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Returnships.org Podcast - Career Coaching 101 with Laresa Acevedo

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How to best prepare on how to make the best out of the upcoming cohort, who better than an amazing Career coach, Laresa Acevado, who has made a career out of Career Coaching hundreds of women before. 

Through this Podcast, Laresa would be walking us through-

1. What is a Career Coach?

2. What are some types of Career Coaches?

3. How to prepare before approaching a Career Coach?

4. How to measure success if a Career Coach is working for you?

5. Unconventional places to look for career coach.

and more...

More about Laresa:

Naturally enthusiastic, curious, and adaptable engineer, Laresa has experience in Business Analytics, Product Management, and Design Thinking. She has held multiple leadership roles including being a co-founder and leader of the first mentorship group for Puerto Rican women within General Motors. Her strengths includes building bridges between technical and non-technical teams, identifying unique strengths in individuals, and bring teams together to achieve a common goal. She enjoys reading about Human Behaviour, User Experience, Design Principles, and personal development and is passionate about helping women in STEM develop their careers through mentorship and coaching. Links:

https://www.laresaacevedo.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/acevedolaresa/ https://www.instagram.com/laresa_ace_empowerment/?hl=en

Hello, welcome o not wenship through this podcast withthe stories of people who have successful later to the workforce, andfor that we also really different industry professionals, who will helpuncovered different cases that we need help with while either I e Free Self Guided Force that you can seeif you're trying to to the work, and now we are also launching a force or specific. In ere intents and coaches l,he entiende pite having all these resources, one instant stude tounderstand how to make the best out of these kind of resources, and that'sright today in our podcast we invited of Caroch. That is her long time andshe's gonna tell us about how make the best of Curio coaching, what to askAcerbos how to prepare, even to O and in general, how to Ella yourprofessional corslets. He at your your sure I thank you so much now Ineed a for having me my name is Larisa a severe. I am a career coach for womenof Color with specifically are in science, technology engineering andmath and medicine so spem. In other words, I am an engineer myself. I wentto school in the University of Puerto Rico and I studied industrialengineering and I currently work at an...

...automotive company and one of the toptwenty companies in the entire world and everything that I've done in my owncareer, to get to where I am, I teach others and that's the basis of what Ido as a current coach and I'm happy to be here. Thank you so much. Thank youso much lary stow. So many of us, you know we think about what exactly is acareer coach in what? If it's not tell us a little bit about what exactly isColour Coaching sure, career coaching? I would sum it up as a correct coachhelps people get to where they want to go faster inregard to their career. Just like a coach when, in a basketball court or inany sport, usually a coach is on the side line being very strategic andhelping the players. In this case, the player. Is You as you're in your career,and sometimes you can't see things for yourself. So that's where the coach isvery helpful for you, so that they can see things that you can't see foryourself about your own career strategies that you can implement andthey serve as a mentor. So when I am guiding my own clients like, I am thatcoach, just like a basketball, coach or a volleyball coach or any sport thatyou want usually they're not in the game specifically because they want tohave that bird eye view from the outside to help you in your game. Absolutely. I believe that you know allof us needs that kind of Hiperin, especially in career, navigating to somany different areas. If we go through so what kind of services or what kindof things can I expect from a career coach going into the sessions yeah, so there's different types ofcareer coaches and they they can bury and a lot of things that that as acareer coach, they can do for you. So, for example, there's coaches that theirexpertise is and resume. Writing...

...cover letter writing and helping youthrough the application piece of the job search, but then there's othercareer coaches. That help more with the interview preparations like doing mockinterviews to help you practice before you go into an interview. There'sothers like they can also help you with linked in so that professional networkthat, if you're not in length, then I would highly suggest for you to be inlinen definitely because it's a place to network and connect with otherpeople and also just in general, the career confidence, peace, there's somecurrent coaches that can help you with everything. Some are more experts incertain things and then also it can bury in the sense of they can either dothings for you or with you. So it really depends on how you like to learn,and what do you need in this moment? So this is where really getting to knowthe services of the coach themselves and understanding I, what you need foryourself can help you decide which career coach to hire or work with. Sowhat I'm hearing is you know. Linton is super important to listeners M. Yes,that you link in is updated. Definitely that's one of the biggest mistakes Isee people make which is either not have a linked in or if theydo have length in they're, not using it and leveraging it, because Lindon is aplatform, that's global and there's so many professionals on there, especiallyif you come from a background that you have been out of corporate for a fewyears or someone like me, I came on I'm originally from Puerto Rico, so PuertoRico, Swallo Island, a hundred by thirty five miles, and now I'm in theUnited States- and you know I didn't- have a lot of networks and I didn'thave a lot of contact coming to the US. But through Linkin, I've been able toconnect with a lot of different professionals, learn about the industrythat I'm in learn about new opportunities, and then you may makefriends in the industry which are so...

...nea that, especially when you're comingfrom a different country completely or in different state or anything any timethat you're just changing something in your life, it's good to have acommunity and a network. I completely alive with that, like I have found. Somany amazing connections for link on just sing out to them, and you knowlike kind of talking to them, about whatever I'm wanting to do. It alwayshas to be like an amazing experience. So what kind of bread do I need to dobefore? I can even go to a career coach. So that's that's a great question,because you want to ask yourself a few questions in regards to like, forexample, where are you in your career? Are you a student right now? Are youearly in your career, like between that first year to five years in your career?Are you in a place that you're returning to work after a few yearswithout after working, maybe ten years, and you decided to take a break for anynumber of reasons and now you're more in that mid year or mid career stageright? So I would say anything above ten years. It's that mid year and aboveand so it's important to ask yourself like what stage are you in? What are you seeking and like askingyourself? What type of support would you like, and how do you like to learn?Are you more of a visual person? Do you like presentations, or do you get superbored from presentations and really don't want to be listening to videosall day and you'd rather have more of a group format where people interact witheach other and the Carichi kind of can help you with like an either in a groupformat like zoom, or it could be a one one like through zoom, but only withone person so asking yourself those questions about like how do you like tolearn? What state are you in? But if there's a bunch of other questions thatwe have put together so that you can do that self assessment and have thatready to go and use to when you...

...approach a career coach, you can bringthose questions with you and share them with that person. You know there is aworksheet that you can leverage before going to a corial coach. We are makingthe work sheet available on our return hips at our website, with his we doreturn ships at all. I thank you for telling me that these things, because Ifeel like I personally have seen so many people feel so over ramed. But, ohmy God. What all do I need to know, but it doesn't sound like a scary processat all. It's like very simple things that I can ask myself before going to acareer pocus, and I and you don't have to do things alone. I think that's oneof the biggest misconceptions to that when we go to school or when we are, ifyou think about it for anything in life generally, we have support even likethrough high school, we had teachers right when you're going to a sport. Youhave a coach, but for some reason, when we go into corporate or you have a job,then you're, like you kind of feel on your own, and at that point that's whenthe career coach can really be with you and support you through your career. Itcan be. You can choose if it's just for a moment and then you re engage with acurrer coach at any time or if you want to always have a curriculae. Ipersonally, even though I'm a career coach, I also have my own career coachbecause, like I said, you can't see your own blind spots and it's alwaysgood to have someone else kind of helping you through your own journeyand and ask those questions that a coach can ask you and help you saidstrategies. So definitely it is so helpful to have someone else with you.It's kind of like what I say to my clients, like I'm, the person who'sgoing to be in your corner, I'm kind of like that lawyer for you. I just aminterested in you, your career, not necessarily the company that you workfor not necessarily like other people around you. I'm focused on you, yourhappiness and that you're achieving when ultimately is going to make youfeel very proud of yourself. So that's what I love about career coaches, justlike helping individuals make positive...

...changes in their life and to help themunderstand that you do have control. Sometimes you do need help and that'swhere correct coach can help. I have to live it for your coach now.That would be amazing, happily recommend and as a question that comes to my mind,there's a follow of his life. Now that kind of know what kind of preparationwe you to do. Can you want to talk about? You know there anyspecifications that you love being asked by your clients, why you knowthey aren't the create cousin, so you can help in the most trim. Therethere's multiple questions that definitely like you can ask, dependingon like what you want, but something that I recommend everyone to ask islike what is the process that the specific curri coach follows? Forexample, there is people that only sell you an online corpse rightand that's a self pace. You do it at your own time that can be beneficialfor a busy person. Most professionals are very busy eitherwith family with work. So maybe that's very beneficial, but also, if you aresomeone who actually wants that accountability and working with someonelike one on one or in a group, coaching format where you meet once a week, thenit's important for you to know. What's the process and what's the expectationas well as a time, commitment that you will need to have in order to get theresults that this coach quote unquote is is saying right, like some coach cantell you, Oh yeah, I'm going to help you get anew job in the next three months right, it's important for you to understand.What's the process and what does it take to get there what's the timecommitment and then also? How do you interact with the coach? Do you get oneand one feedback? Do you use a facebook group to kind of get that feedback, or do younot get any support at all some coaches?...

They have like these courses that aregreat because they're self paced. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't getthat one that feedback and that customized feedback for your own case.So I also included some some of those questions in the Worksheet, so I woulddefinitely tell you to. I would recommend you would to go into thatwork. She take a look and then, if you want to prop our pace, so safequestions, to ask the Gret, definitely do it, but few other questions that Iincluded was like what is the industry? What industry is this career coach inright because in my case I'm in stem, so my specialization is in science,technology and engineering, because that's the space that I've been thatsince basic quote unquote, I grew up in right, but there's other coaches thatmay specialize in arts or more creative industries and every industry can be alittle bit different. So you want to make sure that the person has expertisein the industry that either you're in or the industry that you want to gointo, not necessarily the one that you're in right now, because if you'repivoting, for example, going from marketing into tech, you probably wouldbe better off working with someone who's an expert in tech, not inmarketing. So I know that there's a few questions here that that would bebeneficial for you to ask so that you get so clear. You understand what theirexpertise and then also you know what to expect from this person. What arethey selling you on and and how will you end up benefiting at the end of theday like what results have other clients gotten after working with thiscoach, and I think, that's very important- I always am glad when clients ask me allthese questions, because it tells me that you're actually serious and thatyou want to know what you're getting yourself involved in and so that youcan commit to that, because, if you're not clear, it's really hard to then belike hey. You needed to show up every week for one hour, andthen you can't make that commitment.

Then, unfortunately, your investment oryour what you thought was going to be is notgoing to be beneficial. Neither for the coach, nor for you so having all thesequestions and asking them beforehand is beneficial for everybody. Absolutely I mean you know like havingthese questions Texnotamia. If we pay available on our resources, paget, www,tutorships or talk to make sure is a on our website and subscribe to ourwebsite. For those tames, so Larisa like follow question that comes to my mind,is like you know once I am you know, I have prayed I'm going to the careercause. I'm asking this. You Know How do I measure my success or how do Iunderstand if it is working for me or not? Is there any midring that you lookfor to measure success of your clients or clients can look for and how wellthey're getting along with their career poses as well? So your meaning like once you'realready working with the curret coach? Yes, well, I think one of the biggest thingsis like that should be part of your prep work and part of the conversationeven before working with ecrit coaches to ask yourself what does success, looklike for you in the next six months or twelve months and communicate that withthe coach. So once you let's say you communicated that to the coach, like, Iwould say, like do a self check in with yourself and verify like. Do you feelcloser? Are you working towards that goal and if you feel like you're, notlike there's something like you're worried, always go and talk to yourcoach as why that's why the coach is there, so sometimes my own clients getoverwhelmed because I am not going to lie. Sometimes the process of doing ajob search can be kind of like a roller coaster, because sometimes you get arecruiter. That is really like. Yes, you're, the perfect candidate and thensometimes you get an interviewer that says that we no, unfortunately you're,not the right fix right, and that can...

...be very overwhelming and if you don't havesomeone that can help you and coach you through that it. You know it's a rollercoaster right so, and I, during that, you express your anything anything thatyou're feeling at sharing that with your coach. I would suggest that andthen also just like. Do Us Elf check it like an Icloser today than I was maybe a month ago or two months ago? Like do, I know,at least how will I get to my goal and if you don't know make sure that youtalk to your coach express that concern and so that you're, both on the samepage and then usually like clients, are a little bit overwhelmed or like, but Idon't know if I'm getting close or not, and then I because that's my job, Icommunicate with them and tell them like. Oh No, don't worry. That's thenext thing that we're going to be working on, for example, they might belike done with their resume. We got that done, they're ready to go theirresumes there at applying, but now they're like oh my gosh. If someonecalls me, I don't know how to answer an interview and I'm like no worry. Wehave that call next week or don't worry, that's the next thing that we're goingto work on, but that just always that communication with your coach is socrucial, so that you know that you are on the right path. Well, I feel like these are the kind ofsuper heroes that we definitely meet. Trout or courier journey. I mean I havedefinitely gone through so many interviews and you know careerconversations and having to navigate that alone like now. We know that we donot have navigated alone. There are so many help and resources online that youcan live is basically to get all the help you need for your career journey,exactly it's so true, there's so many so many resources, and I would say that if you are searching for career coaches,definitely look into there's free resources everywhere, like even like,if you graduated from a university or...

...there's a local community college,usually those universities and colleges have a career counseling office, notnot necessarily the same as a curer coach, but they can be very helpful andyou can communicate with them, but also you can go online and find careercoaches like myself, like you, can find me on Instagram, but there's othercoaches on like then there's so many places just like with everything thatwe do. Nowadays, you go on Google, you search, you can find career coacheseverywhere, but again go back to those questions about the expertise that you you'd, like thatcurrer coach to have and ensure that is a good fit for you and and just ca withthem wow. I feel like all these importantresources- and you know, especially that you mentioned that we could findsomebody at our unique local universities. I am a I know of that, sothat is an extremely causeful advice to go yes into us today. So even librariesI depend like here in the US, there's even local libraries usually have likecareer support for for local communities. Sothat's also something to look into, and definitely when I look at your pagethere's a lot of resources to the return hip, hey as well, yes, ad totownships at all. We have so many. We are kind of like the career coach, butin a much more broader sense that we, the minus one, stop shop for, like allresources and a to do returning toward so a kind of coming back to you know,the people who are struggling and trying to return to work is anyspecific advice you have for them that they are navigating the journey fromthe Colear foot standpoint. Definitely there's returning to work. Imean any at any point, just job searching and if you decided to comeback D and start working again. That is...

...that is. I applaud you for that,because it means that you are preparing yourself to make a change again in yourlife, and so my recommendation there is, I or my advice is to make sure that you're communicatingwith your contacts, people that you know leverage linked in, so you createthat network that can support you and help you through that now new jobsearch that you're doing and remember that you have so many skills and somany talents that, even if you have not been working every day for x amount oftime, you have so many skills that are unique to you that make you special andthat, with a career culture, someone that is in your corner, they can help.You identic like make sure that you pack that up. We communicate that verywell so that you can go into interviews, go and talk to people go, haveinformational conversations with people who are already incorporate. So, likeone big advice that I tell people is, if you want a job, let's say in I'm going to say: Google, because Ialready mentioned Google, like let's say you want a job at Google. Uselinked in and go find people who have the type of jobs that you want, go andtalk to them, reach out to them and give them a message about. Like Hey, Isaw your your profile. I think it's very impressive I'd actually in the jobsearch looking to apply at Google, I've already applied to start her old jobs,but I would love to hear from your perspective. What is it like toactually work there and then request or ask if they would be open to have aconversation with you? That's it only a conversation, not a recommendation notlike to help you with your job search just to have a conversation, andusually people are very open to that, and that's how you can tap into a newnetwork and usually you can get to learn about opportunities that are notposted online, yet that maybe there's...

...an opportunity that is about to beposted. But you get to learn about that even before it's out there. So it's ahuge thing that I would recommend people, especially if you're comingback after multiple years or months of not working. Absolutely I feel, likeyou know so many conversations and opportunities are just a matter ofasking for it that you have to ask, and you have to reach out to the manorsround of Neto. That is there if you're, especially trying to get intotechnology, there are so many unposted jobs online, which is just a matter oflike searching hiding on Linton. That could be one way my gosh. Thestatistics show that eighty percent of opportunities are not posted everthere's only twenty per cent that goes out, however, there's ninety percent ofrecruiters online, then that's why I say linked: It is the place to bethere's recruiters already on the platform searching for candidates, forjobs might or might not be posted, or thatthey know is about to be posted and they're already doing that search thatcandidate searched. So that's where that's why networking is so importantbecause you get to learn about this. Eighty percent, that's what they'recalled that's the the hidden job market quote, unquote that only the peoplethat are already in the network will hear about, and that's where thenetworking comes into play so that you are one of those first people to learnabout them or, like you get recommended, or you get to be one of those first fewpeople that apply to a job once it's out there. Your resume is ready to goyou're already ready to interview and if they call you in two days, you'reready. So that's the importance of latent because it not only helps youapply, but also you get yet identified by recruiters themselves and that wayit's a two way street. It's not just you applying. Now you have peoplecoming to you...

...to recruit you. There are so many of my text, friends,actually who have gotten jobs like through reforest, Lington or elegiststudy, recruiters, reaching out to them and them following up on Linton. So,yes, I definitely definitely recommend you know using Linton as a primarysource for job search. Now you know we have Larisa. We have this entireresource called Oto show the don like the page. You know when we also havethe specific module which is around having thiras in color, coaches andlife coaches. So how do you think something like this can help somebodywho is trying to return to ward from a currier quote standpoint? Oh I mean I went to return hips atOrgon. I thought that was it's such an amazing page, just so many freeRiesser's that are available there to learn technical skills, that thatwas another thing that I wanted to bring up, which is, if you it's been awhile, since you haven't been in working use. Definitely platforms like this,like returns, ips that work that that share knowledge that you can justhappint you can. You can learn for yourself and brush up on some skillsjust by using resources like this returns, hips or other online preresources right, because sometimes, if you, especially if you're doing acareer, Pivit or career change, it's good to have some experience, and thatexperience this is something I always tell my clients to it's like that.Experience does not need to be a paid experience or recruiter is reallysearching for. Do you have those skills and do you have experience? Were youpaid to do that? I don't like they don't necessarily care if you were paidto do it. They want to know if you have those skills. So let's say you want toknow how to Code in a specific language and let's say Python- and you don'thave that job yet you would like to,...

...but you don't have experience yetthat's what return hips and up and resources like this. You could tap into do your own self project work with someone WHO's. Actually a soporeengineer right now for someone who does know how to Code and help you and coachyou. Even if it's a it's call it a quote, Unquote Passion Project, butthat can go on your resume and then now you can create a portfolio and guesswhat you weren't paid to do that. But if you can show a recruiter that youhave the skills you are really interested, you did it by yourself andnow you're ready to actually go and do it to benefit the company. Then that isvery impressive, and that shows that you are legitimately interested in thisand that you're not just trying to find any job just because and you're tryingto just try something new you're actually interested, because youinvested your time into it. So that would be something that definitelyreturn ships in a great restores for anyone who's jumping back into into work. I can totally vouch for it, like Iremember, going to base offer from from a recruiter side. Basically, I washiding for microampere the time my store for Microsoft. I think somethingthat I was looking in resumes like. Not your GPA, not anything, but you know,do you have site projects? Did you dey wo? Have it on? You know if you dininitiatives, if you have leadership, if you volunteer for things- and I thinkthose kind of small small things really shows an, are you or any shadie takerwhere you make things happen for you and I think it's so so important to golike what Laris a mentioned is, like. You know, find your passion projectsfind those mentors go now to apprenticeships, like in townships,like do all the things that you can possibly do, and I'm sure that theecutors should be like super super impressed by the one. A non see.Everything that I do with my career. Coaching is technically a passionproject. If you think about it, I'm an...

...engineer by day and a care coach. I Iright now right. I everything that I do started with a passion project, becausesomeone asked me to help them with their resume and that's where I started.I just I just helped someone went the resume and I got so excited that Istarted helping another person and then another person and another person, andnow I have a business that people actually pay me to help them with theresume, with their interviewing skills and everything that had all startedwith a very small. Like request from someone, I noticed that I got soexcited to do it that people started coming back to me because they wantedme to help and like that friend recommended me to another person andthat's how I'm here actually at the podcast like that is. This is why do not be above doing a task,especially if you are doing it out of love and that of like a true interest,and if again, I'm going to give this disclaimer if you're not eveninterested to do something like like just do it for a friend you're, noteven motivated to do it for a friend. I would suggest that you do a little bitmore exploration and other things, because I want you to be happy notmiserable on the job, so try to test things out. Like that, do a passionproject go to an association. Take an online course test. The idea out and ifyou are really interested, then go in vest and maybe something more than theminvest more time into like a bigger project or ask a few more friends onhow you can support them and that's how you get more experience. And,ultimately you know if you can get a certification even a degree. A lot ofpeople want to jump into the conclusion that they need a master's degree inthat thing and they're trying to learn, and I'm like. No, no, no, no there's somany ways before a masters degree right, there'sso many ways you can get experience beforehand and you might decide youwant to do the masters agree eventually, but I would say it's definitely not thefirst step. So that's my suggestion for...

...sure I se there are like so many resourcesonline, which is free like, for example, you can just search topics on theplatforms like ut were Tiktok, and there are so many creators who havebeen a curated content for whatever you are interested in. So you know makesure you utilize those things and you definitely don't need to. You now thinkthat education just means like he has to pay a fren there's a websites onlinewhich are like for free, where you can basically get certifications like Iknow. Google has this new certification program, which is completely free, thatyou can learn social mica market and you can learn so many different areas.So you make sure you check them out, and you know start your returning toone journey. So thanks, you so much leary Saturday for either coming on ourpodcast and sharing this amazing user information and sin of career one onone an you know what needs to be done. I'm sure that the listeners who arelistening would love to hear more from lerice. That is why you're hosting itask me anything. Currier, coaching on or returns IPS forum go to our website.www O returns, ips dot, Org and go to our foam and leave your thoughts commonor any questions you have towards car. Your coaching and Larissa would getback to you on our for them. She has also left some thoughts around whatkind of questions you can ask to your currier coach when Your FirstApproaching Career coaching, if you have further questions, feel Frou tolevel is that for O to ask either questions related to career, coachingor any other questions. There are so many domain exports on our platform,who'd love to get back to you and answer any questions to ward returningto work. If you would love to speak at our podcast feel fry to Disoue, to meor on our website, FW o return hips at Ark art leave your thoughts andcomments on our instat rampage and returns Ip start in, for we are lookingforward to hearing from you the next...

...episode of the returns. podcast we willbe covering more than curious, poaching and further would be helping youunderstand and how to navigate couriers between supply chain and diversity, andinclusion stay tuned on this podcast and subscribe to our podcast right now.Thank you by.

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