When was the last time you thought about career coaching? It probably was when you graduated from high school or perhaps while contemplating which college you were going to attend. You were making a big decision that would affect the rest of your life! Many adults find themselves in various careers and jobs that really test their patience and ability to survive in the work force. This can happen shortly after joining the work force, mid career or even just prior to retirement.
You may have joined a great company. You are working in the area you trained for, but suddenly you realized it is just not what you want to do for the rest of your life. Perhaps you excelled in chemistry and now you are stuck in a lab all day long. You may be longing for a different job, but what and how should you go about choosing a different job or even a different career? Career coaching might help you make a good choice this time around.
Many adults find themselves stagnating in their careers. They are in their 30’s or 40’s working at a job that pays well, with no real prospects for advancement, pay raises or even improved job interest. They might not like the company they work for or perhaps the boss is making life difficult. There could be all kinds of reasons why they long for a different job or even to change careers completely.
More and more people are retiring. Baby boomers are reaching that magic age where they can retire and pursue new endeavors. What should they do and how should they prepare? Will they have sufficient income? What will they do with the 10 hours a day they now have free (assuming 2 hours commuting and 8 hours on the job)? There are so many questions some are afraid to retire.
These are all great reasons for why career coaching is important for adults in various stages of their lives. Sometimes just having a conversation with a career counsellor is enough to remove the mental road block that keeps them from making a move in their career. In other situations, adults may need to take various courses to maintain their experience levels and keep abreast of technology. If changing careers is in order, training courses that will assist in preparation should be considered.
Adults looking for career counseling should consider what objectives they have for their career, what changes would they like to make and how would they achieve these objectives. An analogy would be building a road map that opens the doors for them to achieve their objectives.
Keeping an open mind is also important. As they complete their investigation of what changes to make in their careers, they may find that what looked great initially might not be quite what they really would like to do. Mid course corrections may be necessary to fine tune their career change and the training they require.
The most important step in career coaching for adults is to take the first step. Begin building a plan and then make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your plans and fine tune them to meet your objectives.