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Plan your career pathways


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You must have heard stories about people getting help from career coaches. If you haven’t tried getting into a career coaching program, you must be wondering what benefits this can have for a career person like you. Well, there are many ways you can benefit from a career mentor.

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Plan your career pathways

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  2. 2. You must have heardstories about peoplegetting help from careercoaches. If you haven’ttried getting into acareer coachingprogram, you must bewondering what benefits this can have for a careerperson like you. Well, there are many ways you canbenefit from a career mentor. Basically, a mentor willhelp you figure out what your goals are and what pathyou should take to achieve them. A mentor is someonewho will motivate you especially during those timeswhen you feel your career isn’t going anywhere.An effective coaching program should also help youcome up with an excellent resume, prepare you for jobinterviews, and most importantly, boost yourconfidence in yourself. To give you a better idea of whyyou should try working with an experienced careermentor, let us take a look at what these experts do foryou and your career pathways.A coach will help you take control.In order to achieve success in your career, you shouldfirst gain confidence in yourself and control over yourcareer path. A coach will listen to you to know what it isexactly that you want to achieve. He or she will thengive you some advice using their experience. Thisprocess can be very helpful in making you more focusedand aware of your own situation.A career coach will guide you in finding opportunities.An experienced coach knows a lot of useful strategiesfor being successful in one’s career. He or she will teachyou how you should properly market yourself so thatyou may be noticed by potential employers. Having acoach is very important and useful for those peoplewhose career goals are long-term and involve multiplesteps, such as getting higher education, undergoingfurther training, and so on. If it is your first time to lookfor a job, a coach can teach you the basics of jobhunting, like writing an outstanding resume andpreparing for job interviews. What’s more, careercoaches can help you build professional networks,which you will need to find great career opportunities.A coach will help you discover what you are reallypassionate about.If you don’t want to end up changing careers or jobsseveral times in your entire working life, then youshould put yourself in a position to enjoy andappreciate what you are doing. This is only possiblewhen you find a job that you are passionate about.What a coach will do is help you determine what yourinterests are, what things you don’t like to do, and whatcan make you satisfied overall. Career coaches usevarious strategies in helping their mentees realize whattype of job or career suits their personality andprinciples. At the end of the day, your coach will allowyou to go for a career where you can find satisfactionand fulfillment.For those of us whohave been doing thesame job for so manyyears already,experiencing somesort of burnout is verylikely. This doesn’thappen all the time to some people, and when it does,they could easily get rid of this feeling by taking a shortbreak. The worst thing that could happen to anyemployed individual is to actually feel bored in their
  3. 3. careers and not only in their jobs. So what could becausing this?According to psychologists, it is natural for our brain towant and need different stimulation. In short, there isnothing wrong with you if you get bored doingsomething repeatedly over a period of time. And whenthis relates to your work, you need to address itimmediately. What you can do is find another way ofusing your expertise. By doing this, you are allowingyour brain to do something different, which will thenmake you feel enthusiastic again.Here are some undertakings you can try that may helpyou alleviate your boredom in your career. These maynot be part of your career pathways, but they will surebecome a vital part of your career.Becoming an Author – During your spare time, youcould put all your knowledge and experience intowriting. It could be a novel or even a textbook as well.Delivering Speeches or Lectures – You can volunteer tospeak in events related to your industry. You can discusswhat challenges your industry is facing and offer adviceon how these challenges may be overcome.Consultation – With enough experience, you can offeryour services as a consultant for those people or firmsthat are just beginning in the industry.Teaching – Volunteering to teach is a great way ofsharing your knowledge and experience to youngerpeople. Reach out to schools or even colleges and ask ifyou could teach some courses relevant to your job orcareer.Putting Up a Business – If you think that there is acertain area or market that your company is not servingyet, you can take advantage of this opportunity bystarting your own business. You have the expertise soyou will know how to offer your products or services.Becoming a Career Coach – Instead of changingcareers, you can become a coach to someone who isinterested in entering the field you are currently in.Career coaching is becoming a popular trend these daysbecause people are starting to realize how significantcoaches can be in their careers.People who arecrazy aboutcomputers havea very goodoption of turningtheir hobbiesinto a career.For many, it isvery ideal to have a certain hobby that can betransformed into something we could make moneyfrom. However, if your hobby is also your work, can youstill have time to do something else? Is it really andentirely beneficial for a person to have a career that’salso his favorite pastime?When you try look at it, the combination of a hobby anda job can really be beneficial not only for the worker,but for the employer as well. But this is never a perfectsetup, and there are some danger spots that techworkers, in this case, have to watch out for to ensuretheir career pathways don’t go the wrong directionbecause of their hobbies.Risks of Turning a Hobby into a Career1. Difficulty to Stay Focused on the JobCareer experts say that workers usually have thetendency to focus a lot on the areas they are interestedin as a hobby even when they are supposed to payattention to something else. What happens is that theyspend more time on those tasks they enjoy than thosethat are more important in their jobs. That’s why it isimportant for these employees to have a differentperspective. They need to learn even those tasks thatdon’t interest them at all. And once this balance isachieved, both the worker and the employer will feelthe great advantage of turning a hobby into a career orjob.
  4. 4. 2. Lack of Interest in Going beyond TechnologyA computer enthusiast can easily find new interestingthings about technology, and therefore about their jobs.Although this may seem positive at first, this could alsolead to them not growing anymore in their careers. Inmost cases, techies are not willing to give up what theyare doing in order to do something new. They believethat no other job is better than their current job. As aresult, they do not see many other opportunities outthere to grow as a professional, earn a better salary,and have more responsibilities.3. Possibility of Burning OutNobody is actually safe from getting burnt out in theirjobs. As a matter of fact, this is seen as one of the maincauses of job change in many industries. Those whoconsider their hobbies as their jobs are prone to thisfirst, especially because they spend almost all their timedoing just the same things.