Once you’ve decided to make use of an IT Architecture coach, one of the first things they will do is establish where you are and where you want to be in 5 or 10 years time. To help them do this they’ll create a written plan which you both will refer to throughout your time together.
What do you want to do with your life?
Before you set off on any journey it’s a good idea to know where you’re going. Your coach will sit down with you and help you understand your goals and put them in priority for you. It may be that you want to spend more time with your family or you want to do more work as a consultant, maybe you want a career change and move more into project management.
It doesn’t matter what you want, discuss it with your coach. I advise being as outlandish as possible. If you want to run your own consulting business employing hundreds of staff, then tell them so. If they don’t know what you want, they can’t help you achieve it.
How do you develop a strategy for doing it?
Well first of all ask yourself, what will it take to achieve your goals? Do you need more money, are there areas you need to work on like people management. Once you’re aware of the tools you need to complete the tasks at hand it will be much easier to move forward.
Your IT Architecture coach will work with you to establish where you’re weak and where you’re strong. So don’t hold anything back, thinking about your weaknesses is never a comfortable feeling never mind discussing them with someone else. But its so important, so swallow your pride and go into as much details as possible. Your coach can’t help you if they don’t know what’s wrong.
Establish what matters to you most?
If your young free and single then right now your career is probably the most important thing for you. You’ve worked hard through university to attain your degree running up huge debts in the process and now you just want to get on and earn some money.
But as you get older your priorities can change. Once you get married and have children you realise that work isn’t so important after all. Now you’ll want to spend less time at work and more time at home.
So when you develop your 5 or 10 year plan your coach should work with you to help you understand how life’s priorities can change. Whilst now you may be happy to put in 60 hour weeks and commute to the office, in the future you may want to do more work from home to spend more time with your family. So it’s a good idea to write down what you want from your personal life as well as your professional life, so that you and your coach can work together to achieve a happy work life balance.