For those unfamiliar with the term, a career coach essentially helps a person build, re-pair, and/or re-adjust his career and associated career goals. The reality is that a career coach can serve as a valuable resource for many types of professionals – including some working within the legal industry. But, not all legal professionals have to work with a coach. Certain signs will make it evident that it might be time to consult with a coach for a career boost.
What is Career Coaching?
Career coaching helps legal professionals take better charge of their career. Coaches listen to their clients and then help them set career related goals. They then assist in putting together an action plan to help ensure that the professional obtains these goals. Along the way, coaches encourage, empower, and educate their clients to help them remain motivated towards reaching their ultimate aspirations.
How Career Coaches May Help Legal Professionals
Career coaches help a wide variety of legal professionals – including attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and legal support staff. The specific ways they may assist include:
- Listening to career struggles and working on plans to overcome them.
- Exploring new practice areas that may re-energize a career.
- Finding ways to build a better work-life balance.
- Discussing whether it’s beneficial to consider a new career outside the law.
Career coaches can definitely help legal professionals that are having difficulties – with their jobs, employers, working hours, etc. But, coaches can help other professionals that, while maybe struggle-free, just need some aid with obtaining existing goals or re-defining goals.
Signs a Career Coach is Right for You
Not all legal professionals need to consult with a career coach to succeed in their careers. Some professionals, though, will enjoy working with a coach and will benefit from them. The following signs are typically indicative of when a coach might be right for you.
- Lack of Direction: Many legal professionals nowadays job-hop. This means they leave an employer after a short-term in the hopes that another employer will solve problems and provide clarity. After a few hops, a lack of direction settles in that only stymies a career. Career coaches can help clients understand the reasoning for hops and ways to find a better sense of ground.
- Little Progress: Legal professionals sometimes just get into a rut. They hit a dead end where it seems like their careers are just not advancing like the professionals would like them to. This is a natural occurrence and coaches can help clients find ways to climb out of career ditches and re-define goals so that they can get the progress they want.
- Questioning your Career: Let’s face it. Many of us at times feel unfulfilled with our jobs. We may not only question our current role but may also question whether “the law” is the answer. This is okay. People with these feelings should not feel lost; or, scared that they can’t find a new role in a different industry. Rather, they should seriously contemplate seeing a coach for help. Legal career coaches are often former members of the legal industry, and they will have suggestions on ways to get your career back on track.
LAW DAWGS is always looking for ways to make our candidates happier and more successful with their jobs and their careers. While they may not be for every legal professional, legal career coaches can undoubtedly help those professionals exhibiting any of the above signs. If you need help finding a coach or have more questions on whether a coach is right for you, simply contact us now. We’re always happy to assist.