So you have decided that you need to take your career to the next level.
You are no longer satisfied with you career plateau and you want to get more responsibility, opportunity and money.
How do you do that?
Hire a career coach.
You don’t want to pay for that?
Fine! Get your company to pay
If you wanted to get a job related certification your firm would pay for it.
If you wanted a masters they probably would pay as well, so why not coaching?
Below are 5 steps that you need to take to get your company to sponsor your coaching investment:
- Identify what areas of professional improvement you will be working on and how it will benefit your firm and your manager
- Do your research: does your firm offer any internal coaching to employees on your level? Do they hire external coaches for executives?
- Find a coach: don’t wait to get approval to start looking for a coach – Have someone specific in mind and know their pricing – $250-500 per hour is a lot to you but it might not be a big deal to your firm so the conversation to get approval might be very easy.
- Share the wealth – let your manager know that if the firm hires the coach for several employers than there is an opportunity to receive a better rate and more employees will benefit. As a coach I always offer value packages if I am working with more than one employee at a firm.
- Don’t be ashamed that you want to improve. This one really bugs me. There seems to be a major stigma about coaching. The thinking is that if you hire a coach you are failing. As I coach I can honestly tell you that my clients are some of the brightest, most ambitious, competitive, and success people I have ever met. They are working with me to get better and move farther faster. They are the ones that will get ahead. So my point is this, if you are asking for your firm to pay for your coach make sure your request comes from a place of strength. Communicate to them the value to the firm and to you. And don’t forget to ask more than once.
Persistence is a pain but pays off!