Why work with a Career Coach?
In this article, we will cover why you should work with a career coach and what to expect from career coaching. Do you feel stuck in your career? Unsure about the professional path you’ve chosen? Returning to work after a term of unemployment? Career coaching can help you establish your goals and implement change.
With redundancies at an all-time high and many career dreams dashed, it may appear that obtaining your dream job is unattainable. During this unprecedented moment of uncertainty, we examine how engaging with a career coach can help you establish a clear and concrete path toward a satisfying professional career.
We are all trying to balance working from home, maintaining a healthy family life, dealing with a lack of contact with friends and family, and forgetting about missed vacations.
It is a challenging time to be self-employed, whether you’re looking for a new job, have been furloughed or made redundant and have no choice but to find new work.
A career coach can help you with all of this and more. A professional career coach can assist you in navigating uncertain waters by acting as a sounding board for your career ideas, navigating new work environments, and helping you regain your self-confidence.
COVID-19 is still a huge part of many people’s daily worries. Many people are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their jobs or find new ones, let alone change careers.
Thinking about these issues can quickly become overwhelming, leaving you feeling suffocated by what may appear to be an insurmountable problem. So, what can you do to relieve some of your concerns?
Here are some suggestions that you might find helpful:
You still have control over your life
You are not alone if having to accept fundamental changes to your working life has left you feeling anxious or stressed. A career coach can help you regain control of your emotions and empower you to face these challenges head on during this uncertain time. In tough times, regaining a sense of clarity and confidence can help you land a new job or give you the self-confidence you need to ask for the raise you deserve.
An objective point of view
It is easy to lose track of your priorities as the pandemic progresses, and to forget what makes you unique!
For many people, the current climate can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. There is as much, if not more, opportunity now than ever before. It’s all about getting objective advice to help you turn this into a win-win situation. Understanding yourself is usually the first step in learning how to do something.
Examining your values, strengths, and personality in depth will provide you with the tools you need to transition into a new job or career.
Your personal and professional values and strengths are inextricably linked. You can determine whether you want to stay in a job, career, or company by getting to know yourself better, or whether you want to pursue a completely different career path.
A career coach can assist you in determining your current position in your career as well as the qualifications or professional development courses you may need to consider advancing to your next opportunity. They can assist you in gaining clarity about what matters to you and can serve as an excellent guide as you move forward or change course.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK redundancies in 2020 will be at their highest since 2009. Even though the unemployment rate is high, those who are willing to pivot and adapt can still find work. There is a common misconception that you can only advance in a role if you have prior experience but working with a career coach allows you to approach new roles strategically and position yourself correctly based on your transferrable skills and experience.
Identifying these skills may not be obvious at first, but an experienced career coach can assist you in highlighting your transferrable skills, which can be crucial if you are looking to change careers and stand out.
When you are placed in a new position or embark on a new career path, imposter syndrome, that nagging voice in your head that says, “I’m not good enough,” can rear its ugly head.
While working from home has its benefits, it has also resulted in a greater sense of separation from co-workers. This means fewer opportunities for professional feedback and fewer social interactions overall.
Poor mental health and social isolation go hand in hand. According to research, nearly half of UK workers have experienced loneliness during lockdowns at some point.
This can be easier to deal with for those of us who have maintained a consistent income and are able to continue working from home. For others, however, it meant losing their jobs altogether or being furloughed with no clear future career prospects.
Furloughed or laid-off workers are twice as likely to experience “imposter syndrome” as the average worker, according to the same study. As a result of being on furlough or having their role eliminated, people who suffer from imposter syndrome frequently feel like failures, resulting in their self-confidence being shattered. They begin to doubt their abilities and skills, making job interviews even more difficult.
A professional career coach can help you develop a programme that is tailored to your specific needs and can help you overcome imposter syndrome.
There are many opportunities to overcome self-doubt, discover your strengths, improve your career prospects, and move forward with your professional life during this uncertain time – a career coach can assist you with all of these and more.
We would be delighted to help you if you are ready to move forward. Our expert coaches identify your specific requirements and tailor solutions to provide you with all the tools you will need to succeed in your future career.
All coaching sessions can be done remotely or at our Merthyr Tydfil office.