In a response to our understanding that those of you whom haven’t had career coaching previously, often ask ‘so how does career coaching work?’ we’ve asked each of our leading Coaches to describe the process and their approach in their own words. First up, is Ozlem. Ozlem’s is one of our most experienced Career Coaches who achieves fantastic results with our clients. Ozlem tends to work with managers, directors, specialising in career coaching for senior professionals. Below is her explanation
In her own words
“Coaching is a future-focused, conversational intervention for people to have further clarity around what they want career-wise. Coaching helps people to align their purpose, passion and values with their goals. And is highly-effective in helping people to decide the career direction they’d like to take or create with more certainty, and to organise their thoughts to design an action plan. The process of coaching also increases self-awareness and confidence to move forward.
Reflecting on your current habits, perspective, mindset and relationships is crucial to identify what’s helped you with your achievements so far. Deciding which of your existing habits work for you and how to create new habits, beliefs and skills to close the gap between where you are now and where you’d like to be.
Taking that knowledge and using it to help you qualify the opportunities you have is the next step.
From here, we can zone in on those directions we find will fit you best: the most practical ways for you to take strategic action- including using or developing your network strategically, maximising your fantastic skills & experience, and as mentioned above, putting together a plan of action to help you move forward- which also includes an effective job search strategy and preparing for interviews. And of course being a DISC qualified coach and a trainer, I can share with you the practical ways of managing your relationships and increasing your influence, using DISC.”
Where to begin! I’ve just spent a truly transformative 6 months working with Oliver from SEVEN. I was feeling really stuck when I started thinking about coaching. I had a seemingly great job, lots of friends, a supportive family but somehow I was feeling unfulfilled and anxious and wondering if this was it? I had an idea of what I wanted my life and work to feel like but I felt completely at a loss as to how to achieve it. After an incredibly inspiring telephone conversation with Evelyn from SEVEN she suggested Oliver as a coach and so it began. I had no idea how empowering it would be to have someone in my corner whose soul aim was to help me become the best possible version of myself and make those daydreams a reality. The amount of energy and enthusiasm that he injected into our sessions was infectious. He provided me with endlessly interesting and helpful resources and was brilliantly creative in his approach to our sessions. Oliver has helped me work out what I need in my life to make it feel fulfilling and exciting. He has also helped me to value my unique skills and strengths and to devise a strategy for using them more effectively at work and in my personal life. As a result of my work with Oliver I've restructured my work so that I can focus on what I love, I’ve negotiated a more flexible set up at work so I can travel more and I feel empowered and more confident in my personal relationships than I ever have before. Perhaps most importantly. I now feel like I’m in charge of my life and I can achieve the things that once thought were beyond my reach.
I can say with utmost confidence that Oliver from SEVEN has completely reinvigorated my career, helping to open up new opportunities for the future. He did this by helping me find the core of who I am and then use these skills to the best of my abilities.
When we first started working together, I felt completely off-course and didn’t know which way to turn in my career. Through a series of engaging and creative exercises we worked together to tackle the issues that were holding me back, clarify my career trajectory, focus my values and discover my leadership style.
In each session, Oliver always had an infectious, optimistic energy that helped make this such a rewarding experience for me and each time I felt energised to take the next steps in my journey. I’ve completed our time together with such a deep appreciation for what he does. My career has taken leaps and bounds, and I’m now armed with the techniques to help me grab each and every opportunity in a way that is most beneficial for me.
This is a well organized and helpful service. Marcie led me through an analysis of all my strengths, a visualisation of where I want to be, and gave me some great suggestions for improving my CV and interview skills to get there. I don't hesitate to recommend them!
I started coaching with SEVEN a few months ago and have found the experience extremely helpful. They paired me with the perfect coach, Jo, and not only do I feel more hopeful and energised after each session but I have also started taking active steps towards achieving my goals. Thank you for everything - money well spent! Jen
I really enjoyed working with Jo from Seven. I was looking for some help for increasing confidence and bringing passion to my working career and she was the appropriate person. The coaching process boosted my confidence with immediate results, allowing me to excel in presentations and formal conversations. I would definitely recommend her to anyone suffering from a true lack of confidence but willing to go forward with positive solutions.
Thanks a lot,