Do I need career coaching?

There are many situations in which getting a career coaching can have a big impact on your career. But what are those situations in which you might need career coaching?

To help you find an answer to this question, we put together the most important details on career coaching so that you know what it is all about and when it can make an actual difference for your career. Are you ready to explore career coaching?

What is career coaching?

Career coaching is the process where a career expert guides and supports someone who is either looking for a job, thinking about a change in their career, or is ready to take the next step in their career.

The main three things a career coach will do for you are:

  • Help you gain clarity on your next steps
  • Provide you with insights and advice on how to navigate the career path you choose
  • Design a path you can follow step by step to reach your career goals

Just as important is to also define what a career coach will not do for you:

  • A career coach will not write your application documents for you
  • A career coach will not hand in your applications on your behalf
  • A career coach will not refer you to recruiters

You can imagine a career coach as being an independent advisor and teacher that will help you make the best decision for your career and make sure that you get all the information you need to figure out the right solution for yourself. 

What’s the benefit of this approach? It will allow you to truly build up career competencies and is a more sustainable approach to career building. You can also be sure that you always get the best and most objective advice, because a career coach is working for you, not for a third party.

Do I need career coaching or can I figure it out on my own?

Whether you want to invest in a career coaching or try to figure it out yourself is up to you and depends on a lot of factors. 

For better visualization, let’s make an example:

Imagine you are on vacation and want to explore the Amazon of Brazil. At the hotel, the tourist guide gives you two options: Either you can do the hike on your own with a map they provide for free or you book a local guide. What option would you choose?

  • If you choose the free map, you will have to figure it out on your own. This might work if you have previous experience in the area or are someone who doesn’t mind feeling lost at some points. You might reach your goal eventually and feel very good with yourself afterwards, but the road will be more bumpy.
  • If you choose the local guide, you will be sure that you will get someone who has experience in the area and will give you direct guidance on where to go. You will probably reach your goal faster and you will not feel lost during the journey.

The same applies to career coaching: With a career coach, you will get the support of an experienced expert who will guide you and help you reach your career goal faster and more smoothly. If this is important to you, getting a career coaching surely makes sense and is a good investment that you can make in yourself. With our career coaching services, you’ll get your own personal recruiting expert who supports you in finding your next job in the German industry.

When do I need career coaching?

Whether you need career coaching also depends on your personal situation and your goals.

So what are those situations in which getting career coaching makes sense?

1. You want to look for a new job and don’t know where to start

Starting the job search process can be quite intimidating. How can you create a strong CV? What should be included in your cover letter? Where do you search for the right jobs and how can you decide if they really fit your profile?

Especially if you’re about to begin a new chapter in your career, for example relocating to a new country, finding your first job after university, or making a career switch to a new field, you might find it hard to get started with your job search because you don’t have any experience with it, yet.

A career coach will be able to give you a clear overview of what matters in the process and they will help you create amazing application documents. Together with your career coach, you will be able to design a personalized job search strategy that will actually work for you, and avoid spending time applying for the wrong jobs.

2. You’re receiving too many rejections you can’t explain

We probably all have been there once. Sending out so many applications and in the end not even being invited to interviews. But how would you know what to do differently if you are not receiving feedback from recruiters on what to improve?

If you want to get that feedback from a person that will actually care about your career success, a career coach will come in real handy for you. Together with the career coach, you will rethink your job search strategy and you will receive insightful feedback on your application documents to boost them up. Instead of trying to stay afloat of all those rejections, learn how to build that boat that will guide you to the interview together with your career coach.

3. You’re getting invited to interviews, but never get that final offer

If you’re already getting invited to interviews but fail to receive the final job offer, a career coach can help you figure out what the problem is.

Many times during the interview process we might be making small mistakes that prevent us from showing our full potential. To understand what those small mistakes might be, working with a career coach can be valuable. You will not only get feedback but also be able to practice your interview skills and prepare for typical questions that you will be asked.

4. You’re lost about what to do with your career and need guidance

Not knowing what to do with your career next can be a real scary thing. You might feel lost on where to start or what to do next.

In such a situation, a career coach can make a true difference as there are clear methodologies to be used that will help you figure out what you actually want out of your professional life and how to get there step by step. And these methodologies have worked for many people, so you can be certain it will also work for you.

Conclusion: Do I need career coaching?

As we have seen, whether you need career coaching will always depend on your situation, your goals, and also your personal preferences. Do you want to take the path towards your goals on your own or do you want to get the fast-pass to your dream job with a personal guide? 

If you are someone who wants to be guided by an expert, learn new career insights and avoid many frustrations on your journey, then getting a career coach is the right decision for you to make. 

Do you want to have career coaching for your career in Germany? Contact us today and let’s discuss your personal situation and how we at CareerBee can help you reach your career goals in Germany.

Laura Villafuerte

Laura Villafuerte

HR expert & Career Coach for international professionals in Germany.