As coaches, we do only guide our clients to discover their dream job for themselves. It is more than what they are good at. In the past, I have been in jobs where “I’m very good at what I do, but what I do is not what I am best at.” It’s poor English, but an accurate assessment. Assessment is, in fact, the key here. If the client does not have a career path in mind, use assessments to help. I use DISC with my clients which has a long list of careers by personality type. The list can serve as a reference for my client to research career opportunities. As always, it is up to the client to decide what path is most appropriate. (Here is a sample.)
Re-branding is influenced by the length of time my client has been in the workforce. The more “experienced” in a field, the more challenges will be faced in switching. Often the barrier to switching careers is simply the paycheck. My client may have to step down the pay scale to start over in a new field. If they are an experienced person, is may be a relatively short period before they climb back up to the pay grade to which they are accustomed. It becomes a trade-off. The baby boomer generation is just now realizing that work/life balance is more important than the make and model car they are driving. Millennials are showing themselves to be much less possession oriented and much more life and job satisfaction centered. For others, starting over in the area of recognition and respect may be the uphill battle. When restarting a career, few will respect the experience of an unrelated job in the new career. The client will need to “earn their stripes” all over again. Not everyone has the patience or desire to go through that process.
The key tips? Full disclosure! Guide your client along the path of career choices, helping them make their choice for the right reasons, while understanding the challenges they will face. For many clients, it will not be an easy path, but it will be worth it!