By Jessica Symes
What is it to have Career confidence and how can you work towards it or develop it?
The purpose of my coaching practice is to one person at a time support each of my clients towards a happy, content and purpose driven career in which they feel they are in control of. As an executive coach I have seen an epidemic of people unhappy, lost, unsure and unconfident in careers that were based more on expectations than strengths and passions. My coaching has been focused on supporting individuals to work out what they are good at, what someone will pay them to do and what they love doing. It is that simple but can be complex to navigate through limiting beliefs, perceived expectations of others and perfectionism that are all holding them back from the career of their dreams.
There are no free lunches in this world and definitely no one that is going to hand us our dream job if we haven’t done the work to ensure we know what we want and how to get it. It is our responsibility to work out what it is we truly want and to focus on the resources that we have to achieve that and not focus on the potential or perceived obstacles, perceived restrictions and excuses. For the most part most of us live in a world in which anything and everything is possible if you are willing to work out what it is you want, what might hold you back and how to shift that, put together a great plan and be willing to work really, really hard to achieve that goal.
I encourage the individuals with whom I work with to focus on the possibilities and the opportunities and follow my formula to Career Confidence which is based on the four C’s – Clarity, Confidence, Collaboration and Communication. I ask them to approach this work with a growth and learning mindset and embrace it with courage. They may be looking to strive for a promotion, transition into a different career or industry, start their own business, re enter the workforce, create more flexibility and balance or completely turn their lives around with a total reinvention. What ever the goal this formula will guide and support you through that process. This opportunity is not for special people or lucky people because that is a fallacy as a concept, this is for you, for anyone who is willing to do the work required to achieve 'Career Confidence'. This is an effortful process, a sometimes confronting process although the rewards are only limited by your imagination. Have fun, be kind to your self, be honest and true and dig deep towards living an empowered, engaged and fulfilling life in which you can be the best version of yourself to contribute positively to what ever you choose to do.