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3 Effective Career Coaching Tips

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Everybody dreams about their career path. Even though your career path may change along the way, you still dream of success. Allow me to give you some tips to help you succeed on this critical life journey.

What is career coaching?

Career coaching is a great way to help employees reach their potential. It can provide strategies on how to manage career advancement, develop leadership skills, and determine career goals. Coaching can also help individuals identify and overcome barriers that may be preventing them from achieving success.

I believe these tips will help you a lot. First, set clear and achievable goals. Second, identify and develop your skills and capabilities. Finally, stay focused and don’t give up. Let’s look at each one.

1. Set clear and achievable goals

Setting clear and achievable goals is very helpful for career success. Make sure you can measure your progress towards each goal. Break down your goals into smaller, achievable steps to ensure you stay on track. Celebrate each milestone to stay motivated. For instance, if your goal is to become an expert in a particular software program, break it down into smaller goals such as learning the basics of the program, completing tutorials, and then taking an exam to become certified.

Ensure your career goals are achievable. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to discouragement and frustration. Setting achievable goals will keep you motivated and energized to strive towards your goal. For example, rather than saying you want to be a CEO in five years, set a goal to gain a promotion within the next year or to complete a certification program within the next six months.

However, if people only set achievable goals for themselves, they may never reach their true potential. By setting goals that may seem unattainable at first, people challenge themselves to reach new levels they never thought possible. Steve Jobs famously said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Aiming high in life can bring unexpected rewards and a sense of accomplishment. If you strive to reach for the stars, you may find that you can reach farther than you ever imagined. Reaching for the seemingly impossible can push people to reach their true potential.

Setting clear achievable goals is key. Taking risks and pushing the boundaries of what is possible can lead to unexpected successes. It is important to maintain a balance between reaching for the stars and staying grounded in reality. Staying focused on achievable goals will help to keep progress steady and avoid disappointment. This is similar to building a house: you need a solid foundation, and you need to plan out the whole structure, with each step leading to the next, but you also have to take risks and push yourself to be creative and take advantage of unexpected opportunities that can lead to greater successes.

2. Identify and develop your skills and capabilities

Identifying your skills and capabilities will prove helpful as you progress on your career path. Once identified, take steps to develop those skills and capabilities, such as taking courses and training programs. Practice and apply the knowledge and experience you gain to build your own set of skills and capabilities. This will make you more competitive in the job market and open up more opportunities.

Examples of skills and capabilities include problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and creativity. Employers are looking for professionals who can bring real value to their organizations, and having a strong set of skills and capabilities can help you stand out from the competition. Use your skills and abilities to differentiate yourself and make a strong impression on potential employers. The top 5 skills employers look for, according to this source, are critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism and a strong work ethic, oral and written communication skills, and leadership ( Make sure to emphasize these skills in your resume and cover letter, as well as in interviews and other job applications. Show employers that you possess these traits and you will be more likely to land the job.

As Roy T. Bennett once wrote: “Great Leaders Create More Leaders Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn vision into reality. Great leaders create more leaders, not followers. Great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own.” But let’s be honest, it’s also important to show that you can make people laugh. After all, a good laugh is worth a million resumes!

3. Stay focused and don’t give up

Staying focused will help you achieve your career goals. Take small steps to reach your goals. Celebrate your successes along the way. Remember, you can do it! Stay positive and stay motivated. Visualize your success and don’t give up. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Giving up is one of the most common killers of careers. Make sure to take a break once in a while. Rest and recharge to stay energized and focused on your goals. Have a plan, stick to it and you will be successful. Reach out to those who can help you. Ask for advice from mentors, peers, and experienced professionals. Join a network of like-minded people who can provide support and accountability.

As the famous American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said: “Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.” We should not measure success by external factors like money, fame, or power. Instead, we should focus on doing our best and being the best version of ourselves. This is the only way to ensure true success and fulfillment. After all, if you’re not your best self, who else is going to be?

You can achieve your career goals. Just ensure you set clear and achievable goals. Identify and develop your skills and capabilities. That is what employers want and they will make you stand out from the crowd. Stay focused and don’t give up. These are tips I think will help you succeed. Utilize available resources to help you reach your goals. Reach out to mentors and build meaningful relationships. Most importantly, stay positive and believe in yourself. Please follow my podcast.


Elphas Sipho Mdluli- MBA Areas of Expertise Business Leadership – Operations Leadership – Financial Management – Process Optimisation – Decision Making Stakeholder Engagement – Project Delivery – Organisational Strategy – Relationship Management – Negotiation Skills Strategy Development – Change Management – Relationship Building – Team Empowerment – Performance Improvement Critical Thinking – Systems Thinking – Strategic Planning – People Management – Business Administration Executive Summary As a meticulous, driven and people-oriented professional, Elphas is motivated by ensuring the achievement of organisational goals. He is fuelled by improving business performance, whilst his all-embracing skillset has enabled him to successfully execute projects across various platforms. His career has presented the effective delivery of solutions, leveraging expertise in financial, operations, administrative and business processes, as well as the management of integrated transformational projects. Elphas thrives in complex environments where strong leadership is required to drive business performance. As a highly focused and participative leader who believes in effective teamwork, he prides himself on his innate ability to connect with and lead stakeholders across all levels of an organisation. With a dedication to continuous improvement, Elphas has completed a vast range of courses, including currently completing his Doctor of Business Administration, building upon his MBA, Bachelor of Ministry degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, to mention just a few. Career Summary Elphas has built his career on a strong academic foundation across a diverse range of areas, including accounting, management development, ministry, finance, corporate governance, risk management, behavioural intelligence, leadership and business administration. He is a Business Leader, an Author, a Lecturer and a pillar within his community. His diverse roles have shaped his skillset and his early roles consisted of Chairperson and Senior Pastor for Christian Liberty Centre and Branch Officer for Select Management Services before moving to Sibonelo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society as Accountant, Manager and then General Manager. In 2013 Elphas spearheaded the start-up of Life Solutions Investments, an organisation providing Training & Consultancy as well as leading operations of a Block Yard. He has also been contracted by Calvary College as a part-time Lecturer. In addition, Elphas has written and published numerous books based in business, marriage and spirituality, as well as being Founder and Senior Pastor of the Freedom Centre International Church. As a result of his sharp business acumen, Elphas was offered the role as Executive Manager for Eswatini Association of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (ESASCCO) where he effectively led teams across various departments. He oversaw Administration, Finance, Training, ICT and the Insurance departments. Elphas has consistently excelled in improving performance and has enjoyed many successes throughout his career, which is evident in the success of the organisations in which he is involved. Elphas provides a significant contribution to the long-term sustainable growth through his extensive experience, vast administration knowledge and impeccable business leadership abilities. His implementation skills are forefront in overall strategic development, and his involvement in business ensures ground-breaking improvement in performance. He is a resourceful professional who has a passion for the development of commerce and the progress of human capital within business, ensuring and facilitating significant growth and financial health of an organisation.