Career Development Coaching

Feeling fulfilled is important to motivation, productivity and job satisfaction.

And yet, many of us spend more time planning our next vacation than we do thinking about our future at work. The idea that you should take ownership for your own professional development has been around for some time. But employees can’t do it alone. They need the tools to own their career. And they need support from their manager and the organisation. The Career Development Coaching Programme will provide employees with the opportunity to focus on their career goals and the steps to achieve them.

What is the Career Development Coaching Programme?

The Career Development Coaching Programme is a programme of confidential, bespoke, one to one sessions with a professional career development coach.

 

Benefits of the Career Development Coaching Programme

The Career Development Coaching Programme will help employees:

  • Gain clarity on what they do and don’t want to change in their current role
  • Develop greater insight into their strengths and the strategies that have helped them make progress in their career to date
  • Remind them of all the resources available to them to make progress
  • Think through what success looks like for them
  • Be creative about the possible development options available
  • Adopt a practical approach to development planning
  • Identify specific actions they can take to move forward

 

Who is it best for?

The Career Development Coaching Programme is for individuals in organisations. It is a chance for individuals to plan their professional development and shape their future in the organisation.

 

How does it work?

Launch Meeting

The programme starts with an introductory Launch Meeting. The purpose of the Launch Meeting is to introduce the employee(s) to their coach(es) and the AO approach to career development; provide them with details of the Career Development Coaching Programme and give them an overview of the Career Compass Workbook which contains the tools and templates they will need for their coaching sessions

Introductory Chemistry Sessions

The employee’s first meeting with their coach will be a Chemistry Session which lasts 45 minutes. This is their opportunity to get to know their coach and to talk through their situation with them.  This way they can agree on the most appropriate programme to suit their needs. As a result of the session, the employee and their coach will agree any specific objectives for the coaching.

One to One Coaching

The coaching programme consisting of three phases. The purpose is to help employees take ownership of their career development. Each phase consists of a coaching session with preparatory work, activities and assignments.

Phase 1: Learn from the past

In this phase, employees will reflect on their experience to date. This will help them answer the questions ‘who am I?’ and ‘what do I want?’ By developing their self-awareness and self-insight they will be better prepared to determine what’s important to them in their career and how they wish to develop.

Before the coaching session, the coach will ask employees to complete exercises and activities to aid their thought process. They should allow 2-4 hours to complete this preparation.

Areas they will cover include:

  • Assessing your skills and talents (what is the employee good at?)
  • Understanding values, drivers and motivations (what is most important to them?)
  • The role of personality in career development (what work roles and environments would suit them?)

In the coaching session the coach will enable the employee to clarify these results. This will lead to the creation of a ‘Career Wish List’, a summary of those key elements they must have in their work life. The coach will also recommend further assignments to aid their thought process.

Phase 2: Dream About the Future

As a result of Phase 1, the employee will have increased clarity and confidence. They will then be in the best possible frame of mind to develop a clearer vision of future success.

Before the coaching session, the coach will ask the employee to complete exercises and activities to aid their thought process. They should allow 2-4 hours to complete this preparation.

Areas they will cover include:

  • Summarising the ‘Career Wish List’ – key elements for job satisfaction
  • Identifying career and personal development opportunities and ideas
  • ‘Reality testing’ – an initial consideration of resources and obstacles
  • Identifying areas to research further, and ways to achieve this

During the coaching session, they will first ensure that the ‘Career Wish List’ is as specific as possible.  The employee and their coach will build on that to explore and create a picture of future success. They will then discuss ideas and strategies for making progress.

Phase 3: Take Action

This phase will help you create achievable goals and actions for the next stage of your development.

Before the coaching session, your coach will ask you to complete exercises and activities to aid your thought process. You should allow 2-4 hours to complete this preparation.

Areas they will cover include:

  • Developing knowledge and skills – initial consideration of experiences, conversations and training
  • Developing profile – opportunities to raise visibility and influence others’ perceptions
  • Developing relationships – key stakeholders, mentors and sponsors who can support progress

In the third coaching session, the employee and their coach will review what they have learned and help them decide on practical next steps. They will also help set realistic goals and devise small and relevant actions to achieve them.

Your journey starts with a confidential 30-minute informal Discovery Call to discuss your leadership development and career management needs and priorities.





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