Are you looking for a way to address the complexities of career mobility and transition in coaching? In today’s harsh economic climate, career mobility can be presented as a lateral, vertical and downward move. I recently had a client who experienced what she believed to be a downward career move but it was presented to her as a vertical move. Imagine the shock of finding yourself with reduced wages, more responsibility and an upgraded title? This is not uncommon in the hectic pace of today’s workplace where everyone is competing for higher wages and more respect but not necessarily more responsibility.
What about the emotional challenges and skills that one needs to be successful in the new role? It is more common than not to be moved into a new role without the training, mentoring or support to make it a success. Often, these clients flounder, trying new things, settling into a rut or making their co-workers and subordinates’ lives miserable. It often becomes your job as the coach to support your clients in finding the resources and tools to do well in their new roles.
While most people are familiar with career counselling, career coaching is growing in popularity. Career coaching offers the client an opportunity to explore options and expand their thinking about who they want to be and the kind of life they want to have, giving them the space to imagine the best career option for them.
Aside from career coaching that explores employment opportunity, there is career mobility coaching that stays with the clients while in a mobile career. It allows the coach to support the client as they face the difficulties, challenges and surprises that come with having a career that is mobile. The coach partners with the client to stay open to new things, ride the waves of uncertainties, explore new possibilities as well as encouraging them to be supportive and think outside the box of what may be possible.
The coach also becomes a support to maintain focus, learn new skills, to develop coping strategies to address workplace conflicts and difficult working relationships. The coach may also partner with the client to find new and interesting ways to relieve work stress, stay well and maintain a positive attitude.
As the workforce becomes more unpredictable and competitive, it is expected that more employees will need to align themselves with a coach to support them through what can sometimes feel like a whirlwind career. Some other factors that are affecting career mobility is travel, many employees identify travel as a big stressor in their career. Often as one becomes more mobile, their travel schedule increases.
If you want to explore more about the topic of coaching career mobility and transition, join our class on March 16, 2015 from 9am to 1pm. You can register by clicking here:
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst and founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc & Coaching Institute. She consults, teaches and coaches with mid-career professionals and organizations to improve skills, competencies, and workplace wellness. She can be reached at www.interpersonalwellness.com or by phone at: 1 877 999-9591.