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The Benefits of Having a Career Coach

You may think you have everything under control. Your career life is going okay and your personal life, in general, seems balanced. And yet, you may feel like you’re coasting through professional life and that you want to accomplish something more. This is where a career coach can help you wade through your professional life - both the successes and failures – to help you figure out what would satisfy this craving for something more.

There are so many benefits of hiring a career coach, but we wanted to highlight a few ways these career professionals can help with your professional objectives and work goals.

Know what you want in your professional life

You may think you know exactly what you want in your work life or you may be at an official standstill on the professional front. Regardless, a career coach will help you formulate clear and concise career goals and take the necessary steps to achieve them. If you meet with your career coach on a consistent basis, you will be able to track your progress toward these goals to see what is working and what needs to change.

Be accountable for your career goals

Having to show your progress to a career coach will give you that extra boost needed to remain on top of your career goals. Not only will you have an accountability partner there to make sure you take the necessary actions to achieve your goals, you will also have a clearer picture of what you REALLY want regarding your career.

Career coaches are trained to ask you the right questions, actively listen to what you are saying and also hear what isn’t being said. Being able to talk openly about what you want with your coach may reveal new opportunities, directions and goals you hadn’t initially considered. After this initial discovery session, your career coach will work with you to set smart, achievable goals that align with your strengths and values.

Have a more balanced perspective

Sometimes, all you need is an unbiased conversation to help you figure out what you want when it comes to your professional life. While talking with your family and friends is a wonderful way to gain support, they may be a bit biased. Speaking with a career coach, whose main purpose is to push you to achieve your work dreams, can reaffirm what others have told you or can lead you down a different path – if that is what you want and what you need.

Focus on you and your work objectives

Chances are, you are a guiding light for others and you help them boost their work goals, as well. When you’re working with a career coach, you will be able to focus solely on “YOU” and what “YOU” want to do. You may be busy with work, family and other obligations most of the time, but your coaching sessions are a time for you to focus on yourself and will provide you with the support and help you need to reach your professional goals.

You will personally develop and see yourself in an honest way. You will also challenge your norms and push yourself beyond your comfort zones and this is what will make you successful in your career.

Get what you want in your professional life faster

While we must have patience when setting and achieving career goals, working with a career coach and having a solid plan on how to advance on your profession will help you get results faster. Figuring out things on your own may serve you well in the long run, but it could be wasting time compared to knowledge you’ll gain by consulting with a career coach. What’s more, you may not even know where to start. If you are feeling stuck in a career rut, connect with a career coach and they can guide you in the right direction.

In time, you’ll be able to acquire certain skills that you can use to advance at work, have that oozing confidence, learn how to make informed career decisions and be equipped in making connections. Now, if ever you decide to change careers, the career coach is also there to help you create a powerhouse resume, brand yourself the right way and make you irresistible to potential employers. Career coaching guarantees you all that.

Thinking of hiring a career coach? Browse our directory of career coaches and get a FREE consultation or request a personalized coach recommendation!

About the Author Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel is an avid internet researcher. She is fueled by her determination to answer the many questions she hasn't been able to find the answer to anywhere else. When she finds these answers she likes to spread the knowledge to others seeking help. She is always looking for outlets to share her information, therefore she occasionally has her content published on different websites and blogs. Even though she doesn't run one for herself she loves contributing to others.