If you are considering getting help with a career decision, you might be wondering what exactly it would be like to work with a career coach.
Here is a description of the coaching process and the tools I often use when working with clients on a career decision.
1. Definition of the problem
The first step for me is to make sure that I understand exactly what your needs are and what you hope to achieve by working with me. For example, you can look for a change in your career and help figuring out which direction to take. If you want to clarify a career decision, we are on the right track and I have no doubts that my process can help.
2. Clarify the criteria
If you want to take your career in a new direction, we usually start with a thorough clarification of your personal criteria.
What matters most to you for your next career change? Part of it will be an open conversation. Sometimes I use picture cards to get more information about your core values and issues that interest you personally. Letting you choose images and talk about them can illuminate your values in ways that words alone cannot. Then we can delve into different aspects with several standardized assessments. For example:
– Assessments of your preferred values, interests and work styles in relation to your career
– An assessment of your skills, including those with potential for growth or burnout, with the motivated skills matrix
– A personality assessment, based on the five-factor personality model with 30 subscales (IPIP-NEO 300: International Personality Item Pool Representation of the NEO Personality Inventory – Revised: NEO PI-R)
3. Explore options and strategies
Each of these steps and assessments typically requires at least one session. At the end of each session, we will always be thinking about possible homework for you, if you are ready for it, so that you can move the process as much as possible between sessions, if and as much as you want. . For example:
After the skills assessment, we can think of new search terms that you could use in your career search. We’ll discuss research strategies for you, such as using O * NET or LinkedIn as sources of information (each very limited in its own way, but valuable and complementary).
The results of the skills assessment can be a great starting point for rethinking your work history and achievements. You can do exercises at home that will help you write your CV later and naturally talk about your skills and strengths in an interview. You will find ways to showcase the skills you like to use the most and want to develop further in the future.
The Career Values Assessment, as well as the Personality Assessment, can give us new insights into which employers and work environments are right for you. You may want to hold informational interviews between sessions, so that you can come back with new information and ideas. For most people (not just introverts!), Asking someone for an informational interview isn’t easy. I can help you think about how to contact and what questions to ask, depending on your situation in your decision making process.
4. Decide on your best strategies and plan the next steps
Once we have the results of all the assessments, we will look at all of this information and distill your very personal set of your most important criteria. We will use this set of criteria to guide your search for options and information, and to assess specific career paths. Visual tools, such as decision tables and trees, can help us determine which strategies are your winners. We can even assess your options with weightings and numerical scores, if the decision is still difficult at this point. Or, I can help you think about particularly uncertain options with risk analysis tools, such as scenario trees. Often, however, these formal tools are not even needed in the end. You will probably have gained enough clarity on the direction you want to take and your best strategies to continue in that direction.
Once you’ve decided on a strategy (or more that you want to pursue), I can help you plan your next steps. At this point, you are probably on the right track. Our coaching process might end there, or you might want ongoing help and guidance from me, as you take the next steps and work toward your next goals. Either way, the clarity you gain through this process and knowing that you are making the best decision possible will help you fully engage and act.
Hope this description gives you a better idea of how career decision coaching might work for you! If you are interested in coaching or would like more information, do not hesitate to get in touch!