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Coaching your career

If you are contemplating a change in career or feeling stagnant in your job, employing a professional career coach maybe just what you need to help you make an informed decision about your future, says Lynsey Mellows.

Career coaching has experienced an explosive growth in recent years. Not to be mistaken for life coaching, which concentrates on personal development, career coaching is all about equipping individuals with practical guidance on how to move up, across or into a completely new field altogether.

Traditionally an employee’s career path has been left in the hands of a human resources department, but with more and more individuals taking control of their careers the role of the coach is becoming paramount.

Joint managing director of Personal Career Management, Corrine Mills explained: “Human resource departments used to manage careers but now many employees are expected to do that for themselves. You need to be pro-active about your career management – you can not let your career drift – as an employee or employer.”

February 2009