Is Career Coaching Really Worth It?
If you’ve ever considered using a coach for your career change, strategic career planning, or achieving specific goals, how do you know if it will be effective? Here are 4 ways you can find out.
1) Do they have a process and methodology?
2) Are there supporting materials to give you a road map for success and checkpoints for progress?
3) Do they go beyond the basic career tests and provide you with a comprehensive system for success?
4) Have they walked their talk?
Some coaches do not have a tried and tested process, materials, or tools to assist you in doing the work necessary to achieve your career goals, and some rely too heavily on just career testing. There is nothing wrong with career assessments, they are incredibly helpful! But they are only one piece of a larger puzzle for career effectiveness. (As is outlined in the 8 components of the Ideal Career Model we use with our clients.)
Next, find out if they have achieved the goals they assert they can help you with. Learn how to choose a career coach.
Finally, you may be asking yourself, can you achieve your career goals on our own? Honestly, in some cases yes and in some cases no. It depends on the goal, your strengths, and your ability to see the bigger picture as well as stick to your goals. An effective career coach not only has the tools and years of experience and expertise to push you beyond what you would do on your own (and more quickly than you would otherwise), they give you the objective feedback to see your blind spots and navigate around them.
We happen to have the years of experience (19), the tools and resources, and assessments to help you go further than you ever imagined in your career. We are here and ready when you are. You will spend approximately 90,000 hours of your life at work and more than 200 hours a year commuting. Your investment in yourself is worth it.