Career Development Coaching and Life Coaching are services that have a strong overlap. Both kinds of coaches help you find and follow a path that suits your fits you. Career Development Coaching is essentially a subset of Life Coaching that requires a particular expertise. Marcia Bench, founder of Career Coach Institute defines Career Coaching as
an interactive process of exploring work-related issues - leading to effective action - in which the coach acts as both a catalyst and a facilitator of individual and in turn, organizational development and transformation.
Contracting with a life coach for career development coaching services: You will work together to attend to areas of your work life such as career management, career change, professional and leadership development, professional, executive, and leadership development. Just as important in career development coaching is working to balance all the"spokes" of your wheel of life with your career.
Already have a job? Maybe it isn't working quite working for you, not quite what you envisioned for your career path. Maybe you haven't figured out what works for you? What if you know what kind of job you want but haven't had the umph to pursue it? or can't get past some internal barriers that keep getting in your way?
Right career path, good job, lousy environment? Maybe you really want to stick with the job or career you have, but...the boss is difficult, the work environment is painful, the commute is too long, the hours aren't working for you any more...." A career development coach can help you with that dilemma!
Too many passions to pick just one? It might be that you don't know where you want to go because there are so many interesting and diverse opportunities. One of the most challenging dilemmas I get to help clients with is answering the question, "But how can I pick one career path? ... there are just too many exciting opportunities to pick and stick with just one?" It might be an issue beyond your control.
Here are some more issues I can help you with in our career development coaching sessions ...
Authentic Vocation Addressing all those kinds of challenges and many more, a career development coach can help you seek and find what Marcia calls "Authentic Vocation." By helping you look closely at 8 key areas of your wheel of life through a lens of "Business Reality" a coach can help you find work that not only utilizes your skills and provides adequate (or better!) income, but is also deeply fulfilling in a holistic way.
If you've worked with a life coach before, you'll recognize the areas career development coaching work in:
Sometimes you hire a Career Development Coach as an individual for your own career and professional purposes and sometimes your employer will hire the coach. Regardless of who hires the career coach, there are a lot of reasons for hiring one. What follows is a pretty exhaustive list, there are many other reasons not listed.