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Is it time to get a career coach?

Do you feel bored and unmotivated, stuck in a rut and that you're not fulfilling your potential? It could be time to employ the services of a career coach, someone whose job it is look at your skills and ambitions and help you get the job that will make you happy.

Better the devil you know?

Change is scary and if you've done the same thing for a long time it can seem a daunting to step outside your comfort zone. Often, however, the devil you know is not the best path. A career coach can help you make the leap into something new, talking through likes, dislikes, wants and dreams, distilling what it is that will provide a more fulfilling vocation and then assisting you in constructive decision making. This could even be within your existing company; you may have designs on a more senior position but simply don't know how to get there.

Don't get too carried away with your "dreams" - they're not magicians. It's unlikely you're going to become an astronaut if you've spent the last 20 years working as an accountant, but they might just help you take one small step or even a giant leap in the right direction.

A career coach will:

  • Formulate attainable goals and a plan of action
  • Pinpoint skills and attributes that will be of interest to employers, even if you don't realise them yourself
  • Take a look at your CV and make it work for your new career path
  • Suggest experiences, such as volunteering, which will make you a more suitable candidate
  • Help you stand out in an interview
  • Ascertain if a career change is really the right course of action - it may be other areas of your life that are leaving you feeling unfulfilled.

Anyone unhappy in their job can benefit from career coaching; whether you're in the first phase of your working life unsure of the direction you want to head, or at the height of success but feeling dissatisfied.

As we spend so much of our time at work, doing something we love, or at least like, is important. Feeling down and negative about the nine to five will spread into home life, affecting relationships with friends and family. Don't wake up in 30 years' time wishing you'd tried something new when you had the chance.


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