Coaching in Berlin
Career coaching for the professional path of life
The professional career is a place of self-realization. Many people are taking the shaping of their career more and more actively into their own hands. Where do I actually want to go professionally, how do I get there, what do I need and what is holding me back? These fundamental questions arise again and again, from concrete career steps (such as an application) to the general question of purpose and values. When shaping your own career, it is all about becoming aware of your perspectives and goals and finding or creating a suitable environment for them. Whoever feels professionally balanced, inspired, challenged and confirmed in his or her career, feels a much higher level of satisfaction in life. The choice of a supportive working environment and, above all, the opportunities to develop one’s own potential can be actively shaped. Employers also have an interest in the career development of their employees: increased satisfaction with one’s own career situation and development opportunities increases motivation in everyday work, contributes to productivity and fewer absences from work. Nevertheless, according to a population-wide survey from 2019, one in two employees is dissatisfied with working conditions (source: ManpowerGroup Germany, 2019).
How successful and effective you are (and feel) in your professional environment strongly correlates with a person’s overall self-esteem. Professional success and satisfaction strengthen a good feeling about yourself; and the feeling of self-confidence and self-efficacy promotes professional success and job satisfaction. Job satisfaction is associated with better quality of life and general life satisfaction. Decisive factors for professional success can be remuneration and recognition, but also one’s own feeling of self-efficacy and meaningfulness. These factors can change depending on the stage of life and career. At the beginning of the career, for example, the focus may be on promotion, salary increases and the assumption of management responsibility. After several years in a company or industry, many successful people report that they would like a reorientation or a new challenge. A transition to self-employment, foundation of a start-up, a second educational path or a change from academia to business – many ideas come to mind.
On the professional career path there are many decisions and perspectives, open doors, potentials and also stumbling blocks. Since there is now much more fluctuation and changes in professional careers over the course of a lifetime, active and conscious planning has become all the more important. Career questions usually concern much more than just the interests of an employed person, the daily work routine and earning money. Questions of meaning, passion, desires, goals and values become apparent in professional careers.
Professional development requires a balanced “feeding ground”. An individual balance between appropriate challenge and sufficient security must be found: if the challenge is too great, the stress level increases, feelings of pressure and anxiety impair the ability to work and lower self-esteem. A lack of challenges and goals can also lead to emotional stress, paralyzing underchallenge and boredom. If inner prerequisites and external requirements are in harmony, a balance is created for intrinsic motivation.
Career coaching at dynaMIND
How does career coaching in Berlin work?
Career coaching starts at the point in your career where you are currently at. Many of our clients at dynaMIND in Berlin-Mitte take advantage of career coaching at a time when they are facing a new challenge – or when this challenge is missing. Some people come to us with concrete concerns: how can I achieve this goal? How can I develop skills to achieve it? Other clients are looking for the very goal for which they want to devote energy, this goal will be worked out together.
Common topics are:
- questions of professional (re)orientation
- development of perspectives
new career steps: challenges in new areas of competence, leadership responsibility, work organisation, stress management
- professional yes/no questions: which path do I want to take? Does a change make sense?
- steps on the way to self-employment: founder coaching
- actively shaping transitions: e.g. from junior to senior, promotions, start-ups, transition to self-employment, transition to retirement
- feelings of stagnation, search for new inspiration
In addition to working on the practical implementation of career steps, it often quickly becomes clear that this also involves fundamental questions: what drives me? What fulfils me, what do I want, what can I do? Many clients find that self-reflection methods help them to better perceive themselves and their own desires and to develop constructive plans and ideas. It is important to be able to recognize, assess and use one’s own potential and personality style.
What do I learn in career coaching?
In a career coaching your possibilities for self-reflection are expanded. Through an accompanied examination of your own wishes, goals and perspectives, you learn to take a new look at yourself and your professional path. Those who recognize and understand themselves better will have a wider scope of action. This enables you to use your own resources more effectively in the right place, to create a working environment that promotes your skills and abilities.
Topics of a career coaching can be:
- personality profile: getting to know yourself better and using your potential in the right way
- using knowledge and skills in the right place
- leadership qualities, find out strengths
- identify and use funding opportunities
- emotional competence: beyond the expert knowledge
- work relationships: dealing with conflicts
- decision-making competence: making decisions consciously, taking feelings into account
- balance between private and professional life
Depending on the starting point, the current circumstances and the history of development are taken into account. In order to understand what is important today and what motivates, personal biography can also serve as a starting point. For example, performance orientation and dealing with authorities can be put into context with family history.
Reasons for career coaching?
Many managers decide to take advantage of career coaching when they want to redefine themselves. At very different points, even successful people find themselves in situations where they decide for or against a job and develop new steps from this. Further training, retraining, second career paths and lifelong learning have long been part of everyday life in the business world. In the process of finding or reinventing one’s own career path, career coaching can provide targeted and sustainable support. Employers promote career coaching for employees who they want to keep in their company. It can also serve as an instrument to bind high potentials to the company in the long term or to prepare managers.
A professional career coaching is particularly suitable for questions such as:
- dissatisfaction with the status quo
- to review, focus or realign your own goals
- for upcoming development steps
- career entry, retraining, reorientation
- for fundamental professional questions: what do I actually want? What do I like? Where can I develop my potential well/better?
- for people who have already achieved many goals and want to redefine goals
- questions of work-life-balance
M.Sc. Psychologin Julia Perlinger