Career coaching is for everybody – not just for those ‘at the top’

You may think that career coaching is only for people chasing promotion. But the reality is that it can help you in many more ways than that.

A career coach can help you identify whether you’re in a job that’s right for you.

The impact of the pandemic has caused many of us to stop and question our working lives – what’s important to me? What can I change and how can I do it?

This is where a career coach can make all the difference. It doesn’t have to be about chasing upward moves. A career coach can help you examine career options that might better suit your personality and personal values, and help you identify other roles to consider.

What it involves

A career coach is a skilled career development professional who will help you work out where you want to go with your career and how to get there.

Your coach will help you reflect on your current employability skills, encouraging you to consider the knowledge, skills and experience you already possess.

Which of these can you accentuate on your CV, making it more relevant to where you want to be? Which parts of your CV can you reshape?

You may have been in your job for some time and feel out of practice navigating the practicalities of today’s changing employment job market.

A career coach helps you through this.

Stop, think and create a plan to move forward

After this initial reflection, your career coach will help you to develop an action plan to identify your career goals, targets and timescales to get you where you want to be.

All planned outcomes should be framed by realistic goals and expectations.

A good career coach will be very clear about this, but they can also suggest ways in which you could upskill or build experience for your next move.

It is very likely that they will ask you more questions than give you answers. But that is the point.

Your career coach is there to challenge you in a constructive and helpful way, helping you to think about how you want to spend your working life.

They are there to help you stop, think and create that all-important plan to move forward.
It is your future. You own it.

A career coach is there to empower you on that journey – whichever direction you choose.

Career Connect offers expert career coaching for people from all walks of life. Our career coaches are professionally qualified in Careers Information Advice and Guidance and have a wide range of experience in coaching adults and young people through their career ambitions.

Talk to a member of our team to find out how we can help you achieve your career needs. Contact Daisy Burns on 0151 600 7700 or via email [email protected]