In a nutshell, Career Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship designed to help you clarify your life purpose, identify goals, develop strategies, and take action. This results in a career and personal life that will make you happy, fulfilled, and challenged.
It is useful to think about finding your life’s work in the same way you might think about taking a road trip to somewhere you have never been. On this trip you only know the general direction, and you are not exactly sure where you are headed. On your road trip to finding your life’s work, a coach provides the map and directions as well as the support and focus essential to completing the journey.
For me as a career coach there is very little difference. I am thought of as both a career consultant and a coach. The focus for either one is you, what career best fits your gifts and talents, what kind of environment will allow you to work at your personal best, and what interests you the most.
Once you have decided to start coaching you will schedule an hour and a half intake session. I will email you the new client intake forms for you to fill out. You can send the completed forms back to me before your appointment so I have a chance to look them over. In our first session, we will talk about what career coaching is like, discuss the policies and procedures, then go over the answers you provided in the forms. We will discuss the strategy that we will use to create your profile and design the research.
From there, we will talk about how you would like to schedule your next sessions and design homework for you. Each session after the first will last an hour. It is normal to meet once a week for the first 6 sessions so that you have a good foundation to work with. Sessions after that are devoted to research and assessment and will probably occur every two weeks. If that creates a conflict for your work or travel schedule, we can discuss other options. Be prepared to put your career search on the front burner as it will require time and energy. Trust me, the progress you make is well worth the investment.
The best way to know for sure is to take advantage of our free coaching session. Also, if you agree with any of these questions coaching can help you:
◉ I love the work I do but I am unhappy where I work.
◉ I want to find a career that feels more rewarding.
◉ I have a desire to be of service, to feel like I can make a difference.
◉ I have gifts and talents I am not using.
◉ I have taken jobs as they have come along but now want to be more proactive.
◉ I feel that there is something else I need to be doing but do not know what it is.
◉ I have worked at careers that pleased others but were not what I really wanted.
◉ I feel stuck.
◉ I am unsure of what I want.
◉ I know what I want to do but have not been able to move forward.
◉ I need more understanding and clarity before choosing a career.
◉ I need unbiased support for a new look at my career.
A Personal Life Coach is someone who is qualified to support, encourage, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals. A coach is a good active listener that can pick up from your voice what you are really thinking and will facilitate you to take actions to move yourself towards your goals. They will celebrate your successes, help you discover how to overcome obstacles, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and enable you to move forward at a far greater pace than you could achieve on your own, with the ultimate aim of you achieving your goals and discovering a much happier life.
The tools and techniques of the coach are exactly the same for Life Coaching as they are for Career Coaching. The main difference is that with Life Coaching you will be focusing on any part of your life or many areas which you want to improve, whereas with Career Coaching (as the name suggests) it focuses directly on your career. In practice, our careers have a major impact on most areas of our lives – choosing a Personal Life Coach who has a specialized in Career Coaching has a major advantage for those looking at any goals.
Life and Career Coaching works because it focuses you on exactly what you want to achieve and gets you there faster. We go through life constantly busy ‘doing things’, but very rarely do we stop and consider our future, and where we want to be. By using a Life Coach, you are able to do just that, with the aid of a coach who is 100% dedicated to you and your future. They will listen, encourage, support and motivate you. The Life Coach is able to keep you focused and, through their experience and expertise, you will be able to identify options available to you, that you may not have ever considered.
From my experience every type of individual will come to me for coaching. The only traits these people have in common is the desire to change part of their life so they are happier, and the realization that they will stay focused and get there quicker with the support of a coach.
This is quite a common situation. Unfortunately, some people aren’t keen on exposing their emotions. Some are taught to suppress their feelings, which make them reject the idea of talking about their relationships with a coach. If your partner is like that, he or she is normal!
Having said that, we can’t coach people who don’t want to be coached. In our program, client commitment is essential to change and success. The aim is for you and your partner to take control over your life and that starts by showing up and taking action.
If your partner is not interested in relationship coaching, we recommend you get some coaching first. Your partner will soon notice the positive changes in you and want to get the same. Also, you will learn some techniques, which you can present in the safety of your home and get your partner comfortable with the process before he or she joins.
Marriage counselling is a past-focused discipline. The marriage counselor identifies the reasons for the client’s feelings and behaviors. Often, clients come away from marriage counselling with a label for themselves, which they then use to justify their actions and their inability to change.
In relationship coaching, we don’t dwell on the reasons, because we want to avoid this negative outcome. Instead, we focus on the future, because no matter what happened in the past, you can make it better and learn to love, respect, appreciate each other and be happy.
No, you don’t. In many relationship coaching arrangements, you will be asked to commit to 3, 5, 10 or more sessions and pay for them in advance. We believe that your commitment is essential to your success, but we’re confident in our ability to give tremendous value to you with our coaching without you paying in advance. We want you to come to the sessions because you see the value, not because we hold the money you’ve paid in advance. In our relationship coaching agreement, you commit only to doing your best for yourself and paying for the sessions you receive. You may stop at any stage. In fact, as soon as the clients reach success, we prepare them for separation.
Sessions take one-and-a-half hours and we ask that you allow two hours.