If there’s anything a good coach knows, it’s that there are no typical coaching outcome. With a motivated client and an effective coaching relationship, the results often exceed clients’ expectations. And the positive impacts frequently extend beyond the client’s career. That being said, below are three common career-specific coaching outcomes.
- Radical Career Shift
In this instance, the client realizes over the course of the coaching work that their current career is not at all in alignment with their true passion or purpose. They decide that they must make changes to realign their career with their true calling. Through the coaching relationship, the coach and client work through beliefs that have prevented the client from taking the leap to pursue this new path. They then work with the coach to develop a plan to align with their true purpose. And then the client and coach work together to execute that plan. The end result is that the client has successfully aligned with their true purpose and has found a career that provides deep meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
- Job Change
In this example, the client comes to the realization that they truly do love the work that they do, but that they’re just not working in the optimal environment. Perhaps they don’t fit within their current employer’s culture. Or maybe they just don’t align with the management team. In such instances, the client may choose to work with their coach to determine their top priorities and what the ideal work environment would look like. What factors does the client see as critical in the perfect role? The coach and client oftentimes continue to work together while the client explores new opportunities, and may decide to work together on areas such as enhancing interview skills, resume writing, and salary negotiation strategies. In the end, the client ends up continuing to do the work that they love, but in an environment that provides them with the characteristics they need to thrive.
- Leadership Development
In this instance, the client seeks to enhance their leadership skills to improve their chances for promotion in the near future. The coach and client work on several key areas, including people management, communication skills, time management, and most importantly, raising the client’s level of emotional intelligence. The client and coach employ various tools and practices to achieve this goal. As the client begins to employ these tools and strategies at work, they notice that they are achieving better results and