Career Management Counseling Services in Washington, D.C.
Most of us think a lot about how our job is going: whether we are contributing and being appreciated, whether we are learning new skills, our work relationships, our compensation, our challenges. Sometimes we are in a good place, and are exhilarated by the challenges.
Other times we are preoccupied with a negative situation.
These things matter — to your psyche, to your health and spirit, to your economic situation. You don’t have to go it alone. Career management coaching can be a place to figure out positive strategies and next moves. And it can help relieve the negative stress that can affect your performance and your confidence.
It’s a lot easier to be happy in life if you are flourishing at work.
How could career management coaching help me?
- Wanting more job skills and content knowledge
The name of the game in today’s workplace is to keep learning. Typical Millennials know this well, and are seeking ways to learn on the job — or are leaving it to learn new skills somewhere else. Job hopping sometimes is risky, but can have lots of benefits — especially if you’re young.Let’s lay some action plans for how to get the skills, meaning and impact you want.
- Finding more work-life balance
A huge challenge these days. Find out about the most successful approaches and how to give them a try.
- Being promoted or getting a new job
It’s a big new job — bigger than you’ve ever had. What are the best practices you need to know? What skill sets do you already have and where do you feel a bit shaky? What can you quickly learn online? What are the key tasks you should accomplish in your first 6 months?Together we’ll figure out how best to ramp up so you can look and feel your most confident, avoid pitfalls and start smart.
- Difficulties with your boss, your colleagues or your staff
In particular, problems with the person above you can wear you down, make you angry and less competent, and eat away at your self-confidence. And less-than-competent bosses abound. This is the #1 on-the-job problem I’ve seen in my fourteen years of practice.We can work together to identify strategies for managing a bad boss, building better relationships with colleagues, changing systems, resolving conflict, and navigating office dynamics.
- Reducing bad stress and barriers
There’s good stress and bad stress. And almost everyone has barriers to deal with — some external, some internal. Recognizing them is the first step to overcoming or working around them.Career management coaching helps people tackle their unproductive stressors and barriers in confidential and supportive sessions.
- Assuring a higher level of job security
Don’t count on just doing a good job to assure job security. Learn new skills. Assure your work gets noticed. Network well. Make partnerships. Develop mentoring relationships. Pam Lassiter’s book, The New Job Security, is a good place to start, but it’s important to identify key strategies for your special situation.
- Negotiating successfully for flex time, part-time, or working from home
Some employers are more open to these important options than others. Help your organization get to “yes” by making your case well, and showing how it can work. Don’t just ask. And pick the right time.
- Negotiating a termination or resignation and landing on your feet.
You can learn to recognize the signs that you’ll be terminated or downsized. Or perhaps you feel so ill on Sunday nights that you are impelled to resign. Negotiating a successful exit is a skill.Career management coaching will help you negotiate the best severance, assure the best possible recommendation for future jobs, and leave with at least most people thinking well of you.
- Determining what additional training will help your career
I’ve seen clients who spent lots of time and money on further education without careful analysis and planning — and then realized their training wasn’t right. Learn how to identify skill gaps between the career you have now and what you might want to be doing in five to ten years. Then we’ll figure out how to get those skills (and some experience) for the lowest cost — and most pleasure. On the job? On campus? On line? By volunteering?You’ll develop a tentative timeline of what to learn when, and how.
- Achieving new goals
Things may be going fine for you, but you’re the kind of person who wants to keep growing, and learning.Career management coaching helps you explore best practices and develop effective strategies for meeting your goals and achieving even more success.