step-up career coaching faq

Q:

Should I try to get promoted in my current organization or should I leave and look for the role and level I am seeking in a new organization?

A:

There is no simple answer to this question. Knowing when to stay or when to go is combination of fact, emotion and intuition. When you leave and go to a new organization, you need to learn the culture and build credibility all over again. However, if you are at one company for a long time, perceptions build up which could block promotional opportunities. In order to make a decision, some of the questions to ask yourself are:

  • Can I achieve my career goals in my current organization?
  • Has my organization demonstrated they support me by offering developmental assignments, or a mentor, or a coach?
  • Am I getting good performance reviews?
  • Am I still learning?
  • Do I enjoy the culture?
  • Do I like my colleagues?
  • Is the business profitable and able to sustain itself over the years?
  • What is my motivation for looking elsewhere?

Q:

What are some of the subjective elements that go into being selected for a promotion?

A:

Being “top of mind” by developing a powerful “brand.” Brand awareness is not a list of accomplishments, but it is what makes you memorable. People enjoy being around people they like. Emotional maturity (EQ) is important.

Q:

Why do I need a career coach when I can get opinions from friends and family?

A:

A career coach is neutral and will provide you with realistic, unbiased advice. A career coach will keep you focused on your goals, help you understand if they are attainable and guide you to develop action plans and timelines for achieving your goals. A career coach provides a sense of empowerment. You are proactive, not passive in advancing your career.