What do you want in your career?

A few years ago, I coached a person in his forties who had only become an accountant because he knew that was what his parents wanted him to be. Choosing a career is a very difficult decision to make when you are young and can be even more difficult when you are older and may be forced into choosing a second career. 

Many people do not know where to start when deciding on a career or making a career change. The danger of relying on a parent or a partner is that they are too involved with the process and, of course, they want the best for their loved one. The benefit of using a coach is that we are detached and by acute listening and asking the right questions, we help the coachee to work out what they really want for your future.

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We start off by getting to know each other and establishing the behavioural strengths of the coachee. We use a number of exercises to achieve this including a Prism Profile. Generally, if people do what they are good at, they enjoy it too. Where people don’t have a clue of where to start, we try and establish three different areas/sectors/roles that the coachee can go and investigate and explore. Rather than being uptight about the process, we try and make it fun, and research in a relaxed way.

I recommend coachees buy a copy of “What Color is your Parachute” which shows amongst other things that having a direct approach to contacting companies and not relying solely on recruitment agencies, is a good place to start. Although this book, which is updated each year, is American, as you probably spotted with the spelling of ‘color’, the messages are very applicable to the UK.

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Once target companies, or a supportive recruitment agency are identified, it is time to get your CV and LinkedIn Profile up to date. This is the beginning of the process to get you an interview, so it is important that everything aligns and there is nothing which could cause discomfort in your social media history. 

Once you get your interview, does it include a presentation? How many people are going to interview you? and are you fully rehearsed on how you are going to be interviewed which might be your first, or the first time after maybe 30 years! Practice makes perfect and by the time coachees have been through this process with me, they find the real interview relatively easy. It is very important to realise that the interview is a 2-way process. What questions do you have to ensure the role is the right one for you and whether the culture of the company fits your personal profile?   

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I suppose the crux of the matter is what do you enjoy doing? What does your personal profile look like? Do you have the right behavioural strengths to suit the role in which you are interested? As my wife regularly reminds me, we are only here once, so we might as well enjoy ourselves at the same time.

I love coaching, so if I can be of help to you or somebody close to you please get in touch neil@nvwsolutions.co.uk

Article By Neil Williams

www.nvwsolutions.co.uk