There’s still some stigma around career guidance, and on Work It DAILY, we wonder why.
What most people don’t realize is that most of the CEOs, professional athletes, and other high achievers they admire have received some form of career coaching at some point in their lives. This is not just a coincidence.
In fact, those who achieve career success rarely do it on their own. They have someone to guide them along the way, give them the tools to develop better habits and set ambitious but achievable career goals. So why are you still afraid to ask for help in your career?
You don’t need to know how to do everything yourself. You should not do this.
If you’re still biased against career guidance, here’s what you need to know…
School teaches us everything except how to get a job
We spend the first twenty years of our lives in school, preparing us for our future careers. We have teachers, professors and mentors. We try to learn as much as possible and develop as many skills as possible. But after graduation day, we suddenly lost the guidance we had grown accustomed to over the years.
To make matters worse, school taught us everything except how to be successful in business. It taught us everything except how to get the job.
From day one, we should know how to land our first job, grow our career, and ultimately achieve the career success we want. It’s a very harmful assumption and makes people who don’t live up to it feel like they’re not good enough. They have problems.
This is why career guidance should not be stigmatized. No one is born knowing the right and wrong ways to interview, change careers, or ask for a raise. You have the same career problems that thousands, if not millions, of other professionals have.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When it comes to not knowing how to grow your career, you’re really not alone.
“Working on” your career is not the same as “working on” it
One of the most dangerous things you can do as a professional is to only work in your career and not in your career. You can’t go to work every day, work hard, and think that’s enough.
Brutal truth: if your career isn’t growing, you’re dying.
Likewise, we are not told the importance of your personal brand, or the importance of ensuring you remain relevant by developing your skills and continually expanding your professional network.
But career coaches will tell you this. They’ll tell you exactly how to work in your career to make sure you don’t become irrelevant and slowly kill your career in the process.
Career coaching is not a sign of weakness
We can compare the stigma of career guidance to the stigma of mental illness.
There used to be an incredible The stigma surrounding mental illness, but now we realize that admitting we need help when we need it is a strength, not a weakness. No one should be ashamed of asking for help and getting the treatment they need to better themselves.
The same goes for career guidance.
Career guidance is not a sign of weakness. This is the path to greatness.
When our cause needs help, we should ask for it. no shame. Without hesitation. Nothing to ask.
The only way we can remove the stigma of career coaching is for people to realize how difficult it is to navigate our careers on our own.
The next time you’re having trouble with your career, remember that it’s okay to ask for help. You’ll be stronger — and better — for it.
At Work It DAILY, we believe the stigma of career coaching is disappearing, but not fast enough. Everyone should have access to career guidance. You deserve the same opportunities to grow your career, the same resources and support as CEOs, professional athletes and millionaires. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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