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6 Reasons Why You Need a Career Coach

Of course you can muddle through in your current job, as many do, while you're tired of it. After all, it's a big step to look for change, a new job or a challenge with your current employer. But determining what you really want, what can really make you happy, is easier said than done.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Career Coach

In such cases, a career coach can help. Not only do you've a sounding board, but you also have a sometimes annoying critic who forces you to think better about what you do, what you want, and specially what you shouldn't want.

No, a career coach doesn't necessarily help you find a new job. You really have to do that yourself. But they're good at helping you in your personal growth, making your ambitions clearer and holding you up to a mirror. The common misconception is that you know best what's good for you. Simply not true, because people are naturally inclined to fool themselves.

Here are 6 benefits of a Career Coach:

1. Clarity

The most important thing a coach can give you is clarity, both about what you've achieved so far and about your goals. If you don't know where you're from, what you're going to and where you want to be in the end, you have a problem. A problem that's surprisingly common among people who aspire to another job. A career coach can help you develop a broader perspective on your situation and how you respond to it. It creates more clarity, you can set goals and better recognize new opportunities. That clarity can clarify what really motivates you and you may end up on completely different career paths that you haven't considered before.

2. Trust

The right level of confidence can help in a job interview. Knowing what you can do and what you've done, and being able to express it clearly, makes you leave a much better impression in such a conversation. It provides clear added value.

3. Achieve goals faster

Working with a coach ensures that you can achieve your goals faster and more often. You improve your interaction with colleagues and (other) managers, you lead your team more efficiently, you handle complex projects better, and you're more resistant to stress. Even your private life is improving.

4. Confidentiality

The difference between a mentor and a coach is that a mentor often works in the same company as you. A coach is only there for you, not for HR or your manager, and there's a relationship of trust between you and your coach. Confidentiality is crucial for coaches, otherwise he or she can't work.

5. New tools and insights

It's difficult to improve yourself if you don't know where to start. A career coach will work with you to discover your strengths and weaknesses and help you make a plan to fill in shortcomings and take full advantage of your strengths.

6. Accountability

With a coach nearby, there's no escape. After all, you've discussed everything you intend to do with yourself, so you tend to stick to your own intentions. Otherwise the coach will deal with you.

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