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Career Coaching

Yates, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9235-564X (2020). Career Coaching. In: Passmore, J. (Ed.), The Coaches' Handbook: The Complete Practitioner Guide for Professional Coaches. (pp. 280-290). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


Identifying the ideal route to a successful and fulfilling career has never been an easy task, and careers are more complicated now than ever. The first major challenge facing those trying to pinpoint and pursue their career goals is that there are simply too many career options to choose from. For example, the UK government now recognises 36,000 different job titles (Office of National Statistics, 2019), an impossible number to imagine, let alone research. The second issue concerns the trajectory of career paths, which are more fluid and less predictable than before, with job changes, redundancies, career breaks and self-employment more frequent and less socially stigmatised than they have been in the past. It is a challenging landscape to negotiate and it is no wonder so many people seek out career coaching to help make sure they are capitalising on the opportunities available and making the most of their skills and abilities. Many coaching sessions, whether under the banner of life coaching, or executive and workplace coaching, will touch on career choice and career development. Our careers are influenced by and impact on almost all aspects of life: leisure, family, performance, motivation, well-being and mental health, so career experiences and career decisions will be germane to many kinds of coaching conversations. Unfortunately, for the most part, the research into career choice and development lies outside the mainstream coaching literature, meaning that it is not always tailored to the needs of coaches, and sometimes can be difficult to access. Career coaches are of course not expected to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the current labour market, but for coaches who are regularly discussing career issues with their clients, it may be useful to understand a little more about the way that people make their career choices and the processes of career change.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge inThe Coaches' Handbook: The Complete Practitioner Guide for Professional Coaches to be available online:
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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