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October 27, 2009

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I don't see using a career coach for keeping myself on task or focusing, but I could totally see needing help identifying what my skills would be great for...I just have a really hard time thinking of a job I would enjoy and be great at that also pays more than volunteer work. I still don't know what I should be/want to be when I "grow up".

I love this question and thought it was worth chiming in as I have been a Certified Executive and Personal Coach for ten years and have a wealth (no pun intended) of experience working with individuals defining what they want and supporting them in the actions necessary to create it.

I always like to know more about the person and their current situation before taking on a client in need of career guidance. For starters, are they unemployed or employed? Do they have a job but in the wrong career or are in need of switching jobs in the same field or an entirely new field all together? These preliminary questions should be asked by any Certified Coach so as to better ascertain if they are the right coach for them and is coaching what they need at this time. Only once some initial curiosity is taken (from both sides) can one determine if coaching is the right next step for them.

As I mentioned, it's from both sides. There are many people out there and out of work these days claiming to be "coaches" and although they may have some (or a lot of) experience in some type of related field, they are not qualified to be calling themselves coaches. I have met numerous people with some HR or management experience but in my experience that doesn't necessarily mean they are career coaches let alone the right coach for you.

Anyone interested in hiring a career coach should do their homework first. Almost every Certified Coach I know and have met offer a complimentary coaching session so as to better ascertain who this person is, what they need and if it's a match. One should never hire a coach without speaking to them first and by all means ask for references. Any qualified and successful coach should have no problem offering up references.

At the end of the day, I believe the question worth asking yourself is really one of self-worth and value. I always ask people, "are you worth investing in yourself?". Oddly enough people tend to be thrown off by such a question but when you look at how people relate to themselves and more specifically their careers -- they (meaning we) all do some whacky stuff. Your career doesn't define you but is merely an aspect of your life. You get to say what you want and how it's going to go, the right coach can support you in making that happen!

Respectfully,

Joshua Miller

The answer to your first question is 100000% YES. It's simple math. People only deny the question when they think about other things.

I would spend $10,000 to earning $100,000 every day and would soon retire a multi-billionaire in the process.

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