‘Lean in’ With a Career Coach

August 03, 2015

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Since they first entered the workforce, women have traditionally walked a fine line between family life and the business world. Over the last several decades, determined and hardworking women have overcome barriers to rise up and shatter glass ceilings in nearly every industry. These hard-fought battles often came at the expense of a fulfilling personal and family life.

While there is still work to be done — women are still underrepresented in many industries — there are trailblazing women with strong professional experience who are able and willing to help other women navigate the pitfalls of the modern workplace. An advisor can help a less experienced professional identify genuine opportunities to succeed in her career while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It is possible to be a mother, wife, sister, and friend while working to progress steadily up the company ranks. In the words of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, women can heed the call to action by “leaning in” and taking charge of their careers. Part of this is asking for help in doing so.

Strike the Right Balance
A career coach’s role is to help you identify and access the opportunities for advancement in your company and your industry, while at the same time helping you maintain a healthy work-life balance. With the economy growing, opportunities are emerging every day. By hiring a career coach — someone who has helped many women address these very same issues— you can avoid the most common mistakes and roadblocks that derail the progress of individuals with less experience.

“Lean in” for a Better View
Pamela Weinberg, an experienced career coach dedicated to helping women succeed, was recently interviewed regarding her practice. She says one of the most frequent questions posed to her is, “Is there a ‘golden rule’ that you share with women regarding job satisfaction?”

Her answer cuts straight to what a career advisor will help a client discover: the right perspective needed to fully appreciate the opportunities that are available.

“I tell women to look at the long view,” says Weinberg. “Don’t think about whether you did a good job today with balance — but look at it over a week or a month.”

Find a Purpose
According to veteran career coach Ariane Hunter, one of the greatest challenges facing professional women is finding a sense of purpose in their work.

“The career frustrations I hear most often from women are that they want to feel more connected to a sense of purpose within their career,” she says.

By engaging someone to help you better understand the value of your work, it’s possible to gain improved insight into the significance of your role in a company. A career coach with experience working with women who run the gamut from early career to C-level executives can help you maintain the appropriate perspective on your role and your efforts.

“Lean in” to the opportunities and discover how advancing your career can improve both your professional and family life simultaneously.

Glenn Laumeister is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.

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