Helping people to get their next job – training options
From experience, I find that a lot of talented ex-Recruiters, ex-HR professionals, and Careers Advisers (who have worked in schools, colleges, and universities) successfully decide to become career coaches with a view to helping people get their next job.
If you have experience in the industry but don’t yet have any coaching qualifications, this can be a great entry point into the career coaching profession. Having worked in the industry means you have the knowledge (gained through invaluable real-life experience) of what makes a successful CV and interview, for example. This means that, as a career coach, you can be an excellent resource to your clients.
Career coach training
Speaking from personal experience, while I had a solid grounding in knowing the practical aspects around CVs, interviews, and job search methods thanks to my HR and recruitment background, I found that obtaining the relevant qualifications helped me with the more emotional side of the job and made me feel more confident in my own role and ability as a coach. The training taught me that often the best way of helping the person in front of me is to ask them the questions that will lead to them finding their own answers (instead of just telling them what I think they should do, or sharing my own opinions).
I have a Masters degree in Human Resources Management, which means I have a good understanding of employment law and as part of the degree I wrote a dissertation on how companies can best handle redundancies. This definitely helps me when working with companies in supporting their employees with getting new roles following redundancies. However, it certainly isn’t an essential requirement if you are thinking of getting additional qualifications to help you.
CCS Core Skills Course in Career Coaching & Counselling: The first career-related course I took is now called The CCS Core Skills Course in Career Coaching & Counselling (run by CCS – Career Counselling Services) and is accredited by the Association for Coaching. It was an absolutely brilliant course at introducing me to the essentials of coaching. It also taught me how to use a number of coaching tools specifically created for supporting clients with making career decisions and coping with career transitions and endings. This course is a good option for you whether you’re an experienced coach already or haven’t had any previous training.
Once you successfully complete the course, you are licensed to use the tools with your own clients. The course doesn’t cover any of the practical issues such as CV, interview, and LinkedIn support though. So, if you don’t already have these skills and want to offer your clients support in these areas, you’ll have to find other ways of developing your knowledge and expertise.