Q: I’ve been using a coach once a week for a month to help me decide what I want to do and develop a campaign. When we started, I thought we’d be further along by now.
She’s given me some assessments, which boil down to simple tests that aren’t really helpful, although at least they’re not pointing me in the direction of a stylist! After I get home from a meeting, I wonder exactly what we spent the hour on. At $100 per hour, this seems to be dragging on. I can afford it, but I really don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth.
A: The fee you’re paying isn’t at all unreasonable, but I’m concerned that your coach doesn’t seem to have identified a timetable for you. It also sounds as if you’re not taking notes, which means you have no record of what you discussed.
Open your next session by telling your coach what you’ve just told me. Pin her down for a schedule. Take notes so you can review them afterward.
If you discover little substance in your notes and/or if your schedule continues to expand, find another coach.
Q: I’ve been working in a company with fewer than 50 employees. Because we’re small, everyone covers a variety of tasks. When I first started here, I was a young grad and really didn’t know what I wanted to do. This experience has helped me understand what I really like to do.
It’s surprising to me that I’ve come up with a single department where I’d like to work, but that department isn’t large enough here for me to get promoted into a full-time job. Because I’ve been doing a variety of things, I don’t have a lot to sell in this area for my next job. How can I make a transition?
A: Hunt for projects similar to those where you want to go. If opportunities are limited, get involved in one excellent outside activity where you can volunteer to do those things. As you gain more experience, you’ll be able to make less of what you’ve been doing, especially the activities that bear no relevance to your new work.
Just don’t dismiss all of your unrelated experience. Your other accomplishments may make you stand out against the competition.
(Dr. Mildred Culp welcomes your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2013 Passage Media. The opinions are solely those of the writer.)