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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

Whether you are about to begin your engineering career or are an established engineering professional, do you know the next step you need to take in your career advancement?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the term coaching as it relates to sports. The coach works with the athlete and hones their skills to reach maximum potential. Sometimes it’s done through repetitive drills and reinforced communication. For the past 20+ years, people have also utilized coaches in other areas of their life such as education, career and business.

So you’re probably asking yourself, “What exactly is coaching?” In “The Way to Coach,” Andrew Neitlich describes it as follows, “Coaching is an efficient, high-impact process of dialogue that helps high performing people improve results in ways that are sustained over time.”

In other words, coaches assist clients to focus on specific tasks or objectives that allow them to advance toward their goals. These can include career transitions, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organizational effectiveness, dealing effectively with conflict and building an effective team within an organization. During the coaching process, a coach uses a range of communication skills (e.g., listening, questioning, clarifying, etc.) to assist clients to shift their perspectives. As a result, clients discover different approaches to achieve their goals.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is assisting students with their career paths. Several months ago, I was given an opportunity to enhance my skills to assist students in a new way.  I’ve been taking an online executive coaching course through the Center for Executive Coaching and will be earning my executive coach certification within the next couple of months. I have the tools needed to assist you in the advancement of your career goals.

You may already have some ideas as to what you would like assistance with, which is great. If you’re not sure of where to start the coaching process, here are some areas/topics to consider:

  • Behavioral coaching
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Perceptual coaching
  • Foster collaboration
  • Comprehensive thinking
  • Taking care of personal realms
  • Personal branding
  • Success in a new role
  • Time management
  • Management/leadership

In upcoming blogs, I will share more detail on these topics.

If you would like additional information about coaching or would like to begin the process, please schedule an appointment with me through Handshake.

Please take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to assisting you with the next step of your career advancement.

Betty Boza is a career development specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including resume preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.