If you want to advance your career, there’s only so much you can do alone. Professional development involves training from experts, ongoing education, mentorship, and career coaching.
We already begin to see the value of mentoring and coaching early on, at the undergraduate level or in high school. As we progress in our careers, professional guidance becomes more valuable than ever.
Many people confuse professional coaching and mentoring, seeing them as essentially the same thing. However, these are actually quite different, though each is equally valuable in helping you to build a successful career.
Why Career Coaching is Valuable
Remember when you were in high school and your guidance counsellor helped you define your career direction, draft the perfect resume, and craft a cover letter for the first time? A career coach is kind of like this for working professionals, helping you develop career goals and work out how you can get there.
A good career coach also acts as an accountability partner to keep you on track to meet your career goals. These experts most often work with people looking to make a move in their career or transition to a new sector.
They have a deep knowledge of how to shift careers and what personal and professional attributes best match a particular job. Career coaches are skilled in aligning the skills and passions of individuals with what they are best suited to do.
Why Having Mentors is Important
Coaches and mentors help in different ways, but both have the overall goal to help you to advance your career. Unlike career coaches who don’t necessarily have a background in your field but rather provide more general advice, a mentor is typically a successful professional in your industry, or the sector that you want to work in.
They can use their experience to give you career advice specific to your industry, offer valuable perspectives on the issues you’re facing in the workplace, and provide constructive feedback.
A good mentor will also leverage their connections to help you build your network and find new opportunities. While you normally contract the services of a professional coach at certain pivotal points in your career, you will build lasting relationships with your mentors which can last for decades.
At EDHEC, participants in each online programs benefit from a tailored online coaching and mentoring system.