Transition Coaching: Discover Your Next Steps...
What is a Transition?
According to William Bridges in his book Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, transitions are psychological and have a 3 phase process (see below), whereas change is situational. In his books Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes and Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, he talks about the process of transition having three phases -
- an ending (letting go of a situation);
- a neutral zone (the confusing or distressing area of in-betweenness)
- a new beginning (launching in to a new situation).
What is a Transition Coach?
Transition coaching is a creative process of discovery where you and your transition coach come together to help clarify your intentions and set you on the path to finding true career and life alignment.
Transition coaches provide a supportive, neutral, and productive coaching relationship to help you maximise your potential in both a professional and personal capacity, while holding you accountable. A transition coach can partner with you if you want to excel in your current career, or if you are seeking out a new career choice.
Business leaders, small business owners, managers, and employees at any levels of an organisation who are interested in finding a new direction, developing leadership skills or receiving support and guidance through a career transition will all benefit from engaging with a transition coach.
One-to-one career coaching sessions are conducted on Skype, face-to-face, or over the telephone.
Types of Transitions
There are many transitions in life and some of them can be bigger transitions than others. However, it also depends on how we look at them. For example - leaving a job can be more challenging than driving home each day from work (which is also a transition), however even this example can depend on a variety of variables.
Following are some examples of what could be perceived as bigger transitions that occur in life, however please remember many activities in life can be a transition -
- leaving a job or getting retrenched,
- starting or finishing a course,
- being separated or divorced,
- getting married or starting a relationship,
- a child leaving school or university (or if you are a student - leaving school or university)
- starting a new job or position,
- preparing to have or having a child,
- retiring from your job,
- getting or preparing for a promotion at work,
- going to university
- living on your own for the first time,
- getting injured as an athlete or retiring from a sport.
How can a Transition Coach help me?
If you're wondering if seeing a career coach is for you, here are some benefits of working with a transition coach:
Transform 'imposter syndrome'
If you spend your days imagining that one day there’ll be a tap on your shoulder from your boss, telling you that you're not cut out for the position you're in, consider transition coaching.
It is possible to reshape your thought processes regarding your capabilities in the workplace, learn techniques that will help you believe in yourself, and truly flourish in your existing role.
Grow your self-belief and confidence
From a young age, it's easy to become conditioned to the type of career we ‘should' end up in.
Parents, teachers, and peers will all draw on our strengths and weaknesses and can ultimately shape our future.
Perhaps your father believed that manual jobs were for boys. Perhaps you excelled at a sport like I did and were given opportunities to turn your hobby into a profession. Or maybe, a well-meaning but misguided teacher prevented you from following the childhood dreams that bubbled away in your school years instead of persuading you to a more ‘sensible' career.
Advice and guidance instilled from those around you can end up destroying your confidence, and, before you know it, 20 years have passed and you're in a career you don't love, lacking clarity and direction.
Transition coaching will help you regain the self-belief and confidence you once had in yourself before those around you, often innocently, moulded you into who you’ve ultimately become.
Get clarity on career direction
It's easy to fall into the trap of 'running on autopilot' when it comes to going to work because it's close to home, pays good money, or because it's what you've always known.
But what if you want more than that?
Transition coaching will help you understand your bigger purpose and can identify a career or role that better suits your intrinsic needs. A transition coach will work with you to devise a plan of action to keep you accountable and help you take the first steps in your journey towards a career you’ll want to excel in.
Creating balance and harmony between life and career
No more Sunday night dread. No more counting down the days until the holidays. And no more fear on the way to work during your morning commute.
While we all strive for work-life balance, it's entirely possible to work in a career that doesn't make you tired, exhausted and anxious. While you may not have to work any less, working with a career coach and identifying a position that you're passionate about, will help you jump out of bed in the morning excited to get to work every day.
Discover your unique strengths
We all have our own unique strengths and attributes. While it might be evident to you or those around you that you excel in particular areas (such as good organisational or communication skills); a career coach will identify how all your qualities work in collaboration with each other to identify unique opportunities suited to you.
In addition, a transition coach will also provide strategies and techniques on how to make improvements in your areas of weakness and help you choose roles best suited to your qualities.
A transition coach will also help you in the following areas:
- Managing stress effectively
- Overcoming procrastination
- Developing self-management strategies (e.g. energy management)
- Creating your vision, mission and align them to your values,
- Developing emotional intelligence
- Managing a transition in your career.
Do I Need a Transition Coach?
Perhaps you're already in your ideal career but you need to learn some strategies to help you achieve the great things you desire.
Maybe you know exactly what you want to do but you've gotten lost along the way and no longer know how to get there.
Or perhaps, like many others, you’re unsettled but not sure what to do next and need some help and guidance to help you redefine your career goals.
Consider working with a transition coach if:
- You wake up every day dreading the thought of another day at work
- You lack direction and you don't know which way to turn
- You don't have a sense of satisfaction or purpose at work
- You have work-related anxiety
- You're waiting for someone to expose you as a fraud even though you're perfectly qualified to do your job
- You've reached the top of the career ladder in your existing career, but you still have more to give in your profession
- You feel undervalued and you're not reaching your potential
- Your existing job/role doesn't align with your core values
- You're unfulfilled at work and/or at home.
Why Choose Jane Taylor's Transition Coaching?
Your career choice impacts your overall happiness and well-being and I know that better than anyone.
Spending the beginning of my career as a professional tennis player, when I retired, I changed careers to a health and physical education teacher. I then went on to work for MindMatters and now own a thriving health and wellness business.
Along with my tertiary qualifications, it's through making significant changes and transitions in my own career that I’ve identified the importance of aligning my career with my values and beliefs and recognised how crucial it is to be happy in your career and life.
I’ve taken consistent steps to evolve my profession into a career that fulfils me in every area of my life, and now I want to help you do the same.
Find out more about my career coaching and and how I approach to one-to-one coaching to get the best results for you. Book a FREE 15-minute discovery call here and you can see the coaching packages here.
"Great! Thanks. I feel positive to continue on my life journey knowing what I can work on to continue to have success in life." - School Principal
"Can see myself using all of these skills. Great leadership and facilitating a comfortable/safe space Jane." - Teacher, Brisbane
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