Why should you consider career coaching?
Picture this: Sometimes we’ll hit a roadblock or detour through a lay-off, rough career patch, or major life change. The paychecks may be adding up, but our mental health isn’t.
Stress piles up, and motivation dies down. How can we overcome these emotion and gain control of the situation?
Other times, burnout sneaks in like a truck, as we find ourselves passed out, exhausted.
Many questions can arise:
Where did my sense of direction or purpose go? What can I do right now? How can I explore potential career options without wasting time? How do I combine my wide range of skills?
The job you seek isn’t out there in some job description, it’s already inside you, acting to get out.– John Tarnoff, Career Satisfaction Author
Career coaching is for everyone: students looking for career direction, professionals who need a change, senior-level managers on the brink of retirement.
People who want to better understand their unique values, motivators, and strengths. In a nutshell: anyone who values self-reflection and discovery!
It’s more than a checklist or a series of steps to follow through to get to an “end destination” or career milestone. It’s a lifelong process—and an ongoing, ever-evolving relationship with yourself.
Without further ado, here’s how I can help you:
Lily Yuan’s career coaching services:
- Strong Interest Inventory®
- RIASEC hexagon
- Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), Conventional (C)
- Assessments specifically catered to students
- Extended DISC® profiling
- Communication styles: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), Compliance (C)
- Combinations of the four styles (there are 720 possible!)
- Personal, Team, or Work Pair Analysis
- Ikigai philosophy
- What you love (interests)
- What you are good at (strengths)
- What you can be paid for (market demand)
- What the world needs (philanthropy)
I strongly recommend using both tried-and-tested inventories (i.e. Strong Interest Inventory® and Extended DISC®) as they provide different (and jargon-free!) perspectives to an individual’s identity and personality.
Ikigai is unique as it’s an overarching, self-development framework that meshes well with the two inventories above. It has helped me tremendously over the years, and I’m confident it’s got the right mindset to incorporate into career coaching!
Both assessments are user-friendly and take around 30–40 minutes each to complete. Need translation help? Get in touch and we can figure out how to help you understand the assessments.
Through a combination of video/audio calls, written self-reflection activities, and ongoing communication, we can work together to guide your career satisfaction to the next level (and perhaps discover new parts of yourself).
Together, you can boost your natural strengths and interests to new heights. Successfully overcome blurriness, procrastination, and the impostor syndrome. Hone your strengths and work on your weaknesses with confidence.
Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching, I’ve learned from making mistakes.– Rick Pitino, American Basketball Coach
Here are some coaching testimonials from previous clients who have seen stellar results with their career journeys.
You have the option to communicate in the way you like—email, text, video call, or even in-person if you’re located in Toronto! (Psst…I know where the good coffee shops are.)
Why Did I Become a Career Coach?
A little storytime: when I was in high school, people ran to me (I was baffled by why) at the end of senior year to ask where they should attend post-secondary school and what program.
I didn’t know it at the time—but I could somehow foresee where they’d excel and be happiest.
And I was right. Every time.
Then I thought, hey, why limit myself to only classmates and people I know? After, I stumbled upon career coaching. And everything just clicked. Now, I get to help people all around the world.
Ready to elevate your personality and career?
Shoot me a message and book a call today!
Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.– Confucious, Chinese Philosopher & Politician
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