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Essential Career Transition Coaching Skills

By Caroline Talbott

© 2013 – Routledge

224 pages

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Career moves (even positive ones) can be disruptive for the individual, and the psychological impact of changing roles or careers is often underestimated. Career transition coaching is a relatively new field, but one that is highly relevant in the modern world. In Essential Career Transition Coaching Skills, Caroline Talbott explores the most effective career transition coaching techniques and explains the psychology behind them.

Looking at both self-motivated and enforced career changes, the book pays particular attention to the psychological processes experienced by the client, so that the coach can understand and anticipate their reactions and help them make the most successful career moves. It covers general skills, tools and techniques that can be applied to any career transition as well as more specific examples such as moving from management into leadership, aspiring business owners and career changers. Case studies illustrating the methods of experienced coaches and step-by-step guides to coaching techniques are also included.

Ideal for those already experienced in general coaching and looking to specialise, as well as anyone whose job requires coaching skills, such as managers and HR professionals, this timely book provides a comprehensive guide to the whole transition cycle – from choosing a career direction or change, to making a move and adapting successfully.


"… Talbott’s deceptively voluminous guide may well be the last word on career coaching. The experienced leadership coach tackles every aspect of the role, from understanding your client to building your reputation, but the real bonus here is how she seamlessly meshes the theoretical and practical – explaining the rigorous psychology behind the Kubler-Ross change curve, for example, before showing how to guide a newly bereft client through each stage from shock through to acceptance." - People Management

"I thoroughly recommend this timely, comprehensive, well-researched and practical book. It offers lots of tools and ideas for working with career transition (with others or themselves). Caroline seeks to cover the full picture of career transition coaching and she has certainly done just that. She seeks to rouse the reader, she does that too." - Liz Hall, editor, Coaching at Work

Table of Contents

Dedication. Contents. List of Figures and Tables. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Why Career Transition Coaching? Understanding Your Client and Career Transition Points. Psychological Factors in Career Satisfaction and Transition. Making Career Choices. Getting There. Challenging Transitions. Transition into a New Role or Life. What it Takes to be Successful as a Career Transition Coach. Final Word - Vital Considerations. References.

About the Author

Caroline Talbott coaches and develops leaders, particularly professionals who have progressed into leadership roles. She is also a specialist in change management and organisation development and is a qualified NLP Business Practitioner.

About the Series

Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge

The Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge series provides an accessible and lively introduction to key areas in the developing field of coaching.

Each book in the series is written by leading coaches with extensive experience and has a strong practical emphasis, including illustrative vignettes, summary boxes, exercises and activities.

Assuming no prior knowledge, these books will appeal to professionals in business, management, human resources, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as students and tutors of coaching and coaching psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management