Everyone could benefit from seeing themselves from a different perspective. Our beliefs, our blind-spots, and our self-imposed limitations are all too often barriers to becoming who we’re really meant to be.
This is especially true of professionals entering a new phase of their career or students entering a new course of study. The inner critic rears its ugly head; competition reigns; self-care plummets. Mostly, we feel alone in our fight to excel, to map out our career path, and to find some semblance of balance in our lives.
Having access to a personal coach could really change the equation. Someone to guide us through the process of self-discovery and self-management. Someone to help us identify what’s getting in our way and create a plan of action to move through it. Someone to encourage us to stay healthy in mind, heart and body.
By working with a coach, you get a personalized development plan to engage in over the long-term. You have regular sessions with your coach to review your progress and course-correct as needed. And most importantly, you have a completely confidential resource outside of your immediate circles to help you make the most out of every experience.
This is not therapy. This is not career counseling. A coach is a partner in getting to the next level in all aspects of life. The hard work is yours to do, but a coach can help show the way.
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I am falling in love with UX Design and would love to have a mentor to show me the road and guide me throughout the process of learning and acquiring new skills. But it is difficult to find a person with enough experience and willingness to mentor.
Whitney Hess says
Chris, where are you looking? What events or conferences have you attended? What associations or meetups have you joined? Have you seen the IAI mentorship program? http://iainstitute.org/en/members/mentoring/mentoring_program.php
I haven’t look for a mentor in UX design yet but I spent some time looking for a mentor when I was starting my current career which is Network & Systems Administration. At that time I didn’t have any luck and made a lot of mistakes. I guess I need to give it a second chance.