“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player. We all need people who will give us feedback and that is how we improve”
– Bill Gates
Bill Gates summarised in a sentence the meaning of coaching and we couldn’t agree more with him. A coach is someone who is going to guide you when you need assistance, come back to you with important feedback and most importantly, help you discover your true potential. We all know about sports coaches but how can a career coach help you and why it is important to consult one, especially if you are at the beginning of your career?
Here are 4 Steps you need to take.
1. Discover your true potential
A graduate career coach will help you find out your passions and clarify your goals. Throughout your sessions, you will talk about your dreams and aspirations. Your coach will assist you in finding a way to make them a reality. Very often, people can’t see themselves clearly. They are filled with doubt and uncertainty. A coach is trained to see through all this noise, to understand your capabilities and teach you to identify them as well.
Since your job occupies a large part of your life it is important to find something that you are passionate about and that motivates you. Remember: whichever path you choose for yourself, you are going to be competing with some people who are truly made for that job, and they are tough competition. To be one of them, pursue a career that is in line with your natural abilities and skills.
2. The COVID-19 Pandemic
According to a recent survey by the Institute of Student Employers, more than a quarter of employers have cut their graduate recruitment this year. Fewer job opportunities instantly mean an increase in competition. To beat the competition you don’t only need an outstanding CV – you need to create your personal brand and advertise it. A career coach can teach you exactly how to create it, and make it consistent and strong. He or she will assist you in building up your pitch to demonstrate clearly your achievements so that the recruiters simply can not help themselves but say yes to you.
3. Conquer insecurity and fear of rejection
According to the forecasts of the World Bank, the global economy is expected to shrink 5.2 % this year. To be precise, all recent graduates are entering the deepest recession since World War II. These figures are definitely not uplifting and it is normal to feel insecure about the future, and getting multiple rejections on the way to your dream job can contribute to your anxiety. A career coach is here for you throughout the process. You will feel less pressure knowing that an experienced advisor is by your side, working hard with you to meet your goals. Whether you find it difficult to organise yourself while managing multiple applications or simply feel overwhelmed by the intense race that job hunting process is, your career coach has all the necessary tools to help you navigate through the process.
4. Build up a powerful network
Did you know that based on a LinkedIn report 80% of professionals consider professional networking to be important to career success? This demonstrates clearly why networking is important. If you went to university or attended career workshops, you would have been told an endless amount of times how crucial networking is. But do you know how does one actually go about doing it? With whom can you network if you just finished university? Your career coach can and will introduce you to the world of networking and ensure that by the time you come to apply for a job, you already have a network of professionals from your industry supporting your case.
Defeating your fear of rejection, helping you feel confident and ready to face intense competition are only a few examples of how a graduate career coach can help you in your pursuit of getting a job.
We at Grad Offer helped more than 500 students secure a graduate job. Book now a 15 minutes free consultation to learn more about our process and know how we can help you achieve your career goals.