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  • Paul Hollywell

The Power of Career Coaching

When I was younger (and had much more hair) there were times when I was unhappy with my job and career, and these feelings had a negative effect on my wellbeing and life in general. It seems this is a common experience and many people still face this situation today.

Recent research by the London Business School shows that over 65% of 18 to 34-year-olds are stuck in careers they don’t really enjoy and would love to make a career change. According to the survey, the main reasons employees wanted a career change was increased salary prospects, work-life balance, and job satisfaction. Unfortunately, many people are not willing to make a career change, fearing this would risk their current job and financial security, and end up badly negatively impacting their future.

Looking back, I wish I’d had someone to talk through my worries and concerns with, who was experienced in this area, detached from my situation, and could give impartial support. They’d have helped me to see that there were choices I could make and I was far from powerless in my situation. They’d have pointed out that not taking an action to change my situation was me taking an action. Also, they’d have worked with me to identify and assess the reality of my worries, the obstacles and challenges with potential options, and to develop an action plan so I could start making a change.

In recent years, things have improved greatly and the support I wished I’d received all those years ago is much more readily available if people are willing to seek it.

I often remind myself of Albert Einstein’s definition of ‘insanity’ which goes something like – ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting things to change’. If we really want to get unstuck and would love things to change for us, we have to start somewhere and take the first step – even if the first step is a small one.

If this article has got you thinking, send me a message and let’s discuss how career coaching could help you.

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