What is Career Coaching?Career Coaching is a hands on unique approach to helping you design, develop, and manage your career.From the development of a comprehensive career plan with clear objectives to identifying your ideal career, career coaching takes you each step of the way.Who is Career Coaching For?It is for anyone who is interested in maximising their career potential.More specifically, it is ideal for job seekers, those who may become unemployed at some point in the future, and those who are considering career change. It is also perfect for those who are looking for direction with their career, or who are considering upskilling. It is invaluable anywhere you will find changing career roles, either individually or as a business. What if I only want a job?Career coaching gives you a plan for the short, and the long term. The process can be used to get you a job over the shorter term, but with a targeted plan to get that career that you aspire to over the long term.What should you look for whenconsidering Career Coaching?Many coaches, and other individuals offer career coaching. However, most of them do not have relevant qualifications in the field, nor do they utilise the psychometric assessment tools critical to the process.Many of them have little or no expertise in the area. That is not to say that they are all bad. Some do offer a reasonably good service.Unfortunately finding those that can offer a quality service is a minefield, unless you know what to look for.Look ForAn Accredited Career Coaching QualificationThere is only one accredited qualification under the National Framework, namely the Diploma in Career Coaching, accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology.Use of Scientifically Validated Assessment ToolsThere are several poor quality assessment tools available online. CDMTM (Career Decision Maker) is a cutting edge, high quality tool specifically designed for Career Coaches, and operated under license. There are other good quality tools (e.g. 16PF). A tool that does not require a license on the part of the Career Coach is unlikely to meet a reasonable standard.What is involved in Career Coaching? Central to Career Coaching is the development of a Career and learning Plan, with the help of the cutting edge scientifically validated psychometric assessment CDMTM (Career Decision Maker). CDMTM identifies your Values, Interests,Personality, and Skills in a comprehensive assessment report. Your coach then guides you to a deeper understanding of your report, and the relevance of the information to any future career choices.Your coach will also help you identify your strengths and wants, plus help uncover and overcome barriers that could well be holding you back. All this valuable information is transferred to your career plan. Career options are explored along with any further education or training you may need to achieve your career ambitions. The Career Plan is carefully structured, and leaves no stone unturned regarding your career.Your Career Coach has access to a large body of expertise and knowledge, and will help pinpoint potential employers, and/or educational and training facilities/courses relevant to your aims. What is the difference between Career Coaching and Career Guidance or Career Counselling? Career guidance and counselling are fine disciplines in their own right, but are really quite different from Career Coaching. Career coaching offers much more than direction. It offers very real tools, a structured plan of action, and an approach that takes you each step of the way. Career coaching is hands on, and very practical. It could be likened to attending a gym with your own personal trainer, compared to reading a fitness book, and discussing with a nutritionist how you can best get fit.SoftSkills Ireland Careers, uses a four step model, where each step asks one fundamental question. Step 1. Who am I?Step 2. Where am I now?Step 3. What do I want?Step 4. How can I get what I want?Career Coaching is possibly the most significant investment you can ever make, in a critical life areaThis is the ultimate strategy for building your ideal career•Develop a top class Career Plan•Prepare and target your CV•Hone your interview skills•Find your ideal careerSoftSkills Ireland, Cork.Made with Xara Career Coaching - Development and Training - Consultancy ServicesSoftSkills Ireland, Cork.Delivering excellence in the world of workAbout Career CoachingSoftSkills Ireland, Cork.