Career Coaching – Who Needs It?

Asking for help can be difficult, sometimes we only truly reach out when things are bad or, really urgent. Many of us rely on our friends and family to give us the feedback and advice we need, but what if you need a fresh perspective?

It takes a leap of faith to ask for help, to communicate your needs, and ideally be in a coachable mindset.  So, who needs a career coach?  With so many twists and turns in both life and career, consulting a career coach can help in so many stages across a lifetime.

Some of the services available from a Career Coach:

1)     Students / graduates – Education on networking and what to expect when applying for graduate programs. Resume, LinkedIn and job search advice is also in high demand

2)     Return to work parents – Re-entering the workforce can be daunting, advice on flexible work, communicating your brand and refreshing interview skills can be invaluable

3)     Redundancies – Coping with the shock of redundancy, unexpected change and the emotions that go with it. Re-framing and figuring out the next move while having someone to talk to is essential at this time in life

4)     Career Transition – Never quite got to the job of your dreams? How can we re-position and help you get there? Use your transferable skills to get the dream job

5)     Negotiating a pay rise or promotion –  Been delivering the goods but not seeing the rewards? Devise a value proposition based on your achievements, and present to your employer

6)     Interview practice – You’ve been for a dozen interviews, but you’re always the runner up, lets work on what you’re missing, and hone your skills to nail that interview

7)     Executives – After achieving so much, there’s still more to be explored. Let’s look at your life holistically, reassess and clarify what you really what in your next phase

8)     3rd Age – Downsizing and considering working less hours. You still have a lot to give- how can you make the most out of this time and continue to contribute?

These are just some of the areas where I provide coaching on a regular basis. Earlier, I mentioned getting a ‘fresh perspective’. What is very unique about engaging a coach is the fact they are 100% committed to working strategically, on gains and outcomes, for you. Coaches can help you see things pragmatically, with no hidden agenda or prior knowledge (hello, relatives and friends)

So, even if it’s brushing up on bridge, like Bill Gates, or if you’d like to be the next Bill Gates, take a step forward and engage a coach (it can move mountains)

Melinda Weston is a Professional Member of the CDAA (Career Development Association of Australia) based in Melbourne CBD. She can consult face to face, via skype, or phone. See, or for further enquiries