Career coaching has exploded since the pandemic turned the world on its head, with many businesses doubling down on investment in their staff during times of heightened stress and increased workloads.
We break down how working with a career coach can help you to map out a clear and actionable path toward a fulfilling professional career during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.
2020 has been a year of unparalleled global change.
We are all attempting to juggle working from home, maintain a healthy family life, deal with a lack of contact with friends or family, and forget about cancelled holidays.
Whether you are looking for a career change, have been furloughed or made redundant and have no choice but to find new employment, or even if you are self employed, it is a challenging time.
A career coach can be the person to do that and a whole lot more. From acting as a sounding board for your career ideas, to navigating new work environments, to helping you regain your self-confidence, a professional career coach can help you tread through uncertain waters.
Continue reading to discover seven ways in which you can benefit from coaching during the pandemic in 2020 and beyond.
1. Reminding you that you still have control over your life & your career
For many, COVID-19 is playing a huge part in everyday worries. Many are finding it increasingly difficult to continue working or to find employment, never mind the thought of changing careers.
Thinking about these issues can easily become overwhelming, leaving you feeling suffocated by what may seem like a situation that is too big to look in the eye.
If having to abruptly accept fundamental changes to your working life has left you feeling anxious or stressed, you are not alone.
Nearly 7 in 10 workers have said that navigating the pandemic has been the most stressful time of their entire professional career.
If you are looking to change your career direction or have been forced to find a new job during this uncertain time, a career coach can help you regain control of your emotions, and empower you to tackle these challenges head on.
Regaining a sense of clarity and confidence in tough times can open the door for you to walk into a new position, or even give you the self belief you need to ask for the pay rise you deserve.
Find out how SEVEN career coaches can help you to methodically/ systemically navigate your way through change and in many of our clients cases thrive through change.
“I started career coaching as I felt really lost as to where to direct my job search and was daunted by the extremely competitive job market (especially during covid-19 times).
Something that I didn't expect to gain from career coaching but actually turned out to be one of the most invaluable takeaways was the change in mindset. It has given me a more positive mindset going forward with my job search and in general life.” - Sophie Lee, SEVEN Client
2. A comprehensive, objective expert assessment of your x y z
Amongst the ever-evolving pandemic that we are all working through, it is easy to lose track of your priorities and forget what makes you you.
The overall climate can be derailing for many, but it doesn't have to be. There is as much, if not more, opportunity now than ever; it is about getting the objective expertise to help you turn this into opportunity.
Knowing how usually starts with understanding yourself.
Taking an in-depth look at your values, your strengths and your personality will provide you with the tools required to make the move into that new job or career.
Your career values and strengths are also directly linked to the values and strengths in your personal life. By getting to know yourself better, you can work out whether you want to stay in a job, career or company, or whether you in fact want to start down an entirely new career path.
A career coach can help you to identify where you are in your career, as well as the qualifications or professional development courses you might need to consider in order to reach your next opportunity.
They can help you gain clarity around what is important to you and can be a great guide as you move forward or change direction.
SEVEN Career coaches use tried and tested methodologies that help people to successfully identify their strengths and skills, and help people to decide on where their priorities truly reside.
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“The structured SEVEN approach, combined with my coaches wonderful enthusiasm, really helped me tap into my strengths and feel curious and excited about career hunting, despite the current economic situation.” - India Ferard, SEVEN Client.
3. Pinpointing your transferable skill sets
According to recent statistics, an estimated 1.5 million people were unemployed between June and August, while redundancies stood at 227,000. The UK unemployment rate is now at its highest in three years.
Whilst the unemployment rate is on the rise, there are still opportunities available for those who are looking to pivot and willing to adapt.There is a misconception that you can only move to a role if you experience, but the beauty of working with a career coach is that it helps you approach new roles in strategic ways and enables you to position yourself correctly based on your transferable skills and experience.
Identifying these skills might not be obvious to you at first, but an experienced career coach can help you to highlight your transferable skills, which can play a pivotal role if you are looking to change career and stand out from the crowd.
Want even more good news? You likely have more transferable skills and experience than you give yourself credit for!
Even better, sometimes it can be these “hidden” skills that present you with new opportunities and help you make a successful career change.
Some transferable skills are easier to quantify than others, and once identified you will quickly see how they fit into the new career you’d like to transition into.
A professional career coach will help you round out your C.V. and can brainstorm specific examples for interviews. By showing that you understand the new industry or role you are applying and by successfully explaining how your skill is transferable, you have a better chance of success.
4. Helping you take a more rational approach to opportunities
A good decision is an informed decision.
Deciding on your next career move is a struggle over which many of us have lost sleep and, while it’s tempting to throw caution to the wind and “go with your gut” it’s always better to gather as much information as you can before jumping into a career decision.
We are undoubtedly living in a period of increased stress. When you are stressed your brain has a hard time looking for new ways to work around problems, ultimately leaving you with impaired decision making skills.
A career coach can help you rationalise the decision making process, talking you through scenarios with a level-headed insight. Discussing your possibilities with a professional allows you to keep moving towards your goals, confidently knowing that the decisions you made will take you there.
SEVEN Career Coaching can help you uncover all the factors you need to take into consideration when making a career decision. After all, the decision you make could be life changing!
“My SEVEN coach ensured my initial job search was structured and organised, showed me how to best showcase my skills on my CV and cover letters and coached me on those tricky interview questions.” - Olivia Dickson, SEVEN Client
5. Tackling imposter syndrome
Imposter Syndrome, that nagging voice in your head that says “I’m not good enough” can sometimes rear its ugly head when you are put in a new position or are starting down a new career path.
While working at home has had some advantages, it has also increased isolation from work colleagues. This means less chances for professional feedback and an overall decrease in the opportunity for social interactions.
Social isolation and poor mental health are closely intertwined. Research by TotalJobs found that nearly half of UK workers have felt lonely at some point during lockdown periods.
For those of us that have kept a stable income and are able to continue on with our work from home, this can be somewhat easier to deal with. But for some it’s meant no longer having a job at all, or being furloughed with no determined future career prospects.
The same study by TotalJobs found that people who have been furloughed or made redundant experienced more than twice the ‘imposter’ feelings of the average worker.
People who experience Imposter Syndrome often feel like a failure as a result of being on furlough or having their role made redundant. This in turn can deal a hammer blow to self confidence, and leaves many questioning their skills and capabilities which makes job interviews even more difficult than before.
A professional career coach can work with you to create a programme designed specifically to your needs, and can work with you to dissolve Imposter Syndrome.
“I reached out initially after having been promoted into leadership position but struggling with low confidence, low self esteem, imposter syndrome, inability to articulate my thoughts, sheer panic when public speaking and wanting to get the best out of my team to mention a few things.
My SEVEN coach was amazing. She made me feel comfortable and at ease and provided me with great insight into some of my behaviours. My confidence has grown and I feel so much more at ease in myself and my position. It’s been a great investment in my future.” - Nazia Vorajee, SEVEN Client
6. Helping you avoid burnout
According to a recent survey of over 16,000 people that are working from home during the CoronaVirus pandemic, over 68% said they were experiencing worker burnout.
Burnout is the last stage of chronic stress and takes hold when all of your emotional, physical and mental energy has been spent.
This isn’t simply “feeling tired”, it is a medical condition that has the power to set off other problems such as depression, strokes, heart attacks and more.
A career coach can help you learn to de-stress and build resilience. Improving your mental well-being plays a huge role in avoiding or recovering from burnout, and is a big step towards living the life you truly deserve.
“I started my coaching journey with SEVEN because I sensed that he would go beyond a traditional models based approach to professional coaching.
I wasn't disappointed! My coach was truly transformational, tailored to me, and covered whole life improvement.” - Tom Spencer, SEVEN Client
7. Enhancing your digital presence and personal branding
In today’s highly competitive landscape, it is more important than ever to take time to shape your strategic priorities and think about creating and maintaining an authentic professional profile, both online and offline.
Your personal brand should be the thing that sets you apart from others. It’s your cumulative knowledge, experience and professional voice packaged and delivered in a way only you can provide.
Having a well presented digital presence coupled with high level personal branding can increase the probability of personal success whether you are in a corporate role seeking promotion or are looking for a new career challenge.
A career coach can give you the fundamental tools needed to create a standout digital presence, and should be able to show you all the ins and outs of how to build a successful personal brand during COVID-19.
“I learned so much about how to network in the new "remote" world, how to make meaningful connections and how to ask the right people for advice.
My SEVEN coach was very professional and patient with me, even spending time going over interview questions with me that ultimately got me to the promised land. She came from a recruitment background in a similar field of interest and that expertise obviously showed!” - Niall Dennehy
Whether you are looking to progress in your current role or considering entirely new career options, COVID-19 shouldn’t mean that your plans get put on hold completely.
During this uncertain time there is still plenty of opportunity to tackle your self doubts, discover your strengths, better your career prospects and move forward with your professional life - a career coach can help with all of these and more.
If you’re ready to take the next step, we’d love to help you. Our professional coaches discover your individual needs and create tailored solutions that will arm you with all of the tools you need to succeed in your future career. All coaching sessions can be held either online or at our London office.
SEVEN Career Coaching is London’s premier career coaching company. Our hand-picked team of Coaches have diverse backgrounds across the creative industries, education and HR, finance, banking, learning and development, entertainment and media.
Whatever your coaching needs, we have the expert Coach to fulfil it.