Do you need a Career Coach? What exactly is a Career Coach?

Part personal consultant, part sounding board, part manager. Yes, manager. Remember the person who was there to give you direction, guidance, advise, motivate and training–but who no longer has the time or inclination. For a large number of people, it is now the coach–not the boss–who pushes you to succeed, to hire, to fire, to fine-tune a sales pitch, to stretch.

Career Coaches are hired to shore up executives or, in some cases to help them to move on. Workers at all levels of the corporate ladder, disillusioned by a lack of advice from inside the company, are taking matters into their own hands and hiring coaches for guidance on how to improve their performance, boost their profits, and make better decisions about everything from personnel to strategy.

“Why would I need a coach”? You might ask. I am successful, I am happy and my performance review was good. That is precisely the reason that Tiger Woods or Pete Sampras needs a coach. Tiger Woods could say, “I know how to play golf. I won the last tournament.” However, his coach is probably the most important person in his life.

How to find a good Career Coach

Finding a good career coach is a dilemma as the profession is relatively new and unlicensed. The following criteria are good guidelines.

  • Master’s or Doctorate Degree
  • Proven experience as a professional in your field or like field
  • Openness and flexibility to their approach at being ‘your’ coach
  • Ability to be patient and push you to succeed simultaneously

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