Whether you are an executive who needs a bigger challenge, a mid-career professional who wants to change direction, or a person with specific goals and values who wants a corporate culture to match, job changes are to be expected.
Some people reach a high level and then decide to change careers. Others end up in a useful vocation, but it is not their true calling. Still others, want to reach their full potential, and decide to look around for something more. In each case, having a coach and getting some coaching direction can make all the difference. The difference between having a life that runs you, verses a life that you run. If something isn’t working, (corporate culture, position and level, management team, Career growth,) it will stifle your life and happiness.
Typically, we get the urge to change when we feel we are not reaching our full potential. This may be due a disappearing or declining market, an acquisition, a reorganization or too many years with one company. Working with an executive coach is the best way to make this change with the least amount of disruption to your life. At the executive level, such changes can require subtle branding changes, clever networking, and competitive market research. At the executive level, confidentiality in building your network is essential. The Transition Coach is well suited to navigate through these challenges and provide new direction to make the transition with the least amount of attention and fanfare.
The mid-career professional who wants to change direction is also not unusual. Generally, this happens when the role, is not the best match with actual interests and/or skills. An example is the COO who wants to be the CMO, the sales professional who would rather solve customer problems, the PR manager who would rather be Marketing Consultant, the Director of Customer Success who would rather be Director of Operations, or the Chief of Staff who wants to be the Chief Marketing Officer or General Manager. These are all changes that we have coached people through successfully.
Another category of change is for the professional who wants to achieve a certain goal, leave a legacy,build a new division or product. With the support of a coach, this can be achieved within the company he or she is currently working in. It is normal for people to make career changes throughout their career. This is a growth process which the coach guides and helps sort out with objectivity.
For those who are nearing retirement and are beginning to wonder: “What is next?” it makes sense to work with a coach to examine the feasibility of starting up a new business, consulting practice, joining a board or creating your legacy.
Roadspring has been successful working with 100’s of professionals making these kinds of career changes. For example, one client had strong experience in Client Services, SAAS Integration, Customer Success, and General Management. But he was unable to land an offer because he lacked focus. After getting coaching support and branding he was hired quickly by a Fortune 500 company starting up a new division.
Another client was a Chief Operating Officer who was having trouble finding and moving to the next opportunity. The coach framed his elevator pitch around his success in revenue growth, and he tapped into 6 hidden executive level positions.
Still another client, who was a Director of Advertising wanted to change both industries and functions. After we developed the correct branding, and he work on his success stories, he was hired after one interview. And lastly, a Sr. Director was completing many interviews, but received no offers. After completing the Roadspring program and getting laser clear on what to say in the interviews, he was hired immediately as a Sr. Director.
People who are making career changes fare better when they understand the territory of career change and have a coach to guide them on the roadmap. Career Transition coaching is for those who want to reach their full potential and expand to a new level of fulfillment.