How can you identify your values, interests, and skills with a career coach

The short answer is discovery and exploration. A coach asks the right questions, gets to know you and your needs to find out what role you should achieve and how to optimise what you do. Transparency is key, as is listening, encouraging open dialogue and communication through focused questioning that allows reflection. This also includes but is not limited to exploring new career opportunities, executing job searches, creating a personal brand on social media networks, updating and refreshing CVs, writing outstanding cover letters and more. But the most important part is increasing self-confidence, self-belief, motivation and providing clarification about yourself and your role.

4. How to choose the right coach?

Try to get to know the coach. How did the initial call feel? Are you comfortable with him or her discussing your personality, skills, weaknesses, challenges etc? What kind of clients has the coach worked with? Do you get a detailed explanation of the proposed coaching path? Coaching takes a process driven approach and examines any behavioural or emotional issues that are standing in the way of a person’s desired career ambitions.

5. How does it work operationally?

There are different options and ways to conduct career coaching. At first you can choose between personal or group coaching. Depending on your needs, it might be better to get an individual coach so you don’t have to worry what others think about the areas you want to work on or share so you can speak freely about your thoughts and feelings. Then you can choose between face-to-face coaching or virtual coaching through Zoom or any other digital platform. Of course, now during this Covid-19 pandemic there is only virtual coaching.

6. What can you achieve?

After a comprehensive and detailed career coaching you will gain career confidence, self-belief, and a structured career path to follow. Strategies that work for your individual needs and circumstances. Decreased levels of feelings of anxiety, stress, fear, and vulnerability regarding your future career. You will gain a clear understanding of challenges and obstacles standing in your way and develop strategies to overcome them. Another important goal is to make new decisions about your future without any fears. Furthermore, you will learn how to offer your skills and strengths to your current and prospective employers or to use them effectively as an entrepreneur. A sophisticated job search strategy should give you the right tools to secure the role or business and work life you want.

7. How do you get real results?

As mentioned, career coaching is not done in an hour. It requires effort, it will take work and commitment. If you don’t implement the changes that come about through your work together, your coach can’t do it for you either. You must take on responsibility, too. The coach will be with you on your journey to your wished career path. Be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. It’s this that will support you achieving our objectives.

Many clients ask how long it will take? There is no simple answer to this question. Everybody is different, has individual needs and goals. It totally depends on what you like to achieve.

Questions? You don’t know how to get started?

Just fill out the form or send an email to hello@matchfitconsults.com. We’d be delighted to be your partner in your career change.

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