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We have all stopped to think about the direction of our careers. First what we want to be, but also when we have a job. Am I the right person in the right place? Am I doing what I want to do? A career coach can help you answer out the questions you have.

Investing in a career

Career is usually synonymous with reaching higher positions in your chosen profession. Or, for that matter, other positions in the industry. It can also be an opportunity to do your best where you are and to continue to develop your potential right where you are. For those who are still in school, or who may be returning to school, it can be about seeing what opportunities you have to achieve your goals. Both professionally and personally.

Whatever your entry point, career coaching can help you understand your motivations and goals by getting to know yourself better and developing your potential.

In this article, we explore the concept of career coaching and how it can be your step to further development – with the support of a career coach.

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Career coaches help you explore what you want to do

Coaching is about wanting (but also making) an important change in one way or another. This also applies to career coaching. Even if you have a good job, a good position and are satisfied, career coaching can help you realise that this is the case. And that it’s okay.

You may feel, like many others, that there is an external demand for you to have a career. Yet, maybe you don’t quite know what that career looks like? It may be that you are unsure what that career step would actually mean, or even what is meant by having a career.

Not knowing what career to pursue or whether to move on is something that can create stress. Working with a career coach will help you find tools to reduce your stress, but also to prevent burnout. In addition, you will gain insights into what career is for you and what you ultimately want to gain from that career.

As with all coaching, you work with a coach for a certain amount of time, with the overall goal in this case being something related to your career concerns. By asking questions and suggesting exercises, your coach will support you to find the answers you need to know what you want to achieve. Or in short – how you want to feel about your career, right now.


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Different views on what a career is

When we talk about a career, we usually think of something that happens more or less vertically, but preferably upwards. We take the stairs, or the elevator, to a higher level to a different position where we also get more money, more opportunities to make decisions and decisions and also more responsibility.

A career can also be in the horizontal direction. You have your job — or are about to train for one — but see that it can be developed. Your ability to learn, develop and grow in that job is important to you. Of course, it may bring more money and more responsibility, but that is not the most important thing for you. Creating engagement and meaningfulness in your position is more important.

Your definition of ‘career’ may also be finding the job you feel you will really enjoy the most. It’s a job that you enjoy and that makes you want to go out every Monday morning. With a light mind and a positive expectation of the day.

Our coaches are trained to support you in exploring your career concerns. Above all, they are also focused on helping you find your way to your goal.


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Of course, there are more depths and nuances to the concept of career. Only you know what you mean by career. Your definition is important and something you explore with your coach. Based on your findings, it is then easier to set goals for your career.

In addition to exploring what you mean by career — it is important to know what you want, who you are and what your values and strengths are. All of this is important for setting your direction and seeing your goal. As Irish career coach Christine Mannion recently advised “Ask yourself what would you need to change to make the role work for you and what is out of balance. Is it because you’re not managing your time effectively or is it because you’re using skills you don’t enjoy?”

Based on this, you and your coach develop an action plan. You choose the steps you will take towards your goal. Remember that a small step at a time is better for moving forward. The risk with too big steps is that they become too big and you give up.

The action plan also includes stopping and checking the compass. Are you on the right path? Are you doing the right things?


9 frequently asked questions about career coaching

What is career coaching?

It is a process in which a qualified and trained coach works with you to explore your interests, strengths and goals. This is important for finding a suitable career path for you.

How can a career coach help me?

By giving you insight into your interests, strengths and goals, a career coach can help you achieve success in your career. This is done through your conversations where guidance, feedback and personal development tools are the keys to your success. With the help of the coach, you set up a plan for your career journey and also find your tools to make sure you are on the right path. This includes identifying what support you may need along the way but also what strategies will help you overcome any obstacles.

What are the benefits of working with a career coach?

When you work with a coach, you have a partner who supports you and believes in you. But it is also a person who will challenge you to actually do what you plan to do to reach your career goal. Setting goals and knowing your strengths may be something you can do on your own if you are good at it. But sticking with it and persevering is more difficult when the going gets tough. A coach will help you find strategies to overcome your obstacles. You’ll also figure out what your reconciliation and follow-up should look like. Without this reflection, it is difficult to know if you are doing the right things enough to reach your goal.

How can I find out what my strengths are when choosing a career?

A career coach has many tools, questions and exercises that will help you identify your strengths. In addition, the coach has tools to help you understand your values, i.e. what is really important to you. This is important for you to feel that you are making the right choice.

What is important to consider when choosing a career?

You need to think about your interests, values, skills and strengths. Choosing something that goes against these will probably lead to stress and feelings of disengagement. Other important factors to explore are the type of working environment you want, how you want to balance your life with work, family and your own time. Furthermore, it is valuable to think about how you can develop in the profession you choose and, of course, what you think about the income the job will provide.

How can a career coach help me get promoted at work?

When you want to improve your chances of getting promoted at work, your coach can help you develop your self-leadership and support your personal development. This is the basis of your ability to take initiative, contribute to the success of the company and build relationships with both colleagues and management. This in turn contributes to a positive attitude and professionalism — exactly what management thinks is important.

How can a career coach help me if I am stuck in my career?

The career coach will help you explore your options. The basis is still that you are aware of your values, strengths and interests. If you are unsure, the coach and you work together to explore this and then review the options. From there, with your coach’s help, you set your goals and develop a plan for the next step. And after that, you take the next step on your journey.

How can a career coach help me manage stress and burnout related to my career?

When it comes to managing career-related stress and burnout, a coach can help you find your balance between work, free time with family and friends, and personal time. This balance can be about taking regular breaks, finding your type of recovery, knowing what you need to feel good and taking care of yourself. But it’s also about being able to set boundaries, delegate tasks and seek support or ask for help from colleagues, family, friends or professionals. These are all things that you and your coach will explore so that your game plan becomes clear to you.

How can a career coach help me continue to learn and develop in my career?

Since continuous learning and development is important for you to remain attractive in ever-changing job markets, it’s important that you think about the long-term. Together with your career coach, you can discover new skills to develop but also how to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills you already have. This will increase your employability and help you develop your career and increase your chances of success in your job, as well as improving your work-related sense of fulfillment.

How to get help with your personal development step by step

Reaching your full potential is a journey that requires commitment, work and mental focus. Therefore, we have developed a step-by-step guide that includes elements of mental training and coaching to help you start your journey.

  • Step 1: Self-reflection
    Purpose: Understand your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
    Action plan: Use tools like SWOT analysis or journaling to identify your core values and ambitions. Map out what you contain and why you have become who you are.
  • Step 2: Goal setting
    Purpose: Set clear and measurable goals.
    Action plan: Use S.M.A.R.T criteria or other mapping to define your goals.
  • Step 3: Scheduling
    Pur pose: To create a realistic and achievable plan.
    Action plan: Use calendars and planning tools to prioritise time to work on your goals. Get other exercises that can focus more on emotions and body depending on what you need to practice more.
  • Step 4: Mental or Emotional Training
    Purpose: Improve your mental and emotional state and focus.
    Action plan: Use techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and visualisation.
  • Step 5:Coaching/Therapy
    Objective: Gain external insight and hold yourself accountable.
    Action plan: Engage a professional coach, therapist or mentor to guide you. You will be given exercises in the therapy room to practice between sessions.
  • Step 6: Monitoring and follow-up
    Objective: Make sure you are on track.
    Action plan: Regular evaluations and adjustments to your plan.
  • Step 7: Feedback and adjustment
    Purpose: Understand the impact of your efforts and make necessary adjustments.
    Action plan: Ask for feedback from trusted sources and make adjustments to your plan accordingly.
  • Step 8: Reward and Recognition
    Purpose: Celebrate your progress.
    Action plan: Set smaller milestones and reward yourself when you achieve them.

“Is personal development for me?”

Working on personal development can be challenging but extremely rewarding. Instead of struggling to manage stress or emotions on your own, you can train yourself mentally with professional help. On our platform, you can easily get in touch with therapists, coaches or psychologists who can support you on your journey and make the difficult ones challenging.

The career coach – your support on the way from dream to reality

To reach your goal, you need to be proactive. It is necessary to continue taking the steps you have started. But it is equally important to take steps you haven’t taken before. Many clients find it a bit scary to do something they haven’t done before. This is natural. We like to stay in the so-called comfort zone – the zone of convenience. Everything is safe and secure there. We know what’s going on. We are used to it.

For anything to happen at all, you need to step outside your comfort zone. Even if only by a tip of the toe (remember the saying that a tiny step is better than none at all), because you have decided to realise your dream. It has become a goal you want to reach.

Your coach supports you to plan your steps outside the comfort zone. Together you ensure that you have support outside the coaching session as well. You will explore what that support looks like during the meeting.

Is it time to take the step?

If you feel that it is time to think about your career, whatever that means for you, it may be time to book an appointment with one of our coaches. A meeting with a career coach can be the investment that helps you and motivates you to reach your full potential and to really kick-start your career path. In the process, you’ll find that you develop as a person and reduce the stress of going it alone and not knowing what, when, or how.

If you’re ready, we are

When you feel it’s time to invest in your personal development and health, we have qualified coaches who can help you on your journey. Because coaching is confidential, you can feel confident that you can develop on your own terms. Our core principle is to make the difficult easier for you.

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Written by Ellen Lindgren

Licensed psychologist

Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.