Monday, June 10, 2013
Coach or consultant?
Many people do not know the difference between a career coach and a career consultant. While both can help with your career, they hold very different functions. A coach helps you figure out you while a consultant tells you what you need to know. Both can be tremendously valuable to your career, but think about what you need before hiring one. Here’s some more detail on each of the functions.
Career Coach- Coaching is a process that begins by understanding your vision. What do you want in your career, in your life? About 50% of the people I talk to do not know their vision. Once a vision is clear, the coach will probe you, finding actions to bring you closer to your goal. The coach can free your thinking and empower you to solve your own problems. Be aware that many who call themselves coaches are not trained as coaches and act more as consultants. The industry is not regulated, so it is legal for someone to call themselves a coach without training or using coaching techniques.
Career Consultant- A consultant will answer your questions. If you already know what you want and where you want to go, the consultant should be able to give you guidance and the information you need to make progress. The consultant shares his/ her expertise with you so that you can gain from the knowledge s/he has collected over the years. If I was to hire a consultant, I would want to make sure they have technical expertise in the area of my interest. I would also look for someone who has been where I want to go or had done something I want to do. As with coaching, there is no training or credentialing required to call yourself a consultant.
Both coaching and consulting can be a valuable tool depending on what type of support you are seeking. Before hiring either be clear on why you chose to hire someone and make sure that person will get you where you want to go.
Learn more about the fashion industry from Career Coach Kate Kibler at http://www.katekibler.com.