Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Well, get ready for a huge sigh of relief, because most of us are still trying to answer that same question. Some people get lucky. They know what they love, it makes them tons of money, and life appears to be pretty great. The other 99.9% of us are left wondering why we can’t be the same. Of course, social media glamour plays a huge role in making us doubt our choices, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. If you are totally lost, unfulfilled, or struggling with the changes happening in your life, career coaching can help.
Adulting is more than just making sure that you are paying your bills and doing the laundry. It’s about finding where you fit in the world and how you can create a life that is fulfilling and tailored to your needs. This can and likely will change as you grow older. The dreams you had as a child and a teen may not match up with the realities of your life as an adult now. Reconciling the two can be a difficult and complicated process.
What is Career Coaching for Young Adults?
A lot of college students end up in the corporate world after graduation. This path seems inevitable as they begin to pay bills, student debt, or live on their own. Some thrive while others struggle in this kind of environment. Career coaching can help you to determine which camp you fall into and why. It can help you to relate to coworkers in a way that you may have never had to do before. Coaching can guide you to reach your potential. Coaching can also give you the confidence to branch out and become self-employed.
Whatever your aspirations are after you enter the workforce, career counselors are there to suss out what exactly you need to get farther in your career.
Unfulfillment in the workplace is rampant, and first jobs are no exception. Granted, pushing paperwork is not exactly some people’s dream; but there are ways to make this job feel valuable and important in the grander view of things. Career coaching can help to reframe some of your other preconceived notions on what it means to be an employee and to be part of the team.
Career coaching can even be the place where you find your wings to fly out on your own. It can feel a lot like leaping off the edge of a building. With the proper tools, planning, support, and mindset; however, you can achieve whatever you set out to do. Counselors can help to ensure that you are ready to take the emotional step of finding that footing alone.
When you are in your final years of college, every other question is what you are going to do with your degree. When you have a vision of what your future can hold, it is so much easier to get through those last few months. Not only is it mentally fatiguing, but having a plan can help you get in those last few classes necessary to graduate with the experience necessary to stand out from the person sitting next to you in the interview.
Speaking of which, talking through your fears of interviewing with a career coach can help to answer the most awkward interview questions. Do you know your true strengths and weaknesses in a way that will make you a top candidate? It’s definitely one thing to know these things as a new person in the workforce, but talking about them with prospective employers is quite different. For example: saying that your biggest weakness is that you are an overachiever (even if it’s true) may not be the best way to present yourself in an interview. Let us help you to discover a more nuanced version of yourself and take a look at the weaknesses you do possess. You may even be able to overcome those weaknesses when working with a career coach.
Don’t allow those final moments outside of the adult world to go to waste. Take the time to really figure out who you are. Most adults cannot answer those questions. Get a step above the pack with your ability to talk about yourself the right way.
Entering the workforce
Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have your dream job lined up right out of college. Good for you! For the rest of the people still searching, having a career coach can help to narrow down the immense world of job searching. It can be a long and discouraging process. Putting yourself out there to get rejected or ghosted over and over again is hard on the best of days. A career coach is there to help soften the blow and let you vent when it becomes too much.
They are also there to help you narrow down the businesses you are putting yourself out there for. Is small business the way to go or are you fine with being one part of a larger picture? These are questions that a career coach can help you to determine where you might thrive the most. Without this guidance, you may end up skipping around for years trying to figure out the best place for your personality and work-life balance. Every company is going to tout their version of work-life balance, but knowing what works best for you is an important first step.
Changing careers or starting a business
Changing careers, even if you’ve only been in the workforce for a little while, is a scary step. You’ve taken the hard step of determining where you are at is not right for you. Now comes the even harder part of either going back into a new job and starting from scratch or beginning a new business. Having someone impartial to have your back and guide you through it all is so important.
Your spouse or family can be a great support in this time, and a career coach can only add to the tools in your belt for success. That’s all you can do in life. Prepare and learn and grow. Being a successful and happy human means discovering new things every day and taking the time to invest in yourself. In this case, you are investing in your future career happiness.
Starting a business is especially tricky. Not everyone is going to be on board, and the stress of wondering “Will this work?” is constantly lurking in the back of your mind. A career coach can help you to overcome some of the self-doubts that come with the surge of passion in starting a new venture. There is no miracle formula for success, but preparing your mindset for it makes the difference between persevering through it all and giving up before you’ve even started. A career counselor is impartial, but they are also empathetic to whatever you may be feeling.
Okay, but how is a counselor different than a mentor?
A mentor is someone that has been there before, made mistakes, and lived to tell the tale. Battle-worn and ready to swap horror stories down the road, these people are often ill-equipped to handle the emotional component of changing careers and managing one in the context of your own experiences. You are the only one living and experiencing your life. Mentors are generally limited in the advice that they can give based on personal experience. That has its own kind of value, absolutely. But finding fulfillment in what you are doing for a living or handling the stress of changing careers is the stuff that therapists handle all day long. It is their job to help you to live the best life possible because:
Career coaches are impartial
Their training means that they are only interested in helping you to achieve YOUR goals. Counselors are experienced at digging deeper than the average person to get the core of what you need. Perhaps, you have an idea of what you think you need when really the root of your issues are a little deeper than you expected.
Having someone impartial on your side means that you are able to discover what you need without worrying about the expectations of others. Parents, partners, friends, and coworkers all have an implicit bias even if they are there to support you. Talking with a career coach can allow you to let your guard down in a real and powerful way.
Career coaches are a professional at handling stress
Jobs are stressful. Period. Even if it is something that you absolutely love, there is always some kind of stress coming at you. Deadlines, coworkers, bosses; you name it! Our team is there to help teach you how to manage all of that anxiety. Anxiety can be a huge roadblock to achieving your best life. For a lot of people, it is extremely difficult to separate the stress of the office from your everyday life. Young adults are struggling more and more with leaving their work and balancing out living. When work takes over your life, it can become a vicious cycle of stress.
Career coaches are equipped to handle emotional roadblocks
Teaching others how to overcome all of those challenges is a large part of career coaching. This can also help you in other aspects of your life. It’s hard to contain your life in just one or two boxes. Our emotions and issues tend to bleed a bit into every part of our lives in one way or another. Things like family issues and relationships are all affected by our mental state. If your career is blocking you from being the kind of person that you want to be, career coaching can help to level out the rough edges.
Trauma in your past could be the thing holding you back from the life you deserve. Counselors can help you to uncover all kinds of things in your way that you never even considered. If there is one thing that you can point to blocking your path to success, maybe EMDR treatment is the thing for you. It can also be used to remove those mental blocks in an innovative way that moves beyond talk therapy.
How EMDR can supplement Career Coaching
Young adults can carry their share of trauma. Whether you are dealing with something heavier or you want to work past the things that are blocking your focus; EMDR can help you get there. We work with you using a specialized technique to target negative emotions associated with a particular triggering event to reframe those responses to something more positive. Working with our counselors can move you to speak better in public, take risks at work to get ahead, and unlock all of your potential. You can read all about it in our EMDR therapy blog if you feel like this would be a good option for you and your situation.
Career Coaching here at The Well House Group
We are here to help you unlock all of your potential as well as help you through the hard times. Our trained staff is here to keep you performing your best and create the life you’ve always dreamed of having. Fulfillment and joy are just a few sessions away. Career coaching here at the Well House Group in Southlake, TX fills your toolbelt up with all the necessary and essential tools for success.
Our experts create an environment for you to develop the life you’ve always dreamed of. There is no reason to keep yourself from as much success as possible, and that comes from knowing yourself better than you ever have before. The life of hard knocks does not have to be your story.
You can schedule today by reaching out via text, phone, or email. Learn more about us and the services we offer here at The Well House Group. Stop your career from taking over your life. Let us help you to live the life you have always wanted.