How to Make the Best Out of Your Career Coaching Sessions

Career Coaching is a partnership between you and your Career Coach, to support you in achieving your career goals. The Career Coaching process will help you identify and connect your Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills (VIPS) with possibilities in the labour market to find a job you love. If you are currently working, a Career Coach can also help you explore progression pathways and embrace your career with a renewed mindset.

A collaborative relationship between Coach and Client is key for a positive outcome. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your Career Coach.


Share your Expectations with your Career Coach

Your Career Coach will provide a safe and confidential environment where you can share your concerns and expectations without being judged. They can also offer fresh perspectives and equip you with job search strategies. While they can’t guarantee you an “ideal” outcome, you can be sure that they will support you on your job search.

Be honest with the issues and what you hope to achieve
Set achievable goals and know that there are no quick fixes to your job challenges



Be Committed to Achieving your Goals

Since Career Coaching is founded on a collaborative relationship and agreement towards the desired outcome, don’t expect the Career Coach to do all the work for you. Instead, be prepared to put in the effort to achieve your career goals. The better your Career Coach knows you and your career VIPS, the better he can spot job opportunities for you too.

Create a job search task list or action plan and be active in updating your resume, applying for jobs etc
Set aside time every week for job-searching
Make it a point to update your Career Coach regularly on your progress



Keep an Open Mind about the Solution or Outcome

Often, we can be too fixated on a particular job or a solution. Your Career Coach is here to help to uncover your blind spots from a third party perspective. If you are flexible with your standards and criteria for your next job, you could gain access to more opportunities.

There is no perfect job, but we can still find fulfilment and meaning in our work
Work out your “must-haves” and “good-to-haves”, and consider the potential compromises you may need to make
Be open to trying out different job search strategies, especially if your current method is not working



Be Honest and Truthful

The real challenges in landing a job are often the deep-seated issues that lie beneath the surface. Be honest with your Career Coach so they can better guide you to overcome your job search challenges.

Trust your Career Coach to handle your personal information appropriately. They are specially trained and bounded by professional ethics to protect you
Avoid withholding meaningful information, such as potential health issues, past experiences, finances or even family issues which may impact your job search performance
Share your career story, interests, work priorities, and experiences, but avoid inflating your skills and abilities

The essence of Career Coaching is about positive change. Trust the coaching process and keep an open mind. Know that you are not a recipient in the coaching process, but an active participant working together with a Coach to achieve your goals. To find out more about speaking to a Career Coach, call 6883 5885 or book an appointment with us today!

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