8 Reasons Why You NEED a Career Coach (even if you think you can't afford one!)

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    I speak to 50+ professionals each week and the same set of questions come up in conversation....which is why I should be reminding all of you why having a career coach is the BEST thing you can do for your professional development.

    Here are the top 10 reasons you need a career coach right now:

    1. You Could See A 300% Return On Your Investment

    According to a recent survey, wellness programs have been shown to provide approximately a 300% return on investment (ROI). In other words, companies who spend $1 on a wellness program earn $3 as a result of decreased turnover, fewer sick days, reduced health insurance costs, etc. Wellness programs consist of mental AND physical development of their employees.

    It's no wonder wellness programs have experienced such tremendous growth—it makes financial sense. The same can be said about career coaching. If you invest in yourself and your career by getting a coach, you'll see the return on investment in the form of professional growth and development. It's time for you to UP your game! So many people ask how they can stand out - well, here is exactly one way you can!

    2. Your Relationships Will Improve

    Another study shows that professional coaching has an even greater impact on things like relationships and teamwork. The study says recipients of coaching saw a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction, and 48% improvement in quality.

    Getting coaching on one aspect of our lives, like career coaching, can have a positive affect in many different areas. It's that good kind of domino effect.

    3. You'll Have More Positivity In Your Life

    Career coaches are trained to focus on positive outcomes and be a source of motivation and assist with accountability. They tailor their efforts to help you find greater satisfaction. Since no two people are the same, having a career coach ensures you are getting assistance that speaks to your wants and needs—not someone else's. They help pull out the true value YOU add to an organization. More importantly, it's been proven that the best way to get what you want is to surround yourself with positive people.

    Unfortunately, that's not always the case with family and friends (who's been there?!) So, hiring a career coach ensures you've got at least one positive influence in your life!

    One outdated stigma about career coaching is that it's for people who are underperforming or troubled within their role or in desperate need of a new job. On the contrary! Some of the smartest professionals are those who seek out career coaching because they want to be high performers and feel satisfied with their efforts.

    Paul Michelman, editor of Harvard Business School's Management Update, says, "whereas coaching was once viewed by many as a tool to help correct underperformance, today it is becoming much more widely used in supporting top producers. In fact, in a 2004 survey by Right Management Consultants, 86% of companies said they used coaching to sharpen the skills of individuals who have been identified as future organizational leaders."

    So, by choosing to invest in a career coach, you are saying to the world you believe in yourself and your ability to be a star performer!

    4. It Doesn't Take Up A Lot Of Time

    You need to think about coaching like working out: you HAVE to do it daily to see any results. But the good thing about career coaching, like working out, is that it doesn't take much time if you have a plan, know what you're doing, and have the right mindset.

    Good career coaches understand that you need to work professional development into your schedule. To top it off, studies show that just a few hours per month can have a massive impact.

    So just a few minutes a day, matched with a session with a coach each week, can have such a tremendous impact on your career!

    5. Career Coaches Tell You What You NEED To Hear

    No one likes being told what to do, or called out on what they are doing wrong. Well guess what, while your career coach may be friendly, it's not their job to be your buddy and tell you what you want to hear. They are your advocate for change.

    Unlike your family and friends who are opinionated and biased about you and your career, a career coach will look at you objectively and empower you to take the necessary actions to achieve YOUR goals.

    They will ask you the tough questions, dive deep into your mind and ask the WHY questions. Be prepared - it's tough work, but ask anyone who has been through it and it's TOTALLY worth it!

    6. They'll Help You Break Bad Habits

    A good coach will never tell you what to do. Instead, they'll help you identify habits that are holding you back from success. Then, they'll teach you the actions you should take to learn new, better ways to accomplish your goals.

    Their goal is to help you remove roadblocks on your own, ensuring you can do this for yourself both now and in the future.

    7. It Shows You Think Like An Executive

    Listen to this: some executives will pay as much as $3,500/hour for a particular coach. Yikes! That's too rich for my blood. But here's some more solid data: most career coaches charge a monthly retainer between $500 to $2,000 a month. What this means is either there are a lot of really silly executives wasting their money on coaching each month or they are getting results that makes them feel it's worth the investment.

    Our goal at Vennessa McConkey coaching is to make career coaching accessible to everyone, not just executives with deep pockets. That way, you can think like an executive without worrying about the price tag.

    8. You Deserve Better In Your Career

    Forget the economy for just a quick minute and just ask yourself, "Do I deserve better?" If the voice in your head says, "Yes!" then you need to take action....NOW...don't wait. 

    Too many people I talk to KNOW they need career coaching, yet they hesitate. Why? It can be a hard pill to swallow.

    But, let's face it, if you could have found greater career satisfaction and success on your own, you would have by now. RIGHT? Or, do you want to keep going down the Google piece-meal train and one day figure it out?

    I always say, why not give yourself some well-deserved support that will help you get what you want and FAST?

    We spend a third of our lives at our jobs. Isn't it time you felt good about your career?

    Get started today by booking a FREE discovery call to see if our coaching is a right fit for YOU!