4 Career Coach tips for planning your new career strategy.
Updated: Jun 8
Last week we looked at how to turn career challenges and roadblocks into opportunities and this week I wanted to share four of my top tips as a career coach for planning a new career strategy to help get you on your way.
Perhaps you dreaming of a totally new role? Or you want to climb the corporate ladder and aim for that promotion that you’ve had your eye on for a while? Maybe you want to set up your own business?
Whatever your career goals for 2020, you’ll need to have a plan in place to realise your ambitions.
1. Set short and long-term career goals
Change doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s a very good idea to look at your overall ambitions and break them down into smaller, more manageable targets.
If, for example, you're hoping to be the head of a department in a few years to come, you'll need to plan the steps you'll need to take to get there in both the long and short term. This might involve a shorter term goal of obtaining a certain qualification or being picked to lead a new project.
Getting all of these steps down onto paper can help your journey become more manageable and will help keep you maintain motivated, so it's an excellent exercise to start in planning your career strategy.
2. Choose your path
There are several ways that you can reach your career goals, so it's important that you identify each route and then decide which fits better with everything else that is going on in your life right now.
Some paths might require you to retrain and head back to full-time education, but this isn't exactly practical if you have a mortgage and a young family. Instead, perhaps consider the longer way around and seek out opportunities to climb up the career ladder while undertaking part-time courses.
Sure, it might be the longer route to your end goal, but if it suits your circumstances better, then it’s definitely the option you should take.
I worked full time whilst I re-trained as a coach which was both frustrating as it seemed to take ages, however, also incredibly beneficial as it took that long for me to discover that I wanted to specialise in confidence and career coaching.
3. Overcoming obstacles
Nothing worth having is ever easy, so expect to encounter the odd obstacle on your way to career success.
Having an idea of any challenges you might face during your climb to the top or road to the job of your dreams can help you prepare and plan in advance what you’ll need to do to overcome them.
For example, if you know that you lack a particular skill that you'll require at some point in your journey, do some research and find out what courses are available to help fill the gap and slot them into your annual calendar when it suits you. Some firms will subside professional development training so find out if your current employer offers this. If not, it could be that you are eligible for a grant – again, this is something you can research to help you on your way.
4. Reach out
Achieving career dreams is very much a team effort, so don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help and support. Family members are excellent for giving you a little extra confidence to keep going, and you can also rely on them for some help when brushing up your CV or giving your social media profiles a refresh.
Having someone who isn't emotionally invested in your goals is a great idea too, and you'll find that career coaches can offer a third-party perspective on your route along with expert guidance, feedback and support.
Get in touch today to find out more about setting up a career strategy for success.
5. Life-Work Balance
Whatever role or career you choose and how you get there must work in and for your lifestyle now and in the future. Think about all the areas in your life and how they may be impacted by such a change. Consider what you are willing to sacrifice and go without and if your efforts will reap the rewards you crave.
Having your end ideal in mind is a great way to stay motivated, however, be prepared to be flexible to allow other opportunities to arise.