What is Career Coaching?

Career Coaching is undertaken when individuals know their career goal or have a career pathway in mind, but want help on HOW to get there. Irrespective of where that person might be in their career journey (i.e., at the beginning, middle or twilight), coaching could be certainly appropriate in assisting them on that journey and keeping them accountable.

For the adult, coaching might arise from questions such as:

  •  how can I get job satisfaction?
  •  how can I get a promotion?
  •  how can I find out what I really want to do?
  •  how can I find a job? 
  •  how can I change career direction? 
  •  how can I make a contribution? 
  •  how can I find purpose?

For the young adult, the questions might be:

  •  where to from here? 
  •  what course should I study?
  •  should I enrol in a post-graduate course?
  •  how can I get motivated?
  •  how can I enjoy my job? 
  •  how can I get ahead?

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What is Career Guidance?

While coaching generally applies to adults (but not always), for adolescents, it is almost usually a case of providing career guidance. There is a difference between coaching and guidance. 

Career guidance is necessary when the individual (adolescent or adult) has little or no idea where to head in a career. They lack a career goal. Often, the person knows clearly what they don't want in a career, but have no idea of what might suit them or where they might find their niche. Career guidance therefore is about finding the WHERE.

It is certainly true too that an increasing percentage of adults are also now seeking career guidance because they might...

  •  be dis-satisfied in their job
  •  want a career change
  •  cannot see a career path in their current job
  •  have never found their "niche"
  •  have been retrenched
  •  feel that "there is more out there" for them

For the adolescent though, career guidance answers the following questions:

  •  what subjects do I choose at school?
  •  what is my career path?
  •  what are my strengths and talents?
  •  where am I headed?
  •  what do I do after secondary school?
  •  should I go to Uni or TAFE?
  •  should I have a "gap year"?

How Does the Career Guidance Program Work?

Generally the approach to career guidance and planning for both adolescents and adults is a three-step process.

This process can be offered face-to-face, via the phone, or via Skype -- the choice is yours.  
In this way, clients have participated in this program from places such as Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hobart as well as country regional areas.
1.     An Initial Interview
This interview (for about an hour) is an important part of the guidance process, allowing us to meet the individual and essentially to get to know the person. Each individual undertakes vocational guidance for specific reasons and we feel that it is important to have this information before testing occurs.  

2.     Psychometric Testing

The four or five main areas of testing are outlined below. The tests are done on-line and undertaken in the person's own time. 

    (i) Interests --  Measures likes and dislikes in relation to work
    (ii) Values/Attitudes --  Examines what motivates people to work and what gives them job satisfaction
    (iii) Personality --  Examines behavioural characteristics and their personality profile
    (iv) Work Style --  Examines work styles and the way people behave at work
    (v) Strengths --  Examines the core or essential aspects of the individual that define the person

3.     Counselling / Feedback Session

During this session (for at least an hour), the person receives a Summary Report showing the results of the testing along with the various career options and career pathways that are highly recommended and finally, a Career Action Plan is devised. This session usually takes place 5-12 days following the completion of the testing. 
Overall, the program is designed to highlight a person's strengths and talents and then find the kinds of jobs that are an extension of who they are as a person; a job that builds on their strengths
'Round holes, round pegs and square holes, square pegs' as the saying goes.

The cost of the career guidance package is based upon the time involved in providing the advice and the reports requested. This package includes the three-stage process outlined above plus a summary report including test results and job recommendations as discussed in the final counselling session. 
As part of the service, further back-up is provided through email support.
Click here to contact Dr. Cross to arrange an initial appointment or to discuss further. 

Career Guidance in Schools & Organisations

If you are a teacher/career counsellor, you can also click on www.MyFutureCareer.com.au and register your school/organisation to do career guidance on the internet for your students and clients using the Vocational Interest Questionnaire authored by Dr Darryl Cross and Mr Garry Simcock.

This questionnaire is the only one in Australia which dovetails exactly back into the "Job Guide" which is the job dictionary published by the Federal Government and distributed free to all schools in Australia.


Find out Your Career Interests

What are your career interests? What kinds of jobs really appeal to you? What do you like? Which jobs might be those most suited to you? 

Career interests is a great place to start if you wish to start to explore career options and which direction might best suit you.

The "Vocational Interest Questionnaire" (VIQ) has been authored by Dr Cross and Mr Garry Simcock and was one of the first career tests to be devised for Australian conditions. It also is the only test that dovetails exactly back into the federal government's "Job Guide" providing national job information.

The VIQ is only a click away and can be done for a fee of $9 by going to www.FindACareerPath.com -- at the rear of the report that you will obtain is an Action Plan that helps you to research the jobs most recommended for you.

If however, you'd like more comprehensive career guidance, then the 3-Step program outlined above may be best for you.