"Start Where You Are. You are not too late, and you’re never too early. Design thinking can help you build your way forward from wherever you are, regardless of the life design problem you are facing. But before you can figure out which direction to head in, you need to know where you are and what design problems you are trying to solve.”

(Burnett & Evans, 2016, p.3)

CAREER COACHING

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Career coaching is the process of helping clients:

  • Create their vision

  • Discover their purpose, calling, strengths, core values, and desired contribution

  • Align passions, skills, and core values with career and life

  • Create more fulfilling work and personal life

  • Set goals and take action 

  • Ultimately, a fulfilling retirement

 

​Career planning that helps fulfill such essential criteria as those listed above, and more, are critical to achieving fulfilling careers and work-life balance. 

 

The Current State of Job Change

Career and job change has changed from a job for life to many career and job changes throughout an individual's lifetime.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal (2010), "U.S. workers will have seven careers in his or her lifetime" (para. 2).

  • From a slightly different perspective, Doyle (2020) reports U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) insights that "the average number of jobs in a lifetime is 12" (para. 5).

Career Coaching is often a focus in and of itself. Yet, as one clarifies their career goals through the Coaching experience, the growth process frequently intersects with leadership and life/transition growth opportunities and challenges.

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Reasons for Changing Jobs

Some examples of the common reasons that workers change jobs include:

  • Seeking higher pay

  • Better benefits and perks

  • Relocation to a different geographic area

  • Career advancement

  • Choosing a less stressful job

  • Escaping an incompetent or negative boss

  • Changing career focus

  • Better work-life balance

  • Reorganization at their company

  • Layoff due to duplication of their job resulting from a merger or acquisition

  • More interesting work

  • Better work schedule

  • Skills and abilities didn't fit the job

  • Lack of recognition for accomplishments

  • Outsourcing of job function

  • Company moved to a new location

  • Better alignment between personal values and organizational priorities(

(​Doyle, 2010, para. 15)

The Key to Career Planning and Decision-Making

The key to effective career planning and decision making is in aligning four factors to optimize career satisfaction and life balance:

  • Clarifying core values

  • Creating a personal vision

  • Defining one's mission/purpose in life

  • Identifying and leverage one's strengths and talents

 

​By reflecting on these four critical success factors for career planning and decision making, clients lay a strong foundation for charting their course forward in life and career. 

​The good news is it is never too early to apply these principles and processes, and it's never too late. Just start where you are:

 

"You are not too late, and you're never too early. Design thinking can help you build your way forward from wherever you are, regardless of the life design problem you are facing. But before you can figure out which direction to head in, you need to know where you are and what design problems you are trying to solve." (Burnett & Evans, 2016, p.3)

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Clarify Your Core Values

The research concludes that people are most effective when they know themselves, recognize the demands of the situation, and adapt their behavior to various conditions.

​Values define what's important to us in life; they are beliefs that drive our decisions, anchor our lives, and define us as individuals. Clarifying values is the process of identifying and prioritizing one's core values.

 

By clarifying core values, clients will identify and prioritize their most essential values in work and life. Having a clear sense of core values is critical to career development and will help in making satisfying choices.  Values contribute significantly to a sense of fulfillment or meaning in life

Alternatively, when values are thwarted, people often report feeling that they are living life on a treadmill or that they are burned out.

Values Clarification helps sort out what is essential in one's personal and professional life. By better understanding yourself, you are now prepared to more effectively make career plans, establish skill development goals, and make more informed decisions, leading to the preferred work environment and quality of life.

Create Your Vision

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
By Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Create a vision of what you would like to be and chart your course forward.

 

Vision is like a beacon pulling one towards their preferred future state. A vision capture a person's dreams, aspirations, intention, and how they hope others will see them. Creating a personal vision allows a person to dream about, articulate their preferred future state, and share it with others.

 

Identify Your Mission and Purpose in Life

"Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone's task is as unique as is his opportunity to implement it. We detect rather than invent our missions in life"

By Victor Frankl

  • Clearly state your overall purpose, your reason for being, and your identity.

  • What are the driving forces in your life? What do you want to be?

  • What would my family and friends say is the driving force in my life?

Identifying and Leverage One's Strengths and Talents

To start where you are in the process of career planning is to learn as much as you can about your self.

 

The science of personality and competency assessment
Provides in-depth personality and job matching insights.

  • What jobs are good a good fit based on measuring?

  • What drives behavior creates satisfaction at work?

  • Why people are good at and prefer certain types of work? 

 

For example, The Caliper Profile has been validated for nearly a half-century of research and measures over twenty-five personality traits that relate to job performance. 

 

​Another example is form Talexes and their TalassureMX assessment. The TalassureMX assessments bring clarity and precision, measuring thinking, personality, and interests.

 

Click here for detailed insights into assessments available through TRUE NORTH COACHING SOLUTIONS.

 

Thinking
Cognitive ability has been proven to be one of the most important predictors of success on the job. The TalassureMX measures cognitive ability with the Reasoning Ability scale, which indicates a measure of expected learning, reasoning, and problem-solving potential.

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Personality
The Personality section contains scales that measure behavioral characteristics, which have proven to lead to job success. The degree to which an individual possesses a desired personality trait can significantly affect their success in a job.


Interests
An individual's actions are often motivated by their interests. The type of occupational interests an individual holds is not indicative of success in a position but is valuable information for increasing motivation within that individual. TalassureMX reports on six occupational interests. 

 

​Just start where you are:

"You are not too late, and you're never too early. Design thinking can help you build your way forward from wherever you are, regardless of the life design problem you are facing. But before you can figure out which direction to head in, you need to know where you are and what design problems you are trying to solve." (Burnett & Evans, 2016, p.3)

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