Lollie Barr, from Sunday Style shares her experience with Career Money Life’s Certified Supplier and Career Coach, Raelene Campbell.
YOU know that feeling when you haven’t exercised for aeons, then you stand, ashamed, in front of a personal trainer with abs on their abs? When career coach Raelene Campbell from Career: Take 2 flickered to life on Skype, ready for our first session, that’s exactly how I felt.
My career direction is spinning like a de-magnetised compass. I haven’t updated my LinkedIn profile or résumé for years. I’m a twice-published fiction author without a decent website and have recently been contemplating packing in the writing life for a corporate job with actual pay and super. Can Campbell help me find my career true north?
“We need to understand your values set and what’s driving your decisions, to find a genuine sense of career fulfilment,” says Campbell, who spent 20 years in HR and performance management before becoming a coach. Hence, we begin by deconstructing where I’m at in my career, and focusing on what I want from my life more generally.
Rebecca Fraser, a career coach and committee member of the industry’s professional body, the Career Development Association of Australia (cdaa.org.au), explains that coaching doesn’t simply look at what your job is and what your skills are. “We look at a person’s deeper motivations and personality. We ask why they’ve made their career decisions to date and what opportunities are available in the future.” On top of analysis, she adds, “There’s the accountability factor; coaches give practical advice, clear steps and support to focus and achieve goals.”
It is today’s fluid workplace that’s driving us to turn to coaches, particularly in times of transition: leaving education, planning the next step up the ladder, or wanting to move into a new career. Unlike the “job for life” of previous generations, nowadays we chop and change. By 2020, we’ll only hold a job for three years on average, according to forecasters McCrindle (today, it’s four years). And with the march of digitisation, almost 40 per cent of jobs, including highly skilled roles, may be redundant in 10 to 15 years, according to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
In these uncertain times, “Coaches should know how clients are going to become and remain relevant to their industry,” says Campbell. “They identify where clients need to develop to ensure career longevity.”
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