Top 20 Areas that Benefit from Support of a Career Coach
A career coach guides you to successful professional development in many ways. Although most people think of a coach as someone to help them interview better or build a better resume, career coaching elevates you as a career-savvy professional in areas you don't want to overlook.
1. Earning a promotion
If you want to advance but don't know how, a career coach can help. You'll learn how to identify and market your strengths and fill skill gaps with training or continuing education. Your coach will direct you to tools and resources to help you network and distinguish yourself from your colleagues.
2. Switching specialties within a company
Are you interested in changing specialties within your company but unsure of how to do it? Coaching will show you how to overcome fear and doubt, identify the skills you need to make the change, and plan the transition.
3. Promotion to a management position
A career coach will introduce you to techniques to quickly and efficiently adjust to your new role. You’ll also receive advice on how to communicate with your employees, learn from them, and support their professional growth.
4. Becoming an effective salesperson
You'll receive tools to help you focus on your immediate needs and long-term goals. Your coach will collaborate with you to define your goals and create strategies to achieve them. You’ll analyze your interpersonal skills and behavior to identify your strengths and development needs and maximize your selling potential.
5. Making a career change
The thought of a career change can bring excitement and apprehension. Coaching guides you in selecting a career that matches your interests, talents, values, lifestyle, and family responsibilities. You'll jump-start your development of the skills you need before making your career move.
6. Excelling in a male-dominated workplace
Although women comprise more than half of the U.S. workforce, statistics from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research show that only 7.2 percent of women are employed full-time in a male-dominated workplace. And in all the most common occupations for men, women earn less than men. It’s essential to access resources that will keep your professional development moving forward. Your career coach will support you.
7. You lack motivation at work
Lack of motivation at work can easily lead to burnout. You will learn ways to challenge yourself, set goals, and change your perspective. Your coach will support you as you pursue personal and professional development opportunities to help you stay motivated.
8. Coping with workplace conflict
Conflict at work can affect your mood, ability to concentrate, productivity, and the way you view your role. Coaching will help you determine when and how to communicate to minimize conflict. You'll learn ways to readjust your focus so you can be productive at work.
9. Improving communication with your manager
Communications styles differ. You’ll learn techniques to listen without interrupting or reacting. And you’ll develop the ability to keep your conversation focused on the topic without getting sidetracked.
10. When work-life balance seems impossible
Many factors affect work-life balance. Career coaches are experts at helping you identify your challenges. You’ll learn how to make adjustments that will increase your productivity and your optimism, and help you manage your time, reduce stress, and set boundaries.
11. Failure to meet deadlines
Managing time can be a challenge, especially when there are multiple deadlines. You’ll discover ways to minimize distractions, improve your time-management and time-estimation skills, increase your focus, and be more productive.
12. Becoming a better public speaker
Public speaking is a common cause of anxiety. If your role requires you to speak before audiences, your coach will give you direction and tools to help you communicate with confidence, empathy, and enthusiasm. You'll learn how to use your natural talent to motivate your audience.
13. Managing workplace stress
Your career coach will teach you techniques to control your thoughts and reactions and minimize stress. You will develop the determination to set boundaries and reject unnecessary disturbances or interruptions.
14. Learning to embrace accountability
As you acquire more responsibility, you can also become accountable for the results of your team. Before you assume a leadership role, it’s essential to embrace personal accountability. And your coach will show you how to cultivate it and instill it in your team.
15. Understanding how to coach your team
If you're a team leader, supervisor, or manager, your team members need coaching. Your career coach will help you develop interpersonal skills for active listening. And you will explore ways to learn from your team so you can coach them and facilitate their career growth.
16. Learning how to ask questions
There is an art to asking friendly open-ended questions that don’t arouse suspicion, create tension, or fuel misunderstandings. If your questions frequently become barriers to conversation, a career coach will assist you in analyzing and refining your communication style.
17. Returning to the workforce
Temporary unemployment—voluntary or not—can make it challenging to return to the workforce. Obstacles include finding employment, adjusting to your work environment, or achieving work-life balance. Career coaching provides support as you find balance and make decisions that help you adapt and thrive at work.
18. Creating actionable goals for your performance review
How do you create goals for a performance review in a position with little opportunities for growth? You’ll learn how to propose ways to assume more responsibility, explore areas for improvement, and look beyond your current team to increase your workplace value.
19. Planning for an international career
You’ve always dreamed of working abroad. But you don’t want to cross the globe before realizing that you didn’t consider everything involved. Coaching guides you in planning wisely and thinking about how your move will affect you and your family. You’ll gain insight into what to expect as you experience changes in culture, climate, and work environment.
Maybe you’re relocating because you want a change, and new employment is secondary. Before you move, coaching can help you consider how you'll manage the stress of moving without work, research the job market and top employers in your new location, and set realistic expectations.
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Terawatt offers live group coaching courses for professional development. You'll connect with a vetted expert during online sessions that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. And you'll save money because group coaching is more affordable than one-on-one sessions. Visit our Courses page for details.