Have you ever thought about working with a career coach? Sometimes professionals don’t fully understand what a career coach is and how working with one can empower you to reach your professional goals. Some people think coaching is only for the C-suite, or professionals who are at a crossroads. This is true but coaching is much more than that. Here’s what a career coach can do for you…
A career coach is someone who will provide support and encourage you on your career journey, whatever your goals may be. It can be overwhelming to determine what is best for you and your career. A coach will help you determine what you want out of your job and provide you with the knowledge and expertise to get there. Really, a career coach is a key element to your professional support system.
Maybe you feel that you already have your career vision and goals set. If so, that’s fantastic. That’s a huge first step. Can career coaches help you with the seemingly smaller details of your career, such as achieving work-life balance? Work-life balance is something we are all struggling with, especially now that so many of us are working remotely. And the answer is, yes, they can!
An experienced career coach will help you determine your core values and what fulfillment means to you. This is the foundation for determining long-term work-life balance. Once you know what is important to you personally, a coach can help you identify what adjustments you may need to make and a sustainable plan for implementing those changes.
A good career coach should provide you with the skills, tools, and confidence to execute your plan for greater work-life balance. This should include things such as communication, management of time and resources, emotional intelligence for personal effectiveness, visioning, identifying strengths and weaknesses, understanding and communicating your vision, and your mission and brand. All of these elements help you put in place a solid foundation for work-life balance, which in turn will help you find greater fulfillment in your career and your personal life.
Of course, they will need to know what your career vision is, so most career coaches offer a free consultation to see how they could best assist you in your goals. Talk to them about your goal of greater work-life balance and ask them what their three-month plan for you would look like. Ask them how they have helped other clients achieve greater work-life balance.