If you’re serious about finding a new job that has you springing out of bed each morning, you may want to invest in a career coach, or career counselor. Many people who decide to make a bold move in their career, start up their own business or return to school to learn a new skill or trade, do so with the help of a career coach or counselor. A career coach can give much needed practical advice and guidance, while offering an objective viewpoint on your personal situation.
A career coach can help you:
• Create and implement a transition plan
• Set realistic reachable goals
• Network effectively and efficiently
• Identify the career path you want
• Push gremlins aside and step out of the box and your comfort zone
• Overcome obstacles
• Find a career that’s right for you (not what other’s think is right for you)
How do you find support?
Professional support from a career coach or career counselor is usually the best place to start. They have the experience and success rates of helping people who have been in your shoes. There are a wide range of career coaches/counselors out there so make sure when you are looking for one to do your homework. Here are some sample questions:
• How long have you been a coach?
• What is your success rate?
• Do you have references I can speak with? (If they are hesitant about this one that is not a good sign)
• Do you offer a complimentary consultation where I can get to know you and your style to see if we’d be a fit?
• How long does this process usually take?
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