What do career coaches do?

What do Career Coaches Do?

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“The word coach comes from the old English word coach, which was a vehicle, a carriage that took royalty or very important people from where they were to where they wanted to go. That’s really what a coach is. He or she tries to create a vehicle that will help get you where you are going, not where the coach wants you to go.” Tim Galwey

If you have ever wondered “what do career coaches do?” it helps to start with what any coach does. Hence the quote above.

Importantly, a career coach helps you to decide on your own career direction (rather than telling you what it should be). Coaching gives you the time and a safe space to consider your aims, aspirations and options. It is much more than a cosy chat. It will generally be structured, your thinking may be challenged, and it should lead to a commitment to taking action.

Unlike career advisers, we generally start with your values, ambitions, and only then look at your qualifications, skills and experience. We also help you apply a reality filter. Of course, if you need a job immediately (or if you want a similar job to the one you have now) these elements can be left aside.

We can help you prepare your CV – we encourage you to write and modify your own. Part of the service is to help you prepare for interview (including mock interviews) and take you through the mechanics of modern day job hunting.

We also remove blocks – whether in your mind or in skills such as presentation.

The ultimate aim is for you to develop the capacity, skills and confidence to manage your own career in the future, without having to return to us.

That’s what career coaches do! If this is of interest, email enquiries@redspotcoach.com now.

Digital Education

An interesting survey emphasises the need, and indeed the demand, for digital education and training. Looking  ahead, current jobs types will disappear, and new ones will arise. One of the common factors, however, is that digital skills are likely to be necessary for all of them.

This is good news for the digitally native generations, but less so for everyone else. What is clear, however, is that digital education and training needs to reach all levels, not just graduates. Part of that responsibility lies with employers, and indeed with individuals as part of their self development.

Read the report here 

Forbes on Job Search Scams

There are people out there trying to scam job searchers – see this articles from Forbes Magazine


I see a number of posts on LinkedIn, for example, claiming to be recruiting for large US Companies via a recruitment agency. The agency is never one I’ve come across, the companies are often little known in the UK, and the groups in which they appear are usually the last place where a sensible company would look, due to their particular membership. What happens when you click their link, I do not know, but the whole thing screams “scam”.