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    How to Enhance Your Career with a Career Coach

    There are three broad areas where you can advance your career with a career coach: career transition, career development and career strategy.

    In our easy-to-read Get a Coach to Get Ahead eBook, you can find out more about what coaching is and how to use it to enhance your career.

    Let’s look at these areas now.

    Career Changing and/or Transitioning

    When you are going through transition in your career it’s really useful to work within a structured process. Most times we have an idea of what we need to do. We need to revamp our CV, send it to lots of recruitment agencies and so on. These are just examples of us identifying processes we hope will work. If you work with a good career coach they’ll have tight processes where some of the aforementioned actions will be important elements but there is a time and place within a process for them. Career coaches support you through the total process of structuring the move.

    Quite often where they start is helping you get clear on what you want to do. If you present yourself to the employment market without having a specific target you will risk not getting what you want. The key to enhancing your career with a career coach, in terms of career transition, is that you do go through the process in which you do things in the right order in a timely way. Explore options with your coach and make sure you’re crystal clear with a target for yourself.

    Explore our career transitioning workbooks and job search related eBooks to get valuable tips and advice from real career experts now. In particular, read How to Get the Job You Want 2.0.

    Career development

    When it comes to career development this is mainly about building skills. Career development is quite different now to what it was even 10 years ago. The traditional progression pathways have been closing down as result of shifting dynamics in the employment field, whether that’s to do with boundaries internationally moving, changes in demography or whatever. Individuals now have to take responsibility for their own career development. Career conscious professionals pursue career development on an ongoing basis so that they’ll be well positioned to take advantage of any new role that becomes available within their organization. If they choose to move companies they have developed themselves to a point where they are more attractive as a candidate to the type of employers that they value.

    Using a career coach can enhance your ability to build your skills and work on other aspects of career development. What they’d help you with could be pursuing new competencies like project management skills. It could be going into structured learning or distance learning. It could be changing your habits and making sure you learn, every day and every week, new hard and soft skill areas. A career coach will help you think such activities through and will identify with you what will make the most positive impact. They’ll help you enhance what you already have as a professional.

    Career strategy

    Finally, you can see why having a strategy for your career would be useful. If you leave school or university and go straight into your first job, the likelihood is you’re going to have something like a 50-year working career. Even those who may take a career break or sabbatical in the middle are going to have a pretty lengthy career and will still need to think about adding value to their professional selves during that time.

    Suggesting you have a career strategy is not to say you’ve got to know every single year exactly what you’ll be doing. Your likely path is where to focus attention. Focus on how to build skills, when the points of major career transition will be and whether you’ll concentrate on internal or external progression up the career ladder.

    These considerations in these three areas are really important as employers don’t necessarily provide you with stability in your working life. They view you purely in terms of succession planning within the business. The need for having a career coach is increasing by the year. Can a career coach help you to enhance your professional life? It would seem so.

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