Have you ever tried watching five television sets at once where they are all on different channels? Figuring out what you need to know to create a successful IT architect role can present a similar challenge. This is where the services of an experienced IT architect career coach will be invaluable. A good coach will help steer through the maze of available training and experiential opportunities which are available to you as a new IT architect. Your coach is a trained professional who gives you expert guidance, support, and advice on how to focus so that you will achieve career success. Because your coach is an objective observer and listener who often sees situations more clearly than you can, they will give you a lot of very useful direction and feedback so that you can focus on what is important at any particular stage in your career.
Your IT architect coach will concentrate on where you are now and will help you develop the goals, plans and the action steps which are essential to success. The coach will challenge you to do your best, will work with you through hard times, will teach you how to focus and reach your goals, and celebrate the milestone as you achieve them. When you get coaching, you should get one or more of these outcomes; enhanced self-awareness and direction, increased management skills, clarity of career goals, and an overall improvement in your quality of life because you know where you are going and how to get there. You will know you are ready for coaching when it seems that you have too many options open to you and have no idea which one is the best to choose.
One of the best things about IT architecture coaching is that you will get to where you want to go much faster. Ask any IT architect who is successful how much faster they would have achieved their place if they had used a coach and mentor. Because of your new focus and clarity of thinking you will be less likely to make mistakes which will shift your career sideways rather than propel it forwards. Your new clarity of focus will help you to make better decisions and set better priorities. You will remove overwhelm and will learn to ask the right questions. When you achieve focus through the help of an IT architect career coach, you will be much better prepared for your IT architect role.