Career coaching in London
For over 5 years. I have been empowering people to live better through life and career coaching in London. I seek to draw upon all my experiences, personal and professional to do this. Part of my job also involves making clear when career coaching is NOT needed. For, people often waste time and money on career coaching not realising that what they actually need is a good recruiter or industry specific mentoring. Much of the problem is around failing to clearly understand what career coaching is and when it may be useful.
What is career coaching anyway?
I view the focus of career coaching to be about “finding work that is right for YOU”. People tend to use the terms executive coaching and career coaching somewhat interchangeably. I prefer to define career coaching as a related, but separate area. The focus of executive coaching is enabling you to uncover behavioural insights about yourself that improve performance in your organisational role. Of course, this may lead into exploring what career is right for you at a fundamental level. However, that is not the main intention of executive coaching.
Rather, it is career coaching that has this focus — the focus of uncovering what work is right for you. In one sense, all this is semantic. Yet, the terms career coaching and executive coaching exist and it is useful to be clear about what we mean. Well, at least I can be clear about what I mean by them in my own practice.
There are two key aspects to the question of what work is right for you. One aspect is having a sensible framework with which to explore the question of ‘career’. And, my self-coaching guide — ‘On finding fulfilling work’— available to download for free, is designed to do just that. The second aspect is around uncovering and breaking through what holds you back from really embracing the right kind of work for you. Breaking through those personal blockages that stop you from seeking fulfilling work.
You may not need career coaching
In a sense, 90% of what is called career coaching can be done without a coach. That is why I created a self-coaching guide on it and that is also why I have not done the same for executive and life coaching. For, those areas are far too complex to be reducible to a few lines of text and require deeper exploration. On the other hand, much of career coaching has to do with simply having a good structure to explore the question of ‘career’ and ‘work’. The rest you can very probably do in your own time, with the help of the internet and perhaps a recruiter.
The second aspect is what is much more likely to need 1:1 work with a coach. Reading my self-coaching guide is very likely to be enough — I wrote it as a self-contained piece that anyone could access anywhere. If not, do get in touch to explore if 1:1 coaching is right for your needs.