Exploring career mentoring and coaching
Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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Exploring career mentoring and coaching

Week 7: How can career coaching help me?

Introduction

Welcome to Week 7 of the course.

Last week you started to look at coaching, exploring its history and some of the theory that underpins it.

This week, you’ll focus on what coaches can do for you, looking in more detail at some coaching approaches and practices that are commonly used in a career coaching context. You’ll also investigate how to find the right coach for you and explore how to become a coach yourself.

It is important to note that there are numerous approaches, tools and techniques available to coaches, and in a short course we only have time to touch on a small number. The approaches discussed this week have been chosen due to their particular relevance in career coaching.

Now watch the following video to introduce the week.

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This week, you'll consider how coaching can help you and your career. You'll explore some of the different approaches a career coach might use, such as person-centred coaching, a popular approach where the coach supports the client to come up with their own solutions and decisions, a bit like nurturing a plant by providing the right conditions for maximum growth. You'll also focus on the GROW model, where G stands for goal, R for reality, O for options, and W for way forward. This is a framework used by many coaches. You'll move on to look at finding the right coach for you, creating a checklist of the skills and characteristics you are looking for. You'll finish this week by investigating how to become a coach yourself, auditing your skills, and considering how this could benefit you in your own career. Even if it isn't a current interest for you, this section will give you a useful insight into the thinking that your coach should have done before taking on the role.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • recognise some key coaching approaches and practices
  • identify the right coach for you
  • understand the process of becoming a coach.

You’ll start by looking at some of the coaching approaches that are particularly relevant to a careers coaching context.

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