What are the most common misconceptions about career coaching?
That the time will be spent on the external factors and market circumstances, whereas in reality a lot of the time will be spent on developing and bringing to the surface what is already there for the client. Career coaching mostly focuses on the factors that the individual has control over such as their skills and competencies, experience and education, resume and online profile, etc. rather than what is happening outside of them. The external factors are important and need to be addressed; however, finding fulfillment in a career addresses what is going on inside of the client first, allowing them to gain powerful insights, and then brings in the other aspects. As in, what are their strengths, values, likes/dislikes, potential obstacles and how are these connected to current market opportunities and areas of growth.
Another misconception is that your career is meant to bring you fulfillment everyday for the rest of your working life, otherwise you’re in the wrong job. Although this may be true for a small number of people, the truth is that there will always be challenges and obstacles, there will always be difficult people, and somedays will just be harder than others. Career coaching helps you build the skills required to make more conscious choices in moving towards a fulfilling career.
The last misconception is that people unhappy with their careers need a dose of reality when actually it’s quite the opposite, they need more than ever to be connected to their dreams, their vision, and what kind of impact they’d love to be making on the world.
What do you love about your job as a Career Coach?
That we can give back hope to people who feel like they don’t have a choice. It’s amazing to see the transformation in someone who was trying to find solutions outside of themselves and for them to discover that what they need is right there in front of them. Sometimes when a person has been stuck for awhile, it’s difficult for them to gain new perspective and try to come up with different solutions, and it’s rewarding to be able to help open up a world of possibilities for them. The best part is when we hear from current or past clients and they share their successes and accomplishments.
Is it ever too late to change careers?
It’s never too late. It’s all about cultivating the mindset that is going to serve you to achieve your career goals. Can you find what you’re looking for in your current career? Sometimes that means that you will make the decision to change careers and other times it may mean that you need a change elsewhere. It’s important to take an honest look at your priorities to notice where you are willing to make changes and what is/isn’t up for negotiation, and how that impacts your career goals. Plus, we both did it ourselves at different points in our careers so we definitely know it’s never too late!
How will a person know if they have found the right job for them?
When they have a strong and clear line of connection from what they are doing in their job to what their goals and vision are. It’s difficult to stay committed to a job or career when the person doesn’t know why they’re doing it or there isn’t a strong enough reason that they care about. The vision is what keeps us going and the goals are how we’re going to get there.