By Sherri Sacks
When we hear the word “coach,” people often think about sports. Most athletes in every sport use coaches. Sports metaphors are often used when referring to coaching. Just like athletic coaching, career coaches attempt to create the right atmosphere for learning and skill development in order to help a person or group of people achieve specific goals.
For most people, being at a crossroads in their lives is the motivating factor for scheduling an appointment with a Career Coach. They might be looking for their first job, want a career change, experienced a change in their economic situation, are unable to return to their previous position because of a disability, been laid off or terminated, moved to a new city, or aren’t sure of their vocational interests and aptitudes. A Career Coach can help you to assess your career values, interests and skills.
Sometimes people may be hesitant to enlist the help of a career coach for various reasons, including fear of the unknown. With the JCS Career Center, the first consultation with your Career Coach is free. Be prepared to talk about your past work history, your current job if you have one, and then be ready to answer questions like:
- What do you like about your current job (or last job if you’re unemployed)?
- Do you like to sit behind a desk or get out and walk around?
- Do you like to interact with people?
- Do you like to work with your hands?
- Do you see yourself going back to school for training?
- What salary range do you need to be economically self-sufficient?
- Where do you see yourself working in a few years?
- What’s your dream job?
It’s okay if you don’t have answers to all the questions right away, but at least talking it out will get you headed in the right direction. The goal of a career coach is to establish a relationship with a client so they can work together to attain a better employment picture for that individual. In order to make your relationship with a Career Coach as successful as possible, you need to be clear and specific about your goals, prioritize your issues so you know what you want, and be honest with yourself and your coach. The more you invest, the better the results.
Just like the world of sports, the work world can be competitive. Having the right coach to guide you along the way as you accomplish your goals can make all the difference.
By Sherri Sacks, JCS Career Coach
The JCS Career Center offers comprehensive employment assistance that helps job seekers of all abilities and skill levels find and maintain employment. Services include career coaching, career assessments, resume and cover letter services, interview preparation, job readiness training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement assistance.
To make an appointment for a free consultation visit please call 410-466-9200 or go to www.jcsbaltimore.org.