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First Job and Graduate Career Coaching 2020-08-05T08:21:16+00:00

First Job and Graduate Career Coaching

What job can I do with my degree?’ That is the number one question we hear from so many students.  Or, ‘I haven’t been to uni – what could I do?’

Before we get to solving that question it helps to take a step back.  Our career coaching programme covers:

1. Know who you are and what you want

The most important thing to finding a job and career path that’s right for you is understanding who you are

  • what motivates and interests you (and what doesn’t);
  • what your strengths and skills are (best to build on these) and
  • what you would really like this one precious life to look like .

Being clear on this helps release unstoppable energy and motivation so you can find a career that fits you.

As Steve Jobs said ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.’

2. Know what opportunities are out there

The workplace is un-recognisable from a generation ago and Covid is expediting the change.

Many of the companies transforming the world today didn’t even exist five or ten years ago.

More than 65% of the jobs that current school leavers will be working in by 2025 are yet to be created

Of the graduates who land a graduate level job, 50% of them quit within the first two years

Underemployment is the reality for more than half (51%) of those who graduated in the past two years.

Choosing the right environment and sectors that suit you can mean the difference between happiness and misery. After all, you’ll be spending much of your time at work.  Our career guidance helps you clarify:

  • the type of work, office culture and atmosphere, as well as the physical space that best suits you
  • what sectors, professions or industries most appeal – technical or creative, formal or informal – there are so many variants for you to chose . For a great overview see https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

3. Build your personal brand and find a great job

We help you with all the practical tools you need to market yourself to find a great job including:

  • where and how to look for those perfect roles
  • how to write a standout CV and LinkedIn profile
  • delivering a convincing elevator pitch
  • networking opportunities
  • confident interview skills

How long is a career coaching session?

The programme is normally comprised of 3 x 90 – 120-minute sessions over a period of six weeks with a degree of homework to complete between sessions.  Your coach is also available to you between sessions for email and telephone support

As Albert Shweitzer said  “Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”    Our Forward Career Coaches are here for you.

‘Recommending seeing you is the best thing my father’s done in a long time!’

First Job and Graduate Career Coaching FAQs

Do  I need a career coach?

Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which  path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.

If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.

However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.

What are the benefits of career coaching?

A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals.  We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.

A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.

What can you expect from a career coach?

In addition  to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including  confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.

A career coach will help you define  your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.

What is the difference between a life and a career coach?

A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.

Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.

A coach helps you achieve the best you.

What are the different types of coaching styles

The style will depend on what you the client want to achieve and you preferred style.  Some people like a challenging and stretching style; others a more supportive and encouraging style.  The free consultation with Catherine our Director of Client Relations will help you choose which coach is right for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Meet your coaches

FAQ

What are the different types of coaching styles 2020-07-22T10:01:05+00:00

The style will depend on what you the client want to achieve and your preferred style.  Some people like a challenging and stretching style; others a more supportive and encouraging style.  The free consultation with Catherine our Director of Client Relations will help you choose which coach is right for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

What is the difference between a life and a career coach? 2020-07-22T10:00:29+00:00

A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.

Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.

A coach helps you achieve the best you.

What can you expect from a career coach? 2020-07-22T09:59:11+00:00

In addition  to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including  confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.

A career coach will help you define  your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.

What are the benefits of career coaching? 2020-07-22T09:58:44+00:00

A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals.  We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.

A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.

Do I need a career coach? 2020-07-22T09:58:09+00:00

Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which  path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.

If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.

However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.

Working with Forward helps others! 2019-11-12T12:02:03+00:00

When you invest in your future with Forward you’re also making great things happen in the world.  Forward is a member of B1G1—Business for Good

Why 18-30? 2019-11-12T12:02:15+00:00

18 – 30 is a guideline.  We do work with younger people still in education perhaps struggling with exam pressures, general anxiety and other challenges and we do work with people older than 30.  However, we have found that people 30s+ have different challenges, best served by our sister company Rutbusters www.rutbusters.org

Why Forward? 2019-11-12T12:02:20+00:00
  1. We have an outstanding track record of delivering results
  2. We are experts on the challenges and opportunities experienced by 18-30-year olds
  3. We’re great value for money
  4. We have coaches to suit every individual.
  5. We use proven world-class tools to help you achieve your goals
  6. Our extensive networks help you explore career paths and get to talk to professionals in their fields so you can learn about what working in different sectors and industries really looks like
Does Forward help with job finding? 2019-11-12T12:02:25+00:00

Our job shadowing service offers you the opportunity to talk to and shadow experts and explore career routes (building up your knowledge of industries and developing networks) before taking a plunge into employment or a new career path. No one can guarantee you a job, but this is one of the best ways to land one.

What are the benefits of working with Forward? 2019-11-12T12:02:29+00:00

Our Forward coaches help you find a clear path to the life you want most.

We help you increase your self-awareness – of your strengths so you can maximise them and your weaknesses so you can address them.  Self-awareness is one of the most sought-after skills of today’s employers.

Our Forward coaches help you build confidence and support you to develop key skills.

Your Forward coach is your trusted partner who helps expand your thinking and gain perspective and clarity about your objectives.  Your coach is non-judgemental and has no agenda other than to help you be the best you can be.

Elite athletes, singers and top executives all have coaches to help them achieve and maintain their peak performance.  Isn’t it time you had one too?

How much does it cost? 2020-06-05T11:05:22+00:00

All our programmes are designed around your personal needs, your goals and the challenges you wish to overcome. We match your requirements to the expert member(s) of our team to get you the right support – whether it is career direction, confidence building, personal branding or interview preparation – and work around your diary.

Each session is typically between one and two hours, but the length depends on the nature and range of the discussion. Sessions are supported with email and texts and homework is often given to make maximum progress.

An initial one to one coaching session, lasting 90-120 minutes, starts at £250. Subsequent sessions cost from £150. In most cases our clients invest between £250 – £550 in a coaching programme tailored to their specific needs.

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