Our career coaching programme will help you to clarify what you want and to develop a plan on how to get there. You may want to decide what profession or career to follow after university, review the career path you have taken thus far, deal more effectively with work problems, or improve your work-life balance. We will work with you to clarify your career goals and develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to ensure you get there.
What is an Individual Development Plan? An individual development plan is a document that will help you assess your skills and the areas that you need to improve upon or develop further, depending on the career you have chosen and the goals you wish to achieve within a specific period of time. You need to set definite and measurable goals within a particular timeframe to help you transition to the next step in your career.
Maria Kalogera is an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching and an accredited and licensed career coach of CCS Career Coaching and Counselling Services programme. Maria can support all of your career management needs from career decision making, job search/applications, to on-the-job coaching. If relevant (given your career goals), she can also help you apply for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes through our Admissions Consulting programme.
Throughout life individuals make countless decisions and experience any number of transitions. We have developed the DREAM career model to support you in every step of a career transition depending on your individual needs.
Please click on the different steps of the DREAM Career Model to get an idea of the different steps of a successful transition and/or click here to find out about our Career Coaching package. Please note that Step 1 &2 form our career coaching programme and it is up to you whether or not you want to continue with one or more of the subsequent steps of the process
1. Discover Yourself
Assess your current skills and experience, your values, and your requirements. This step is essential to ensure that you make the right decision based on your skills, experience, values, and the things which are most important to you in a job/career. It enables you to address the questions of “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” It may include the use of psychometric tests and self-appraisal exercises to help clarify your transferable skills, interests, values, key achievements, personality, and what motivates you.
2. Research & Decide
This step will allow you to explore ideas and opportunities for your future. Now that you know yourself, your skills, interests, and values, the next step is to work with your career coach and generate ideas on what to do next. Now that you know what you want from your next job, you need to start exploring different opportunities.
In this step you need to evaluate the ideas generated in step 2 and decide on the best option for you. We will help you using a number of resources to identify the right career move/next role, set clear goals, and develop an Individual Development Plan on how to get there. We will give you a number of resources (including websites, books, and other documents).
These first two steps form our Career Coaching programme and it is up to you whether you want to continue with one or more of the subsequent steps of the process.Click here to find out about our Career Coaching Package.
3. Educate & Develop
As part of your IDP, we will decide whether any further training or career development opportunity is necessary in order to transition to the next step of your career. Whether this is a seminar, a professional course , or even a postgraduate course, we will help you identify the best source from which to receive this training. (If you decide that pursuing an undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, or PhD is appropriate, then we can also help you with the application process.)
4. Apply for your dream job (International Job Search Programme)
Once you have decided what you want, you need to accomplish it. We will work with you to secure the next right role for you. We will help with developing a job search strategy, including a complete career portfolio (CV, Cover letter, LinkedIn and Google+ profiles). For more information, please see our International Job Search programme.
5. Manage your career
Once you receive the job of your dreams/a promotion/or a transfer, it is important to hit the ground running as soon as possible. Knowing how to behave and what to do during your first ever job after graduation, or managing the transition after a promotion or a new job with another employer can be challenging. Michael D. Watkins (HBS Press Book) argues that the first 90 days at work are essential for your success in the role and missteps made during this period can jeopardise or, even, derail your success. We have developed a 1:1 coaching programme to help you get up to speed faster and more efficiently within your first 90 days at work.
This programme is also appropriate for women who are re-entering the workplace (e.g., after maternity leave or a career break).
Once you have established yourself in the company/job role, you may realise that you require some further training, or coaching, on issues such as communication skills, presentation skills, managing your time, or one-to-one coaching to deal with a specific career issue you face, such as work-life balance or a demanding boss. Do not hesitate to call us again and we will tailor a coaching programme to match your needs. You may also wish to start planning your next career move and want to pursue the right activities that will get you there ( for example, tailored work experience, experience abroad).
Career coaching Package (for 18+)
Please click on each stage so you can see a brief description
- Stage 1
- Stage 2
- Consultation: Exploring (approx. 1.5 hours)
- Exploring your career Education and training to date
- Reviewing other life issues relevant to your career development
- Agreeing objectives for career counselling
- Agreeing upon written self-appraisal exercises and psychometric questionnaires
- Optional: Completion of My system of Career Influences MSCI (Adult) and discussion (additional 1 hour)
- Stage 3
Questionnaires and Assignments undertaken between the meetings
- Stage 4
- Consultation and Review: 2 hours
- Discussion of self-appraisal exercises and questionnaires
- Exploration of your strengths, weaknesses, and development needs
- Agreeing home assignments and reading to aid your further reflection
- Stage 5
- Consultation: Planning and Action
- Summarising the key elements of your job satisfaction (and system of career influences)
- Identifying career and personal development opportunities and ideas
- Reality testing : an initial consideration of resources and obstacles
- Agreeing upon an 'Action Plan', including deadlines, if appropriate
- Identifying areas to research further, and ways to achieve this
- A written Summary of the results of the questionnaires, exercises and discussions
- Stage 6
- Progress review (1.5 hours)
- This meeting can be taken up to six months after meeting 4
- This will help you review your actions plans, maintain your progress and identify new action steps
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