Career Coaching Services
So, what is a typical coaching programme?
While every programme will be as unique as you, every programme will begin with defining what you want to achieve. Sometimes clients have very clearly defined objectives – “I want to be mortgage-free in 10 years and know I need to change career path in order to achieve that” is an example that has crossed my path in the past.
Sometimes objectives are less tangible but equally important. often it’s the growing recognition that a current career and lifestyle just isn’t making you happy, you don’t look forward to going to work and rarely feel like doing a small dance! Perhaps you are so wrapped up that you cannot even hear the music ….
In this section, I’ve given you some examples of a typical programme. Naturally, you will want to know an outline of what you may be committing yourself to in terms of time and money. That’s why at the end of our first meeting I always produce a proposed work programme for you which we can review and amend until we feel satisfied in it.
“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun” – Katharine Hepburn (1909 – 2003)
Now I am not suggesting that you actually want to get up and do a small dance at your place of work each day, after all, Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher who once said
“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”.
So no, I promise not to build that into your programme. I am merely suggesting that feeling like doing one, driven by your contentment at your career is a good idea.
Usually, clients seeking career coaching are seeking change, often quite radical change such as wanting to get out of their current employment sector. This can be a quite daunting thing to consider, particularly for those who thought that they would always be in that sector. It is quite easy to feel trapped, to see it as impossible to break out, to keep to the rules and keep off the grass.
As your career coach, I will help you to define your new direction, look at possibilities and help you assess which ones to keep or to discard. Often I find that clients are worn down by their working environment, and have a fear of breaking out. I may even encourage you to challenge a few of those rules that Katharine Hepburn talked about.
In the past clients have invested in between 6 – 10 sessions over a period of a few months depending on the circumstance. We can work quickly, or we can work to a regular pattern driven by your needs.
It’s a troublesome thing, life isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got your life and your life plan sorted it conspires to send you some rubbishy thing that you were so not expecting.
Anna Mary Robertson was best known by her nickname Grandma Moses. She is often cited as an example of someone who began a successful career at an advanced age, becoming an artist in her 70’s. “If I hadn’t started painting I’d have raised chickens” she said in later life.
You are probably thinking ‘but what has this got to do with therapeutic coaching?’
Well, it is here because I see it as a great example of how it is possible to reinvent yourself and your career after difficulties, illness or disappointment. As a qualified psychotherapist (BSc Hons ) who ran a successful private practice for more than 10 years, I am able to understand the impact that life events can have on your career and your mental well being and apply this to support you in developing out your career path.
Often this type of coaching programme starts with a few weekly meetings before taking on a fortnightly or monthly pattern – but again we will work to your needs and your deadlines.
“ Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be” Anna Mary Robertson (1860 – 1961)
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” Coco (Gabrielle Bonheur) Chanel (1883-1971)
Now I will be the first one to say that the expression “Maternity Coaching” is actually a rubbish one. I have used it here simply because it’s a recognizable expression, but the coaching has little to do with actual maternity. Rather this is about helping you and coaching you through the transition of career woman to mum to working mother.
A typical programme would have 3 phases, the first usually taking place before you start your parental leave. This initial session will help you focus on topics such as communicating your news within the work environment, thinking things through and planning your next steps. Often clients have told me that one of the benefits of this phase is that it is entirely confidential – they can sound out various scenarios without feeling that they are making any commitment to an employer.
Just as important is not being judged. One client confided in me that “I don’t know if I want to go back at all’ but having built a successful career over 6 years in her workplace was experiencing guilt at even thinking this. Coaching provided a safe environment to sound out these thoughts knowing that they would remain between the two of us.
A second phase would take place just before the period of maternity leave ends with a focus on that return to work, emotional and practical considerations. There is no doubt about it, things will have changed. You’ve changed!. But as in Coco Chanel’s quote in order to be irreplaceable, it is no bad thing to ‘go back different’.
Coaching can help you prepare for the unexpected, maintain your self-confidence and make a smooth transition back to work.
Once you are back, most clients want to take time to settle into a very different routine. A final phase will see you reconnect with me when you are ready to re-engage with your career aspirations and career management.
And in case you’re wondering – this programme applies to anyone involved in parental leave
To find out more, to fix an initial meeting or simply to chat about anything that you’ve read here drop me a mail or call me on 07951 103917.