The term “diversity” has become somewhat of a buzzword in the modern workplace, tossed around in company mission statements and HR manuals. And yet, studies reveal particularly slow progress toward a diverse balance of genders, races, cultures, and acquired traits across executive and professional teams globally.
Penetrating the job market is a major challenge for lots of career seekers today—and military Veterans can often have a particularly rough road ahead of them. If you’re a Veteran of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, it’s fair to say that you could face some more extraordinary challenges in the career world than the average civilian. Are you one of the 4.9 million Veterans with a service-connected disability? How about one of the 370,000 who are unemployed? Maybe you’re one of the countless others working in a civilian job that seems to be failing you in so many ways. It’s a rather disheartening reality: You dedicated yourself to a higher cause for so many years and now, you’re just supposed to assimilate back into society. You may even be feeling limited by duty-related injuries and non-transferable military skills. You’re not alone. So how do you pay the bills and support your family without losing yourself along the way? What can you do to avoid feeling like you’re starting all over again—without direction, without passion, without any real excitement over the jobs at your disposal?
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You want to use your talents and passion for something more than a mundane 9–5, and the idea of becoming a professional coach sounds, well, pretty amazing. It’s got the freedom and flexibility we all crave, plus the envious opportunity to do meaningful and fulfilling work. Yet, you can’t seem to shrug off that little voice inside your head echoing a common doubt: Is professional coaching really a “thing?” You know you have what it takes to be successful as a coach; you can just feel it in your bones. But that inner critic (perhaps goaded by the peanut gallery in your everyday life) still questions whether this is a legitimate profession. OK then, it’s time to silence all this conjecture with cold, hard facts and stats. Let’s drop the mic on critics of professional coaching (even the one in your own head!) with these five serious truth bombs.
From the Society for Human Resource Management’s SHRM certification to HR Certification Institute’s PHR, aPHR, GPHR, or SPHR-CA; there are dozens of ways to add letters, credentials, and certifications to your name. But when it comes down to aligning your purpose with career progression AND your wallet, there’s one set of letters that adds the greatest impact.