What do top athletes and most top executives have in common? Answer, they all use the services of a coach to get to the next level, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t also. The fact is that you can only get so far on your own. Some people stop at this point but a rare few carry on and get the professional advice they need to move further.
Life Coaching has become a bit of a buzzword of the last few years. It seems everyone who’s anyone has had a life coach at some point in their lives. And that includes the likes of Bill Gates and Donald Trump.
Most Business leaders will choose to make use of a coach when they change careers or industries. They will try to establish the skills they need to succeed in their new environment. Be it academic qualifications or an understanding of the basic rules of physics. They will do all that’s necessary to make them better in the job they choose. And that’s the point, they choose to do it. No one makes them; they’re in charge of their own destiny.
What’s the difference between a dedicated careers coach and a life coach or academic adviser?
A careers coach is someone who’ll take the time to sit down with you and develop a plan of attack to get where you want to go in your career. Although your personal life will also be important, they will concentrate mainly on your career. Choose the correct careers coach can be a daunting task; you’ll be sharing with them some of your most personal thoughts. So with that in mind here a re a few things to look for in any potential careers coach.
1. Look for experience in your chosen field. If your coach doesn’t have the relevant careers expertise within your field there advise will be lass effective than someone who has.
2. Is there experience relevant? The information technology industry is a fast moving and competitive one. Someone who was active in it ten tears ago is unlikely to have any experience that is still relevant today.
3. Are they well connected? If they work in the same environment as you, the chances are they will know people in prominent positions within that industry and will be able to introduce you to them.
4. Look for good communication skills. Unfortunately the IT industry is littered with people with poor communication skills. This is what holds most of them back. Sometimes it’s the people with the least IT knowledge and the best communication skills that get promoted first.
5. Look for a highly tailored and individual working relationship, if they’re following basic formats and formulas walk away. You’ll be paying a lot for their services so make sure it’s tailored specifically for you.
There’s no shame in getting coached. It’s a wise man who admits he needs help. Don’t blindly go on following everybody else. Take control of your life and achieve what you want to achieve.
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