What is Career Coaching?
A more formal definition of career coaching from the International Federation of Coaching (ICF) states that a career coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential. Coaches honor you as the expert in your life and work and believe you are creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve
Elicit solutions and strategies
Hold you responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
Everyone needs a coach. Think about golf or ballet or playing chess. You aren’t going to be an expert the first time you try. In fact, you can try and try but may never even become mediocre! Is managing your career any different? Most people aren’t educated sufficiently on how to manage their careers. Even then, most people aren’t able to see themselves as others do.