4 Signs it may be time to hire a coach

Years ago, when I was unhappy working in food, I felt completely stuck.

It was as though I was a flashy race car for which someone had lost the key. I knew I was meant for speed, built for accomplishing something, yet, there I was, just stuck in the driveway, and the key that would start my engine was nowhere to be found. 

And the trouble was, I had no idea where to even look for the key.

It took me years of barking up the wrong career tree to finally understand some essential truths about who I am, what I want in my life, and how to go about shaping my career into the right one for me.

I would have gotten out of my rut a lot faster (and with much less struggle) if I had had a good career coach.

If you’re considering hiring a career coach but not exactly sure it's worth your while, consider if any of the following seem familiar:


#1. You feel unfulfilled.

If going to work every day makes you want to cry, or, worse, it makes you actually cry, you’re more than unfulfilled, you’re unhappy. But you don’t need to shed tears to recognize a lack of fulfillment at your job. If every day is a slog, you live for Fridays, and by Sunday night the dread has crept in, it’s not you, it’s something about your job that isn’t working.

If you don’t know what’s amiss or how to improve the status quo, a career coach can certainly help you to examine what’s not working (and what is) about your current situation.


#2. You are bouncing from food job to food job with no obvious direction.

I’d venture to say that this is one that many a food-jobber recognizes all too well. First you’re an intern, then a teacher, then you do marketing for a nonprofit. Round and round and round you go. Where you stop, nobody knows. If you are sick of reinventing the wheel every time you change jobs, you need to drill down and understand a bit more about yourself in a professional setting.

Just because food is your passion doesn’t mean any food job will fit the bill. A career coach can help you set some clear goals and find some direction.


#3. You do have specific career dreams, but, somehow, they seem totally unrelated to what you’re doing now.

You dream of opening a bakery one day, but right now you’re writing sales copy for a designer shoe company. Ok, all experience is useful experience, and there are always transferable skills that you can take with you into any job, but if you have a clear picture of where you want to go, and the road you’re on doesn’t lead there, it’s time to make some changes.

If you don’t even know where or how to start, a career coach can help you get going.


#4. You need help getting into action.

You’ve got a bunch of ideas for your career, but once you’ve thought them all up and written them all down, you suddenly feel so overwhelmed by doubts and worries that you’re paralyzed.

A career coach can help you tackle procrastination and self-defeating habits and work with you to establish systems that will keep you productive and moving toward your goals.

These are only four simple situations that call for a career coach, but there are plenty more. If you're curious, or you have more questions, I would love to hear from you. You can either contact me directly or post a thought below in the comments. 

If you're interested in working with me one-on-one, check out my coaching offerings here. 

Emily Halpern