If you’re looking to take that next big step in your career, but aren’t sure how to do it, maybe it’s time to find a career coach. Rich Hein of CIO.com explains the different between a coach and a mentor, and why you need one versus the other. A mentor usually works for the same company as you, and while this can include excellent insight into your new employer, it doesn’t offer the same sense of confidentiality that a coach does.
A coach is meant to be a confidant, not someone who just teaches skills, but someone who helps individuals find their place in the world of IT. Moving up the IT ladder doesn’t have to mean management, and dissatisfaction with a certain job doesn’t have to mean looking for a new one. A career coach is there to guide the IT professional whether they are facing recent unemployment or just a hiccup of unhappiness. If you are looking for clarity in your role, confidence in your position, or just someone who will help you reach goals more consistently, and IT career coach is a great place to start.