Some of the most important aspects of career development are the career counselors and coaches who support the process. While counselors typically work within school systems only while coaches work in cooperation with school systems and private businesses, like Kuder, Inc.
Career coaches have diverse educational backgrounds and real-world experience to support students and adults in all areas of career development. Students and adults meet with a coach to discover a new world of possibilities relating to job searching, job shadowing, resume development, and more.
Kuder has worked with students and adults who range in age from 15 to 74. Coaches work individually with students and adults and focus on developing an individualized and personalized plan; however, there are some common themes among all coaching participants. It doesn't matter if they're 15 or 74, here are some of the most common questions asked by our clients.
- “What am I even interested in anyway?”
The first and most critical step in career development is learning about oneself. As a Kuder Coach participant, you are asked to take the Kuder® Career Interests Assessment™, Kuder® Skills Confidence Assessment™, and Kuder® Work Values Assessment™ to better understand your interests, skills, and values and how important they are in making career choices. Career coaches can help you interpret your assessment results in a way that is relevant to you and your career aspirations, and ultimately, to determine the best goals and actions for you and your life situation.
- “Why am I not getting any interviews?”
Typically, this means your resume hasn't been tailored enough to the job posting. If you have a generic resume that only relays a history of your job experience, you won't capture the interest of employers. See our blog “How to Ensure Your Resume Will Land You the Interview” to find out how to customize your resume and get more interviews.
- “I don't have any skills” or “I don't have the right skills.”
These are more statements than questions, but students and adults alike don't see how involvement in organizations, events, and extracurricular activities directly relate to real-world skills. But they do. For example, if you're a student who is involved in a debate club, you've developed assertive communication skills, which is relevant in any job. If you spent the summer babysitting and received child CPR and first aid certification, it shows that you value and seek out professional development to improve your skills in your career. If you volunteer for organizations, this could translate to a variety of skills, like event management skills, organizational skills, and communication skills, which are all relevant in the workplace. Volunteering also demonstrates personal responsibility and community participation. A career coach can help you identify skills and experience gained from activities in which you're already involved.
- “How do I gain experience?”
This one is closely related to the skills question above, and we hear it from students trying to decide what major to choose and adults looking to improve skills or change careers. Seek out volunteer opportunities and get involved in extracurricular activities.
- High school students hear it all the time, but it's the truth. Involvement in clubs and activities not only expands your skills, but also helps you gain experience in choosing a college major and career. Get involved in work study, school-to-work programs, or job shadow opportunities to gain experience and develop skills. Counselors and coaches can help connect you to relevant opportunities.
- Adults should get involved in volunteer organizations to gain experience and develop skills. Involvement in community organizations requires good communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse population. Both are essential workplace skills!
- “I don't feel confident about school, work, etc.” or “I've lost my confidence.”
Again, these are statements we career coaches hear repeatedly. Something has shaken these individuals' confidence and causes them to lose their self-worth. They feel defeated and frustrated because they failed a class or didn't get the grade they wanted; they feel deflated because they were fired or laid off; they feel beaten up by life because they keep running into barriers at every turn.
While they can certainly be frustrating, mistakes, failures, and barriers are a part of life and learning. The difference between success and failure is the ability to try again after you feel like you've failed. Personalized coaching can help you identify core issues and develop strategies for overcoming barriers so that you can rebuild your confidence through goal setting and goal attainment.
- “How would I possibly feel comfortable opening up to a stranger (i.e. coach)?”
Overwhelmingly, students and adults we talk to tell us they feel a sense of comfort in opening up to us. Career coaches want to help you. We want to hear about your needs. We want to make a difference in your life. We are not here to judge or criticize you. We want you to be successful and we do that by asking thoughtful questions in a comfortable atmosphere.
Typically, we meet over the phone or via chat, which removes barriers and creates a comfortable environment in which to share your career frustrations and goals. We're your partner in career development. Our mission is to work with you to find the underlying reasons why you're struggling and help set goals and actions that make a real difference in your life.
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