Is a Career Coach Worth the Investment?
Coaching in general is an industry that has grown exponentially the last decade or so. It all started in sports, where the best athletes made use of a coach to improve their skills and to stay ahead of the competition. Coaching has spread to our everyday lives and nowadays you can be coached on anything from your relationship to your career.
Most people have never used a career coach but they know of somebody that has. Some people will use a career coach every time they change jobs, although the rule of thumb is rather that a career coach is useful when an individual is considering a major change in their career, such as switching industries completely or relocating.
- Try to find out your life purpose and suggest careers which are aligned with this. The closer your job is to your purpose, the happier and more satisfied you will feel.
- Help you recognize what jobs you are suited for based on your talents, personality and ambition. These can be detected through general discussion, testing and probing questions. The best coaches are very honest and will tell you what you can and what your limitations are likely to be.
- Assist you to clarify your long term career goals and creating a roadmap to achieve them. This is a long process and can take a few sessions.
- Structure your job search, help with your application documents as well as coach you through job interviews.
The career coach won’t:
- Tell you exactly what job you should go for. The idea of having somebody telling you exactly what you should do and make your decisions for you is not what career coaching is about.
- Know everything about you and what you should pursue. It’s impossible for a coach to turbo charge your career, only you can make this happen.
- Come with you to interviews or write your resume. They are there to assist you with a job application process, not to do it for you.
Expect to pay anything from $100 to $500 for a two hour session. Remember that being a coach is a very popular profession and there is a great deal of competition, which plays in to your hands as the buyer. The sessions are usually paid up front for a number of hours with the coach.
So is it worth it? Yes and no. The determining question here is really: Do you know what you want to do and how to get there? If so, do it yourself. If you are unsure about what career direction to take, if you have little idea of how to get somewhere – speak to a coach and see what they can do for you.