How do you choose the right coach for you?

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As an accredited coach with the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentors (IAPC&M), I was recently invited to take part in a round table discussion to discuss the important matter of accreditation and why my accreditation with the IAPC&M is important to me, my business and my clients.   Given the absence of a regulatory body in the profession, this is a hot topic amongst coaches as it raises questions about whether coaching is always taking place to the highest standard in the industry.

Given my background as a solicitor, it took me a while to get used to the idea that any individual can practice as a coach without accountability.  It was therefore an obvious step for me to become accredited with the IAPC&M to ensure that I was doing all I could to provide the best service for my clients.  Being accredited gives my clients the assurance that I have the professional ability to provide the best service for them and provides me with a professional accountable framework in which I work to ensure I maintain these high standards in coaching.  I have continual access to support, guidance and professional development and can continue to invest in developing my professional skills.

How is this relevant to me?

Individuals – When choosing the right coach for you, firstly ensure they are accredited.  You want to be able to trust that they are investing time, money and energy in developing their professional ability and providing you with a good service.

Coaches – If you are considering training to be a coach, become accredited by an organisation which is striving to ensure coaching is to the highest standard in the industry.

To find out more, please have a listen to the discussion which can be found here or click on the link below.  (You will hear my input at 11 minutes and 33 minutes!)

 

If you want to find out more, you could also have a read of the IAPC&M’s  Guide to choosing your coach.Screen-Shochoose-a-coach

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Hidden careers you never knew existed

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The more time you spend investigating different sectors, the better suited your career choice will be.

I was unsurprised by a recent headline that popped up in my newsfeed last month.

Children in poorer countries have higher career aspirations than UK

On the face of it, you would perhaps question the accuracy of this headline when there are hundreds of amazing careers available to us in the UK within countless sectors.  However, this article was prompted by the results of a survey of 20,000 children so there must be some truth behind it!

The finding from the survey that took my interest was the evident need for children to be introduced to different types of careers at an early age.  As children are heavily influenced by their social surroundings and who they know, their career expectations did not always match the opportunities available to them, limiting their chances of finding a career that gives them happiness and fulfilment.

However, it is not just children who lack knowledge of different sectors.  Adults, through no fault of their own, are guilty of this too!

How many different career sectors are you aware of?

At school, we were typically taught to think about careers in fixed categories with no overlap, common examples being law, medicine, veterinary science, engineering and teaching.  This is fine until you have spent five years in your chosen sector and realise it doesn’t quite feel right for you (perhaps it didn’t ever feel right).  Your job role may contradict your true values or differ from your interests.  However, you feel your career choices are limited and have little knowledge of what else you can do.

The reality is, there are thousands of sectors to choose from.  There is something for everyone, to fit with all personalities, skills and interests.  If you were not introduced to these at an early age, perhaps it is time now to seek them out.  Identify your passions and start making links between them by stretching your imagination.  Pretend you are back at school again and revisiting your choice!    For example, if you are interested in young people, education and creative writing, expand your thinking beyond teaching.  You could investigate writing short stories or educational materials or working for a charity that promotes creativity in young people. There will be so many different and exciting strands to explore.  Just remember, your investigations may take a few steps rather than one big jump!

Expanding your sector choices will increase the opportunities available to you and enable you to find a career that best suits you.

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