Creating a career development coaching program with the toolkit
The coaching ourselves career catalyst toolkit can be used to build a curriculum for a group career coaching program.
Here are some tips to help you plan and execute a successful program using the resources:
Define the goals and objectives:
Before you start planning your program, it's important to define the goals and objectives of the group coaching program. Consider the needs and aspirations of your participants, and craft a clear and measurable goal for the program.
Create a curriculum and set a schedule: Once you have defined your goals and objectives, look at the available sessions and create a curriculum that will guide your participants through the program. Determine the frequency and duration of your group coaching sessions. Consider the availability and schedules of your participants and aim to hold sessions at regular intervals throughout the time you have selected.
Build a community: Foster a sense of community among group members by creating opportunities for them to connect with one another outside of the group coaching sessions. Consider creating a private online group where participants can share resources and support one another or a buddy scheme.
Track progress: If you need to record evidence about the impact of the coaching program use metrics and assessments to track the progress of your participants throughout the program. This will also help you to make any necessary adjustments to the curriculum or approach.
Encouraging group members to track their own progress helps them to stay accountable and motivated, you can do this by implementing check-ins:
- Establish a routine: Create a routine for the check-ins. For example, start with a brief update on actions from each member, followed by a discussion of any challenges or obstacles they encountered, and end with a plan for the next steps.
- Use a tracking system: Implement a tracking system to document progress. This could be a simple spreadsheet or a more sophisticated project management tool.
- Celebrate successes: Acknowledge and celebrate successes, no matter how small. This helps to maintain motivation and encourages members to continue making progress.
- Hold each other accountable: Encourage members to hold each other accountable for their commitments. If someone falls behind, the group can offer support and help get them back on track.
By following these tips, you can facilitate a group career coaching activity that is engaging, effective, and helps your participants achieve their career goals over the course of a year. Of course, you can run a shorter or longer program, each of the resources is designed to stand alone, so you can dip in and out of whichever topics are relevant to your group of participants.