What is the difference between career consulting and coaching?
Career consulting focuses more on your professional development and covers shorter periods of time, usually up to five years. Tools from the career consulting kit are different—f.i. they help in drawing up a professional profile from your strengths and weaknesses.
Why should I need career consulting?
It is often quoted that “one in three employees” are unhappy with their roles. Wherever it comes from—counterproductive discussions at work, fickle-minded superiors, obnoxious colleagues, dissatisfying perspectives—the feeling remains: My job doesn’t fit any more.
You have already been browsing vacancies, but you still don’t have a clue which one to go for.
Mind you, that’s not surprising. The longer people are in the rat-race, the less they feel able to say what their real needs are. Working life is a habitat that stresses utility and purpose. It gears us to the company’s requirements, not to our own. So, when it comes to making a career decision after years of job routine, the feeling of being lost is somewhat to be expected.
Well, how do I decide on my new career in such a state, then?
I suggest you first take some time.
Allow yourself some time for your goal-seeking process, don’t put yourself under pressure. It is crucial to get away from the daily grind. Only when you have a little distance can you see things clearly. Once you have achieved that, start to take a look at yourself, maybe with the help of a consultant, and find answers to the following questions:
- What are you proud of? What are your achievements, what are you really good at?
- What did you really enjoy?
- Which challenges did you encounter in your career and how did you overcome them?
Unlike many career consultants, I think that It is not just a list of strenghts and weaknesses that clients need in such situations. It is quite simply the gut feeling. An emotional coherence between your professional role and your personality.
When you’ve found this inner coherence again, the rest might take a bit of an effort but is basically plain sailing: Decision-making, finding a suitable job. It’s worth a try.