Might a coach add power to your aviation job search elbow?

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Everyone from politicians to business leaders and athletes are fans of coaches, but might a coach add real value to your aviation job search?  To be honest, the answer is most probably “yes”, but the success of coaching depends on you and the coach you choose.  In this blog post we want to share with you what a good coach might bring your aviation job search and why a career coach might be worth considering.

What exactly is coaching?

Coaching is a way of helping you achieve your objectives and develop your skills and abilities.  Some people use coaching to help them overcome difficulties such as the need for weight loss, confidence building or fitness. The whole notion of coaching is that a coach will work with you to help you discover answers to issues you are facing yourself.  Coaches offer different types of coaching depending on their skills, experience and interests and in this article we’ll focus on the benefits of engaging a career coach to help you secure the aviation job of your dreams.

Career coaching

Career coaching, as the name suggests refers to a coaching relationship whereby you work with a coach who is specialised in job or career related solutions.  Tracking down the right career coach can add real power to your aviation job search elbow by helping you:

  • Define your real skills and potential

  • Establish your precise goals

  • Develop and stick to an action plan to achieve your goals

  • Deal with the emotional roller coaster that job searching can sometimes be

  • Keep your confidence high

  • Stay focussed

How career coaching works

Decide that the time is right

The starting point of any successful coaching relationship is the establishment of whether or not you’re ready and willing to work with a coach.  Although in some work situations, coaching might be presented as a bit of a fait accompli, taking on a career coach should be a completely voluntary and enthusiastic action.  Only when you decide that coaching is the right thing to do should you embark on the journey, otherwise you risk going into it half-heartedly and wasting your time, money and effort.

Choosing the right career coach

Once you’ve decided that the time is right to embark on a career coaching journey, you should invest a good amount of time to track down the right coach for you.  There are plenty of career coaching directories where you’ll find lists of coaches, together with their specialities but nothing beats a personal recommendation.  Having said that, if you can’t track down a career coach that comes with a personal recommendation then a good approach is to check out the websites of coaches that appeal to you and then to speak to them on Skype, on the phone or face-to-face. 

When you’re working to sniff out the right coach, don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you want to ask.  Coaching is quite an intimate relationship and you need to be as sure as you can be that you’ve chosen the right person in order to get the results you’re hoping for.

What does career coaching cost and how long does it take?

Like most things in life, the cost of coaching varies from coach to coach, but the good news is that, at any one time there are typically more coaches around than coachees.  What this means is that you might be able to negotiate a price based on your budget and your needs.  That said, it’s rarely worth accepting a coach that you believe to be second choice based solely on cost.  What’s more, experienced and successful coaches won’t only get you great results; they’ll normally be well worth their fee.  Either way, in terms of what to pay, if you count on the cost of a good restaurant meal for two for each coaching session you won’t go far wrong.

How long it will take you to achieve your coaching objectives will depend on the complexity of your goals as well as how motivated you are.  At the end of the day, coaching is like most things in life; the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.

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