I often wonder if people think, "Why would I ever use a coach?" Why commit the time, money and energy into talking with a coach for 30 minutes to an hour every week when they could just complete the task on their own, free of charge, no hassle, just get the thing done already and move on without having to talk about your feelings at all. "I'm finally going to do it" they may say to themselves, "I just need to really buckle down to make it happen. What is this coaching all about anyway? Who has time for that?" I do understand this viewpoint because that was me up until recently. Life is busy and expensive, who does have time for all of this when you can just force yourself to do it on your own?
I find that oftentimes the plan to get "it" done whatever "it" is falls through he cracks and it doesn't get the attention it deserves because it isn't taking top priority in our schedules when really it's the one big thing eating away at us. It's something we want to change about our life, ourselves, the work we do, our personal lives, our health...so really important stuff! It is also something we're putting off for a day when we have more time, but there is never time.
I have found that the rewards and benefits of using a coach are so beneficial. Having one devoted, experienced person listening to you, holding you accountable to your goals, and asking the hard questions is so valuable in helping you actually achieve that goal, no matter how big or small it is. I recently heard the great advice on the awesome podcast Being Boss that it is helpful to have many different types of coaches for different goals you set for yourself - personal and professional - and for different stages in life. I am actually currently looking for a coach myself. Will report back on that at a later date.
So, if you were wondering, this is what I offer you as a coach. Some of my work with an individual client will be a mini session with only 1-2 phone calls and that's it. Maybe the client just wanted the resume edited and restructured. Other coaching/client relationships will last about 3-6 months with weekly or bi-weekly check-in calls depending on how much progress a client is making toward their goal. It also takes time to work though all of these steps, to identify goals and values and to establish new habits and routines that are going to get you to your goal. It WILL happen, it just depends on how hard you are willing to for work it. As your coach I am your biggest ally and I am there to make sure you reach that goal.
Typically, my coaching sessions last for 3-6 months and encompass everything listed below and more. I tailor the time we schedule our coaching calls to fit your schedule, the financial commitment, and the style based on each client's specific needs and goals. I hope to work with you someday!:
Resume and cover letter review, edits, and writing.
Social Strategy and networking.
Reflection and brainstorming on what you want to do using personality and career assessments and values exercises.
Job search techniques/resource lists/research on companies and industries of interest.
College and graduate school planning/admissions preparation & strategy.
Holding you accountable to your goals.
Cheering you on (u rah rah! u rah rah!)
Asking you the hard questions.
Helping you get the clarity you're looking for to get to where you'd like to go.