Four Things Career Coaches Won't Tell You…But Should

A career coach can be a great resource for navigating your career. They can offer personalized guidance and support to help you reach your career goals. But there are some truths that many coaches don't like to share. These uncommon perspectives can be the key to maximizing your potential and achieving true success in your career.

Self-Awareness is Key

Many career coaches will focus on external factors, such as networking, job applications, and interview skills. While these are all important, they are only part of the equation. True success in your career requires a deep understanding of your own strengths, weaknesses, and values. Understanding these things can help you to identify the roles and organizations that will best fit your skillset, provide you with the most fulfillment, and make the best use of your talents. With this knowledge, you can make more informed decisions about your career path and be more successful in the long-term.

Self-awareness is not just about knowing what you're good at or what you enjoy doing. It's about understanding your core beliefs, motivations, and priorities. Knowing these things can help you make better decisions that align with what you truly want and need. It can also help you identify and understand any potential obstacles that may be in the way of achieving your goals.

Stop Blaming Others and Take Responsibility

It's easy to blame others for our shortcomings or failures. This mindset is a big barrier to success. When we blame others, we give away our power and freedom. We become passive and helpless, waiting for someone else to fix the problem or make things better. By accepting responsibility for our own actions and mistakes, we create an opportunity for ourselves to learn and grow. Instead of relying on someone else to make a change, we can focus on what we can do to make a difference. This gives us the power to create the life we want and sets us up for long-term success.

To truly succeed in your career, means accepting your mistakes, learning from them, and taking proactive steps to improve. It also means recognizing when external factors are beyond your control, and finding ways to adapt and overcome.

You Don't Need to Be Passionate About Your Work to Be Successful

Many career coaches will tell you to follow your passion and find work that you love. While this is a good goal, it's not always realistic or necessary. Not everyone has a clear passion or calling, and that's okay. Following your passion can be a great way to find fulfillment in your work, but it's not the only way. You can also find satisfaction in work that is challenging and rewarding, even if it doesn't necessarily align with your deepest desires.

Success in your career is not just about doing what you love. It's about finding work that aligns with your values, interests, and skills, and that provides you with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Sometimes, this may mean pursuing a career that you're not necessarily passionate about, but that offers other benefits, such as financial stability or work-life balance.

You Need to Take Accountability for Your Career

While a good career coach can provide guidance and support, they can't do the work for you. It's up to you to take ownership of your own career and make things happen. A good career coach can help you identify your goals and potential paths to achieving them, provide advice on how to tackle obstacles and remain focused, and offer a sounding board for your ideas. But ultimately, it's up to you to put in the effort and make the necessary steps to meet your goals.

This means setting clear goals and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. It also means being proactive in seeking out new opportunities, developing new skills, and building a strong professional network. When you take accountability for your own career, you become the driver of your own success.

The road to career success is not always easy, and there are some hard truths that many career coaches won't tell you. However, by embracing self-awareness, taking responsibility for your actions, and taking accountability for your own career, you can achieve the success you deserve.

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Alicia Perkins

Career & Professional Development Educator | Speaker | Trainer | Podcast Host

Alicia Perkins is a former Recruiting & HR leader who is now helping professionals take control of their careers & land careers they love. Alicia has helped over 2k professionals gain career clarity, regain their voice & go after what they deserve unapologetically.

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