Working with a career coach will help you to make and keep your commitments to yourself.
Finding an IT Career Coach
When searching for a career coach try consulting with a few to find the one that you feel you have the best chemistry with. They should be able to demonstrate that they have in place a structured process for efficiently learning about you, your situation and your objectives. Here are some questions that might help:
- Ask the coach for a brief synopsis of their experience.
- Ask if they are a credentialed.
- The number of clients with whom they have worked?
- How do you structure your coaching programs?
- How will we measure success?
- What area if any do you specialize in?
- How long do you typically work with clients?
References and word of mouth are a great way to locate reputable career coaches. "Ask friends and colleagues, industry leaders, writers and experts. Often your own HR organization can refer you to resources. You can also search LinkedIn and industry publications for articles by career coaches, and look for them to be making presentations at industry conferences," says Kantor.
What's most important, say Auron and Kantor, is ensuring that the correct relationship/chemistry is there. "The most critical aspect of a coaching relationship is connection. So I think it's important to talk for at least 20-30 minutes to determine if that connection is there. If not, it's better to move on," says Auron.
Another great way to start is to find prominent career coaches who blog and follow their content. When you find a particular blogger who resonates with you, reach out to him or her.
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