How do you know if you need a Career Coach, and is having one worth the money? It’s a good question to ask.
Well, the answer depends on you and what you want to achieve in your career. If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, or you’re not making the progress in your career that you want to then you may benefit from some objective support and challenge.
What can I expect?
Having a career coach should enable you to achieve your career objectives, whether they are changing your career or being more successful in your current one. A good coach will help you reach clarity and insight into your situation and what you need to do next. They also can give you encouragement and inspiration whilst helping you manage any anxiety around change and challenge.
How much should I expect to pay for a coach?
Fees will vary depending on the career coach’s background and experience, and generally range from £75 to £250 per hour. Key things you should check before you choose your coach:
- Do they offer a free call or meeting to discuss what you need?
- Can you speak with a previous client about their experience?
- Is the chemistry right? A good coach will show you honesty, empathy, curiosity and compassion.
- How long have they been coaching for?
- Any relevant previous experience that could be helpful to you?
- Do they offer a particular expertise or specialism useful to your situation?
- What coaching training or qualifications do they hold?
- Are they a member of a professional body? E.g. Association for Coaching, Career Development Institute or Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
I charge £100 per hour and have packages, for example a career change programme where the hourly rate is lower and you get a lot of coaching support.
What is included in the fees?
The fees are not simply the face to face time you spend with the coach, they also include activities hidden to you as a client but which make your experience a positive one. This could be the coach’s preparation, research and admin time. I collate notes from certain sessions for my clients to reflect on outside the session at no extra cost, and often spend quite a bit of time researching options or resources for my clients to use, or sending them motivational quotes if I know they are having a tough time
The fees also include the cost of investment in my own professional development and expertise so that your coaching experience is the best it can be.
What to consider before you contact a coach?
Before you make contact it is worth spending a bit of time preparing so you can get the most out of your initial conversation. Think about:
- Why are you getting in touch – be clear about what you want help with
- What do you want to get from the coaching relationship – is there are particular change you want to see in yourself or your career
- How will you know you have received good value for money
- Are you prepared to do the work – don’t expect the coach to wave a magic wand, you need to be ready to work hard, make space and fully engage with the process in order to get the most out of it
Career coaches are generally solution focused, working with you to achieve a specific goal. They can also help you identify any behavioural or emotional issues that may be blocking your career success, such as a bullying manager, a bad work experience or low confidence. They often use a range of tools chosen specifically for your situation. These can include personality tests, skills and strengths analyses, self awareness exercises or practical tools to support job search – CV, LinkedIn, Interviews, etc.
What’s the alternative?
There are some good career books available, for example, ‘How to get a job you love’ by John Lees or ‘What colour is your parachute’ by Richard Bolles. Plus there are lots of tools and resources on the internet so you can certainly do it yourself if you want to. However, it can be hard, if you’re feeling stuck or blocked, to make progress on your own, or if you want to make things happen quickly.
Some people need a career coach and some don’t but if you are one of the people who do, if you find the right coach, you will fly and there will be no question over value for money! You will make progress, take decisions and move forward in your career with a newly discovered clarity and purpose. Just make sure you find the right one for you.
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