Could a career coach help you?
Whether you’re pursuing a creative career, or just new to the job-seeking world and don't know where to start, you may want to consider getting a little outside help.
Rhiannon Rogers from Life Coach Directory gives an introduction to using a career coach.
Why should I try career coaching?
The idea of life coaching may seem very American and almost alien to us Brits, but it is catching on. The world of business coaching in particular is coming on leaps and bounds, with more and more people turning to career coaches for professional support and advice.
Finding someone you relate to and respect is key.
As fantastic as your friends and family may be when it comes to career advice, they are naturally going to be a little biased. Yes, they know you well – but often when people are too close, they fail to see the bigger picture.
On top of this, your friends and family may simply not know enough about the industry you want to get into to be able to help.
This is why many people turn to someone they don't know who has credentials. A career coach will look at your history, your experience and your passions to help guide you towards the career you want. With a whole host of motivational tools and business acumen at their disposal, their job is to help you reach your goals.
How a career coach can help
The role of a career coach is to help you figure out exactly what you want to do as a career (if you're not sure already), offer advice on how to get there and once you're there – how to be successful.
The following areas are usually covered. However, depending on the style of your chosen career coach, they may delve into other areas of your life too.
1. Identifying your niche
If you don't know what you want to do as a job, a career coach will help you by looking at your strengths, your experience and your personality type.
Together you will work on a few career options to investigate. If you know which industry you want to be involved with, a career coach can help you discover your niche – something that is often especially important when pursuing a creative job.
2. Networking tips and advice
In almost all areas of business, networking is important – and none more so than the creative arena. Meeting people who already work in the area you're interested in can offer you invaluable advice and it may even lead to a job.
If you are naturally shy or simply don't know where to start, a career coach can offer their advice and help you feel more confident.
3. CV writing guidance
In creative industries there is rarely a 'formula' to writing the perfect CV. While corporate industries are looking more for specific qualifications and the right terminology, most creative companies are more concerned about you as a person and what you can bring to the table.
A creative career coach will be able to help you write a CV with relevant information and can offer tips to make it stand out from the crowd.
4. Interview/audition coaching
When it comes to going to interviews or auditions, confidence is key. This is something a lot of career coaches are experts in. They will help you prepare for upcoming interviews and can offer their own advice to make sure the interviewer remembers you (for the right reasons).
5. Starting your own business
Launching your own business can be incredibly tough, no matter how experienced you are. A career coach can advise you on the formalities of setting up your own business and will help you turn an idea into a reality.
Their job isn't to tell you what to do. Instead they should offer advice according to their own experience and knowledge.
6. Maintaining a work/life balance
A career coach's job doesn't have to end once you land your dream job – they are there to support you throughout your career. For a lot of people this involves maintaining a good work/life balance.
When you're starting out in a new career, freelancing or setting up your own business it can be easy to forget about your life outside of work.
When your work requires you to be creative however, it is especially important to have some downtime. Far from being lazy or slacking, taking time away from work helps to lower stress and encourage innovative thinking.
A career coach can offer time management techniques and ideas for keeping your work life separate from your personal life.
What to look for in a creative career coach
A lot of the time, coaches who deal more in the creative industries will call themselves 'creative career coaches', but regardless of what they call themselves, you should try to find out as much as you can about a coach before making the decision to hire someone.
The role of a career coach is to help you figure out exactly what you want to do.
Look at their background and if possible, find out more about their coaching style. Some coaches are all about the business while others will have a more relaxed approach.
Finding someone you relate to and respect is key. As life coaching is an unregulated industry, you are also advised to check that they have relevant qualifications and insurance.
Where to find a career coach
Life Coach Directory is an online resource where you can find UK life coaches who meet a strict proof policy to assure you of their professionalism. In their profiles you will find all kinds of information, from fees and working hours to personal background.
This directory is also packed with information about the different areas of coaching and expert articles written by life coaches themselves, should you wish to explore it further.
Start off by using the search tool to browse coaches in your area and take some time to read through their profiles. Once you've found someone you think is right for you, get in touch to arrange a consultation. From here you can work together to outline your goals and devise a strategy to achieve them.