With the increase in life expectancy, comes the reality that most of us will be working longer than our parents or grandparents did. Add to that the fact that most of us spend more time at work (90,000 hours+ in total over our lifetime) than with loved ones or anywhere else, and you can see why more and more people are choosing to invest in their future and support their learning capacity and growth via professional coaching.
Coaching is proven to be an effective method of increasing overall performance. So what can a professional coach assist you with?
Re-establishing Your Career Goals
Many of us are guilty of, or happy to, simply go through the motions in terms of our career. Often, people find comfort in job security and a role that enables them to live the lifestyle they’re content with. Most of us enter the workforce with lofty goals and dreams, but this changes when the reality of making a living and life’s other events hit home.
How many people make the time to deliberately check-in every few months and question whether their day-to-day actions are contributing towards their long-term career goals? In my experience, this is changing, slowly. However, most people don’t think twice about this until they are forced into a situation where they do actually reflect. The catalyst might be an internal change, a difficult conversation with their manager about performance, or worse still, they lose their job completely.
It’s important that you’re proactive in terms of your career and effectiveness every step of the way. A professional coach will work with you to re-establish your career goals and to reconnect you with what is important to you.
Once you’ve reassessed your goals, a professional coach can help you to work through the right kind of development you need to invest in. Gone are the days when you’re likely to stay in the same job or even career for a lifetime. Today’s rapidly changing and evolving job market means that the average worker is likely to have multiple career changes throughout their life. This often means up-skilling and engaging in new learnings when necessary. A professional coach will work with you to determine what new skills and behaviours will prove beneficial to you for the career goals you’ve set. Investing in yourself through growth and education is imperative in terms of ensuring you remain relevant and employable in today and tomorrow’s workplace.
Offering an Impartial Voice
When you’re living and breathing your job and career, it can be difficult to ascertain what you can do to increase your performance and effectiveness in current and future roles. Having someone to talk through the issues that are fundamental to your effectiveness and overall wellbeing with, is priceless. A professional coach has your best interests in mind - they create a receptive and comfortable environment in which you can discuss your goals, your ideas, your fears and a roadmap as to how you’re going get there.
Navigating your way through any change – personal growth, workplace politics, structural changes, new management, whatever the change at hand may be, can be difficult. There is no reason to do this alone - turbocharge your career and performance and seek the support you need via professional coaching. Doing so helps you to focus on your journey and what’s important, all whilst giving you a solid understanding of why you are where you are and what you need to do to move forward with confidence. Coaching can be company sponsored or something that you fund yourself.
Reach out and get the support you need today and as always, be sure to do your due diligence in terms of finding the right coach to help you.
By Deborah Wilson
Deborah Wilson is a Thought Leader in Executive Careers. She takes a personalised approach to strategic career coaching and career transitions, mentoring, and leadership development. Deborah is an Executive Coach and provides expert guidance for individuals while supporting organisations through change and connecting people and purpose. Call Deborah on +61 403 779 746. www.ontalent.com.au