Having worked for more than a decade, you’ve probably already been in and out of a few companies and maybe even through a major career change, mostly because you had no other choice but to trust your instincts. Some risks paid off, others didn't—the question is, what should you have done differently?
Improvisation is great but only until a certain point, but eventually, you’ll find yourself needing guidance. This is where a mentor steps in, in the form of a manager, a long-time industry figure, or a career coach.
Malou Treñas-Del Castillo works as the latter. A career coach, licensed psychologist, workshop facilitator, and speaker, she offers clear and concise advice on how you can find the right path for you.
“In career coaching, we figure out what you do best and what’s the best environment for you, and help you figure out how to go after it,” she explains. “I deal with people who are a little bit unsure of how to go forward with their career. Maybe they’re feeling a little stuck and they want to achieve certain things—whether to get promoted, move jobs, learn something new, or get more rewards. Or sometimes they want to change careers but they’re not sure what it is they want to do.”
While the concept may seem simple, it’s anything but—just remember how many times you’ve asked yourself if you’re actually making the right job decision. “Career coaching helps a person find out what he can do best, and how he can find the best fitting job where he will be happy, flourish, and find financial rewards.”
Malou has recently launched a book called The Career Roadmap, which gives detailed and easy-to-understand tips that you can use wherever point you are at your career. FemaleNetwork.com was able to get the opportunity to ask her a few questions that most women on our Girltalk forums have been wondering about, so if you feel that you’re stuck in a job that you’re already unsure of, her answers can hopefully help you out:
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