This is a question I hear a lot. The answer is of course different for every individual. There may be many different reasons why a person has chosen to use a coach in the fist place, so it stands to reason the services provided will be tailored for that particular individual.
So let’s take a look at the services a coach can provide, you may not need to make use of all of these specialities, but the whole point is you can pick and choose what you need and when.
The setting of goals is perhaps the most important task a coach can undertake with you. Now you may think you can do this yourself and you probably can, but you won’t be as motivated to carry them out as you are when you’re with a coach. They will also have a list of your goals and will check your progress with every session.
Goal setting is so important within the IT industry and any industry come to think of it. If you don’t know where you’re going how are you going to get there.
Listening is a skill very few people seem to have these days, but your coach will have it in abundance. A good coach will listen much more than they speak, you may well ask “what am I paying for?” as well if your coach doesn’tt listen they can’t really help you.
If a coach arrives with the intention of carrying out their task following strict formulas, yourre wasting your time. You need a coach who will listen to your needs and tailor a program specifically for them.
What do all successful people have in common? They are all supremely confident in what they do. Confidence comes with knowledge and experience. If you’re new to a project and there’s something that you’re not sure of, you should talk to your IT architecture coach about it.
They will have the experience necessary to help you with the problem, chances are they will have come across it before and be able to guide you along the way. If exude confidence it will show in your general attitude and your work.
Looking to move into a more management role? Then learning soft skills should be pretty high on your agenda. Good managers are good with people; unfortunately this is not something you’re likely to have been taught in college or university. So taking the time to learn this valuable skill will stand you in good stead for years to come.
Establishing where you are now and where you’re going. This is a little different to goal setting. Building a career map involves taking your ultimate goal and building a specific map to get there.
It will show the various jobs and skills you’ll need to learn to achieve your ultimate ambition. Its so easy to get lost in a career and be stuck in a rut. A career map can help solve this problem, you’re always aware that its just part of the journey and it will help keep you motivated.