If you are trying to decide on a career coach in San Diego, La Jolla, Escondido or Southern California in general, you might be feeling a bit confused.
Trying to decide on a career coach in San Diego?
One of your first questions might be around whether or not you need a career coaching or an executive coaching. Let me clarify the difference:
Career coaching tends to be around two central themes:
- Career management – i.e. Are you in the right role? What do you really want to be doing? Where should you be focusing?
- Finding a job – i.e. Creating a strategy for a successful job search so that you can get hired as quickly as possible.
Executive coaching is focused on increasing performance within the workplace.
Professionals often hire an executive coach to help with things like:
- Transitioning into a new role
- Overcoming burnout
- Leading organizational change efforts
Frequently, the same coach can provide executive and career coaching, so then the question becomes which skills are most relevant to your particular needs.
If you are looking for executive coaching, you want to focus on a coach who has “been there, done that” in terms of their professional career. In other words, the coach’s professional career matters tremendously.
If you are looking for career coaching, the coach’s career is less important, as the premium is on their coaching process and its ability to deliver you the results you are looking for.
As you look at the career and executive coaches in San Diego, you will see a great deal of variety in background. Be sure and ask any coaches you speak with the following questions:
- What has your professional career been like? What roles have you held? What responsibilities?
- What research based tools/techniques do you use in your coaching practice?
- Have you worked with a coach? Why? What was the impact?
- How long do you tend to work with clients?
Asking these questions will help you identify the best fit for your practice and get you moving forward in the right direction with whichever coach you decide to work with.
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