Getting started in a career can be one of the most challenging periods. Whether looking for your first job, getting work experience while in education, or taking the first steps early in your career, you might feel like you are walking in a landscape that is strange, daunting and sometimes even threatening.
First, there is the decision about what it is that you want to do. Will you go for the first job that offers you an income, or take time to develop the skills for something more long-term? From the thousands of careers on offer, which are really of any interest? And how can you make a decision that is right for you, but also fits in with what family and friends are suggesting?
Even when that is all sorted, the first days in a new company can be a real struggle. There are few short cuts to understanding the rules and of norms of work, and the expectations of those around you.
A coach can help you negotiate your way through this unfamiliar territory. This might involve practical help in making a career decision, or discussion about writing your CV or how to approach a job interview. But coaching also offers the opportunity to review your hopes and fears in the early days of your career, and for an open chat about any worries or concerns you might have in a new role.