Desperate for a career change; Need to find a good Career coach

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starfish5 in Bowling Green, Kentucky

8 months ago

I've been working many years as a web designer. I have education in Electrical engineering (BS, MS and a certificate in Embedded Electrical engg). Its my fault that I've worked for so long outside my field (underemployed) so that doesn't help my resume. Now I'm trying to change jobs and get back into the Electrical engg/CS field. The job market is competitive as usual and I feel its going to be very tough. I've been applying some and haven't been getting any responses but I'll continue applying. I paid $300 to someone to improve my resume which they did a good job of.

Since I dont have work experience that most jobs require I feel I have to do as much as I can. I need all the help I can get. I can afford to spend money and I'm very desperate to change jobs. I will pay for anything if there's even a slight benefit so that's not a problem. I have to move out of my apartment complex after about five months (rental unit will be bought out) so that's the deadline I've given myself so I don't have to move twice.

So I'm looking for a career coach who has experience and that too, in Electrical engineering and they can help me with my job hunt and guide me on what to do next (just like we can have a fitness coach). The problem is finding coaches who have experience and can successfully help me find a job. I've seen some websites and people can sell themselves for anything but its not reliable and I don't want to waste time and money.

I appreciate any suggestions on how to find a good career coach or if you have any recommendations (or any other suggestions) let me know.

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Endoftheworld in Wallingford, Connecticut

8 months ago

In my 20's and early 30's I saw several Career and Life Coaches who were a waste of $. Only one of them seemed truly sincere, that was the only one who was actually a licensed counselor, the others where just people likely such as myself who cannot get a job so they took to coaching and advising others. i would definitely check for credentials and not take someone's website with glowing reports by anon. people with no full name to be for real. Some of these people were real doozies and coulda milked someone for hundreds of dollars. What I would do if i were interested in someone is to ask to speak with some former clients tho they likely won't allow it due to confidentiality practices.
In CT I believe you don't have to be licensed to call yourself a Career Coach unlike a therapist who does. The thing about these people are, they are very personable and most offer reduced 1st. time consultation and they seem to be really good because they are good talkers.
Another option is to see a psychotherapist to discuss career goals and if they can't help maybe they can refer you to someone qualified to do that.
Also I went to the Career Counseling office at my University numerous times, they were vaguely helpful but giving me the "well everyone eventually finds their niche" speech which is NOT true, I graduated over 20 yrs. ago and have not found mine...I believe paid alumni members can still use the Career Center to help them find jobs but not sure if counseling is avail as well.

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Beth in Plano in Plano, Texas

8 months ago

Starfish,

Did you do an EE internship during college ?

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starfish5 in ----, Kentucky

8 months ago

Hi Endoftheworld, you're right those are all the reasons why I feel I cant depend on anyone online calling themselves a career coach. I will check with my university's Alumni center to ask if they can recommend any coaches. I will also ask my previous professors if they can recommend anyone and maybe I'll see if they could give me any advice but I need someone who works with me on an on-going basis like a fitness coach. I really don't know, I hope I can find someone. I'm in bad shape so I need all the help I can get.

Hawkeye81, thank you! Thats kind of you. I will send you an email.

Beth, no, sadly I did not do an internship. That would have helped. I was doing courses in the summer and I guess I made a mistake of not planning for an internship. It might have gotten me on the right track at that point. I ignored it because my friends were getting multiple job offers at the time and I should have tried harder.

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Almost Suicidal in San Antonio, Texas

8 months ago

How many years have you been working outside your field? What about visiting the university as if you were going to apply to a graduate program, and discuss what you might study and what you might do, and then retrain yourself?

Couldn't hurt.

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starfish5 in ----, Kentucky

8 months ago

About eight years. I already have two graduate degrees (BSEE, MSEE, MBA) and a certificate. I have these but I feel its not helping me because I dont have a good record. I wouldn't want to start school again, I'm getting old and I'm really done with school. I could do short certificates and so on but I thought the certificate I did last year would be good enough. Time is passing by and I'm getting desperate, I really need to start an engineering job. If people with bachelors can do it, theoretically I should be able to get them too. I just dont know what to do, if my resume needs further fixing up, if I need to approach and do things differently and so on. That's why I need a coach. I need that guidance.

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Candace Barr Strategic Resume Specialist in Birmingham, Alabama

8 months ago

Starfish5 - I don't do career coaching anymore, I stick to resume writing. However, I spent many years in retained executive search, and can recommend a good coach for you (that is worth every penny!)

However, career coaching (or should I say QUALITY career coaching) is not cheap. Have you tried having a professional look at your resume and give you some feedback? It is not uncommon for people to be working outside of their degree, and while I seriously hesitate to recommend a functional resume, that might work well for you. In any case, you have some strong skills, and I guarantee there are aspects of your current field that tie in, it's all about spin. I would start by having someone look over your documents, you should not have trouble getting an engineering job. Best of luck!

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starfish5 in ----, Kentucky

8 months ago

hi Candace, thanks. I did have my resume done professionally and they did a great job. They really made it the best it could be (considering what I have done). I was actually surprised at what they were able to do. My brother had it from another company but they did not do a good job so I'm thankful I was able to find the service I did. I'm sure you also do a great job yourself.
I still think I need another look at the resume because the person wasn't an engineer so I might need to fine tune and put in some minor edits. The coach might be able to do that for me, so I had thought I would like to find a coach that has experience/background/familiarity with Electrical/computer engineering so they'll know the ins and outs and what I need to do.
Like some people say they have trouble selling themselves and I'm one of them. Also I'm not experienced/knowledgeable enough so I know I have a challenge to deal with (so I'm trying to find an entry level job).

Yea sure recommend that coach and I'll check them out. The problem is (as others have said) gaining trust and finding someone who really helps and simply doesn't only put a dent in my wallet. In the end I'll end up choosing someone and spend some money. Yea I'm willing to spend whatever money I need to spend. I've heard of an upper limit of $2500 over a few months and that's not a problem -- if they know what they're doing, have had past successes in cases like me and can help me get a job.

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Hawkeye81 in Fort Myers, Florida

8 months ago

Starfish,

Before you go spending your hard earned money, send me your e-mail for my free book offer, (Or if you want to contribute to my coffers buy the book on Amazon) so you can learn how to make the best and most profitable investment in you to actually get your ideal career.

You would be surprised at how many people have been and are in a very similar state of confusion, and mixed motivations, with such feelings of being stuck and frustrations. I and hundreds of thousands of people have been in your shoes. Getting the clarity you want and taking the steps that will get you the new career you want are easier to perform than it appears. But the path is different than you are accustomed to.

Hawkeye81

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starfish5 in ----, Kentucky

8 months ago

hi Hawkeye, I did send an email through your site and I'll take a quick look at it but thats all I can do. I dont want to spend a lot of time reading books right now. I just want to find a good career coach. I'm thinking that can be done without reading books. The maximum I can do is read an article and so on, thats reasonable but not a book.

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Hawkeye81 in Fort Myers, Florida

8 months ago

Regarding your goal of "I just want to find a good career coach."

We have approximately 120 worldwide coaches who were rigorously screened out of over 2,850 coaches that applied. Our guarantee is that you will connect with the career coach you feel is ideal for you or we return your money.

I was trying not to share the above, but I had to respond to your very clear objective.

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starfish5 in ----, Kentucky

8 months ago

Thanks! I see. I've bookmarked the site and saved your quote and I'll check it out.

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KyleO in Delano, Minnesota

8 months ago

Well, I think the sight mindtools.com could help it is free. Under decision making they offer many models but here is one that fits.

Step 1
List all of your options as the row labels on the table, and list the factors that you need to consider as the column headings.

For example, if you were buying a new laptop computer, factors to consider might be cost, dimensions, and hard disk size.

Step 2
Next, work your way down the columns of your table, scoring each option for each of the factors in your decision. Score each option from 0 (poor) to 5 (very good). Note that you do not have to have a different score for each option – if none of them are good for a particular factor in your decision, then all options should score 0.

Step 3
The next step is to work out the relative importance of the factors in your decision. Show these as numbers from, say, 0 to 5, where 0 means that the factor is absolutely unimportant in the final decision, and 5 means that it is very important.

Step 4
Now multiply each of your scores from step 2 by the values for relative importance of the factor that you calculated in step 3

Step 5
Finally, add up these weighted scores for each of your options. The option that scores the highest wins!

Sounds hard until you see the easy examples. Free, smart and highly rated.

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