Never heard of holistic career coaching? When you’re highly stressed, confused or stuck in your career change, then traditional ‘career coaching’ can add unnecessary pressure you don’t need. If you tried the traditional job search advice, tips and strategies but you recognise that you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with all free tips, articles and podcasts it’s time to stop absorbing more information and do things differently.
If I asked you what do you understand by traditional Career Coaching, I assume your response would go something like this:
Career Coaching helps me to identify what my ideal job could be, to write my CV, position myself in the job market, prepare for the job interview and find a job/employer that is a great fit for me.
Yes, you’re right.
Traditional Career Coaching covers all those topics. I observed that this approach is mainly focused on finding the best strategies and taking action, which works for some clients but it doesn’t for others.
If you’re finding yourself feeling exhausted, stressed out, confused or stuck, then read on. This holistic perspective could be your thing.
I love empowering my clients to get the results fast, but I don’t tell my clients how to write their CV or how to nail their interviews.
So what do I do differently and why do I prefer Holistic Career Coaching?
I combine both the traditional approach and holistic approach.
What is a “holistic approach” in Career Coachig ?
A holistic approach means to provide support that looks at the whole person, not just their partial needs. It means that if you wanted to change your job and career, apart from the traditional strategies and topics, we would consider also other elements of your wellbeing (physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing) and see them as interconnected.
1. If we were to work together, first we would have a dialogue about your life and career change timing:
First we take a look at your career triggers, drivers for change and where you are on your journey, so we can build foundations for a successful and positive change.
Before jumping into job search we look at your life situation and goals with as I usually do with my clients:
- Are you at that stage when you are looking to buy a house, start dating or trying for a baby and career change pressures would have an impact on your finance, wellbeing and stress levels?
- Are you emotionally, energetically and physically prepared to kick off the change or do you need to deal with a burnout or low confidence first?
- Are you confident enough to jump into job search or do you need first to discover who You are, what makes you tick?
- Are you clear what your career desires and needs (financial and spiritual) are or are you just trying to escape you unpleasant job situation or a horrible boss?
You may be tempted to think that this is such a waste of your time because you just want to find your dream job and you want it badly and fast. Yet think about the impact of jumping into another job that just isn’t alined with what you need and want. Wouldn’t it make sense to take a step back and look at how to prepare for a successful change?
2. We spent considerable amount of time discovering your potential so you can claim it confidently:
How can you feel comfortable to talk about you and difference you make in a job interviews if you are not confident and clear about who you are, what you stand for, what your passion and vision in career is?
If you want to stand out from the crowd, be authentic and confident enough to attract better opportunities, your clarity and confidence need to be aligned with you – your needs, desires, talents, skills and purpose. Unless you’re aligned with who you are and what you stand for, your body language will give signals to your future employer, peers or clients.
This is extremely difficult to hide. Your body posture, your voice – all give signals if you’re not aligned. This is why I would spend at least 3-6 months working with you helping you to dig deeper – to connect with your soul (or calling as some people call it), connect with your career desires you’ve not shared with anyone yet. And then I guide you to discover how your talents help you turn those needs, desires and purpose into a real job.
3. Together we explore how to navigate your career journey powerfully and effortlessly:
In other words we are exploring how to turn your dark moments (moments when you feel down, demotivated or stressed out) into a catalyst for a positive change. No emotion or state of being is bad. Anger, frustration, boredom … despair, lack of hope … these are all powerful and helpful sources of energy which you can work through. Your response and emotions are telling you something, giving signals. They may feel bad or uncomfortable however if you look at these emotions you will realise they are helping you to navigate away from what you don’t want, don’t need or what doesn’t serve you well.
These emotions may also be showing you that it’s the right time to build better resilience and improve your response to change and challenges. It’s about learning how to use your emotions to navigate yourself on your dream job journey. One day it may be about learning to stop feeling sorry for yourself and another time it could be about learning to ease off the pressure you’re putting yourself under, taking a step back and stop putting yourself under unnessary pressure. Yes, change feels uncomfortable but with the right guidance like mine it doesn’t have to.
4. Finding the best for you job search approach:
Every person that I work with will go through discovering their talents. So would you. We will use Gallup StrenghtsFinder for this. Why? Because we need to understand what’s your genius, what is your natural way of thinking and behaving. Every person has a different combination of their TOP 5 and dominant talents. This will have an impact on what feels right for you when it comes to searching for your job. If you’re strong in strategic thinking, you’ll approach your job search differently to someone who is strong in Relationship building.
A person with dominant talents in Relationship Building could prefer attracting their dream job via networking or building relationship with headhunters without much preparation. While a person strong in Strategic thinking may like to take time to do their own research, develop their strategy and think for a few months how to go on about their job search.
There is no right or wrong job search approach, it just really depends on what works for you. To be more successful with your job search it pays off to understand what approach feels the best to you.
You can become the leader of your own career, career change and make a difference in your career simply by better alignment and doing less.
If you’re feeling the nudge to stop procrasting and feel now is the time to step up in your career, let me help you introduce holistic guidance to your career change.
You can schedule a CAREER DISCOVERY CALL with me where we can address your pain points and together find your next happy career steps. I’d love to help you.
Author: AdriAna Kosovska
Professional and certified coach & founder of ZERO TO DREAM JOB ACADEMY
I work with employees, managers and organisations that care about
Dream job & Career Development | Stress reduction | Talents development |