Returnships.org Podcast - Career Coaching 101 with Laresa Acevedo

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Returnships.org is a career coach for people returning to workforce after gap in career through the self paced free course and our first upcoming cohort for Mentorship and feedback through Industry Leaders, helping you, be unstuck and successfully return to workforce. (Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyiNl9q2nQjXDVHaMS3kjVSQNQEQHwguvtJYg9zry4GETJnA/viewform)

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 and welcome. You are listening to your another episode of the returnships podcast with Nabanida Day, but the nonprofit initiative returnships Dot Org, empowering care givers to be career professionals. Through this podcast, we tell stories of people who have successfully returned to the workforce and, further we also bring in different industrict professionals who will help uncover different areas that we need help with. While either you will returning to the workforce or in just navigating careers. returnships at or can be thought of like a career coach, since we have a free, self guided courts that you can take if you're trying to return to the workforce and follow it like a North Star. And now we are also launching our first cohort where you will get specific feedback in different areas from different industry mentors and coaches who will help you navigate this entire returning to the workforce journey. Despite having all these resources, what it will still struggle to on this and how to make the best out of these kind of resources. And that's why today in our podcast, we invited a career coach, Theresa, who has been coaching different women for very long time and she's gonna tell us about how to make the best use of career coaching, what to ask a curreer coach, how to prepare even before going to a career coach and, in Jen know, how to lead your professional and go to your journey. So let's hear it from Leisa. Leisa introduces us about yourself. Sure thing. Thank you so much, and not a need that for having me. My name is Lattisa Asa Veva. I am a career coach for women of Color with specifically are in science, technology, engineering and math and medicine, so stem. In other words, I'm an engineer myself. I went to school in the University of Puerto Rico and I studied industrial engineering and I currently work at...

...an automotive company, one of the top twenty companies in the entire world, and everything that I've done in my own career to get to where I am, I teach others and that's the basis of what I do as a career coach and I'm happy to be here. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Lest so many of us, you know, we think about what exactly is a care your coaching one is not tell us a little bored about what exactly Scotia coaching. Sure, career coaching. I would sum it up as for a career coach helps people get to where they want to go faster and regards to their career, just like a coach when in a basketball court or in any sport, usually a coach is on the sideline being very strategic and helping 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 for the coach is very helpful for you, so that they can see things that you can't see for yourself about your own career strategies that you can implement and they serve as a mentor. So when I am guiding my own clients, like I am that coach, just like a basketball coach or a volleyball coach or ready sport that you want, usually they're not in the game specifically because they want to have that bird eye view from the outside to help you and your game. Absolutely, I believe that, you know, all of us needs that kind of high person especially in go you are navigating to so many different ideas that we go to. So what kind of services are what kind of things can I expect from a career coach going into the sessions? Yeah, so there's different types of career coaches and they they can bury and a lot of things that that, as a career coach, they can do for you. So, for example, there's coaches that their expertise is...

...and resume writing, cover letter writing and helping you through the application piece of the job search. But then there's other career coaches that help more with the interview preparations, like doing mock interviews to help you practice before you go into an interview. There's others like they can also help you with Linkedin, so that professional network that if you're not in Linkedin, I would highly suggest for you to be in linkedin definitely, because it's a place to network and connect with other people and also just in general the career confidence peace. There's some current coaches that can help you with everything, some are more experts in certain things, and then also it can vary in the sense of they they can either do things for you or with you. So it really depends on how you like to learn and what do you need and this moment. So this is where really getting to know the services of the coach themselves and understanding what you need for yourself can help you the side which career coach to hire or work with. So what I'm hearing is, you know, Linkedin is super important. Listeners, yes, did you Linkedin is updated? Definitely. That's one of the biggest mistakes I see people make, which is either not have a linkedin or, if they do have linkedin, they're not using it and leveraging it, because Linkedin is a platform that's global and there's so many professionals on there, especially if you come from a background that you have been out of corporate for a few years, or someone like me. I can I'm originally from Puerto Rico, so Puerto Rico, swallowtle island, a hundred by thirty five miles, and now I'm in the United States and you know, I didn't have a lot of networks and I didn't have a lot of contact coming to us, but through Linkedin I've been able to connect with a lot of different for fessionals, learn about the industry that I'm in, learn about new opportunities and then, you know, make friends in the industry, which...

...are so needed, especially when you're coming from a different country. Completely or different stay or anything. Anytime that you're just changing something in your life, it's good to have a community and a network. I completely alive with that. Like I have found so many amazings and it's just to Linkedin, just out to them and, you know, like kind of talking to them about whate what I'm wanting to do always has been like an amazing experience. So what kind of friend do I need to do before I can even go to a God your food. So that's that's a great question, because you want to ask yourself a few questions in regards to like, for example, where are you in your career? Are you a student right now? Are you early 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 years without, after working maybe ten years, and you decided to take a break for any number of reasons, and now you're more in that mid year or mid career stage right so I would say anything above ten years, it's that mid year and above, and so it's important to ask yourself, like what stage are you and what are you seeking, and like asking yourself 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 super bored from presentations and really don't want to be listening to videos all day and you'd rather have or of a group format where people interact with each other, and the career coach Canna, can help you with like an either in a group format like zoom, or it could be a oneone like through zoom, but only with one person. So asking yourself those questions about like how do you like to learn, what stage are doing? But if there's a bunch of other questions that we have put together so that you can do that self assessment and have that ready to go and used to when you approach a...

...career coach, you can bring those questions with you and share them with that person. You know, there is a worksheet that you can leverage before going to a go your coach. We are making the worksheet available on our Down't ship start our website. Wese, www doctor, don't ship start our I thank you for telling me that these things, because I feel like I personally have seen so many people feel so women. But, oh my God, what all do I need to know? But it doesn't sound like a scape process at all. It's like really simple things that I can ask myself before going to con your coach. Just yes, and if you don't have to do things alone. I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions to that when we go to school or when we are if you think about it, for anything in life generally we have support. Even like through high school, we had teachers. Right when you're going to a sport, you have a coach, but for some reason when you 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 when the career coach can really be with you and support you through your career. It can be you can choose if it's just for a moment and then you re engage with a career coach at any time, or if you want to always have a career coach. I personally, even though I'm a career coach, I also have my own career coach because, like I said, you can't see your own blind spots and it's always good to have someone else and of helping you through your own journey and and ask those questions that a coach can ask you and help you set strategies. 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's going to be in your corner. I'm kind of like that lawyer for you. I just am interested in you, your career, not necessarily the company that you work for, not necessarily like other people around you. I'm focused on you, your happiness and that you're achieving. Ultimately is going to make you feel very proud of yourself. So that's what I love about career coaches. Just like...

...helping individuals make positive changes in their life and to help them understand that you do have control. Sometimes you do need help, and that's where a career coach can help. I have to give the go to your coach. Now. That's a really happinitely recommend and does the for that comes to my mind. Doesn't followup. is like now that kind of know what kind of preparation we need to do. Can you also talk about you knowing did any specifications? That do love being off by your clients why you know they are the three coaching so you can help them the most. Term there and there's multiple questions that definitely, like you can ask, depending on like what you want, but something that I recommend everyone to ask is, like what is the process that the specific career coach follows? For example, there is people that only sell you an online course, right, and that's a self pace to do it at your own time. That can be beneficial for a busy person. Most professionals are very busy, either with family with work, so maybe that's very beneficial. But also if you are someone who actually wants that accountability and working with someone like one on one or in a group coaching format where you meet once a week, then it's important for you to know what's the process and what's the expectation, as well as a time commitment that you will need to have in order to get the results that this coach, quote unquote, is saying, right, like some coach can tell you, Oh yeah, I'm gonna help you get a new 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 time commitment, and then also how you interact with the coach? Do you get one onone feedback do you use a facebook group to kind of get that feedback, or do you not get any support at all? Some coaches they have like these courses that are great because...

...their self paced. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't get that. Want that feedback and that customized feedback for your own case. So I also included some some of those questions in the worksheets. I would definitely tell you to to I would recommend but to go into that work sheet, take a look and then if you want to copy and play those safe questions to add the career coach, definitely do it. But a few other questions that I include. It was like, what is the industry? What industry is this career coach in? Right, 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 that's a space that, quote unquote, I grew up in. Right. But there's other coaches that may specialize in arts or more creative industries, and every industry can be a little bit different. So you want to make sure that the person has expertise in the industry that either you're in or the industry that you want to go into. Not necessarily the one that you're in right now, because if you're pivoting, for example, going from marketing into tech, you probably would be better off working with someone who's an expert in tech. And I'm marketing. So I know that there's a few questions here that that would be beneficial for you to ask so that you get sure clear, you understand what their expertise and then also you know what to expect from this person. What are they selling you on and and how will you end up kind of fitting at the end of the day? Like what results have other clients gotten after working with this coach? And I think that's very important. I always I'm glad when clients ask me all these questions because it tells me that you're actually serious and that you want to know what you're getting yourself involved in and so that you can commit to that, because if you're not clear, it's really hard to then be like hey, you need it to show up every week for one hour, and then you can't make that commitment, then unfortunately...

...your investment, or your what you thought was going to be is is not going to be beneficial, neither for the coach nor for you. So having all these questions and asking them beforehand is beneficial for everybody. Absolutely. I mean, you know, like having these questions, like Clearista mentioned, it will be available on a resource, spaediol blue. Don't you do ships or dogs? To make sure you check out our website and subscribe to our website for those tips. So let me sound like followup question that comes to my mind is like, you know, once I'm you know, I have prayer. I'm going to look on you, but I'm asking this. You know, how do I measure my success? Or do I on the stand if you're just working for me, or notice it any midflix that you look for measure successful clients, or clients can look for how well you're getting along with the three coaches as well. So your meaning like once you're already working with the current coach? Yes, well, I think one of the biggest things is like that should be part of your prep work and part of a conversation, even before working with the career coach, is to ask yourself, what does success look like for you in the next six months or twelve months and communicate that with the coach. So once you, let's say, communicated that to the coach, like I would say, like do a self check in with yourself and Verif I like, do you feel closer or you working towards that goal? And if you feel like you're not, like there's something like you're worried, always go and talk to your coach as why. That's why the coach is there. So sometimes my own clients get overwhelmed, because I am not going to lie, sometimes the process of doing a job search can be kind of like a roller coaster, because sometimes you get a recruiter that is really like yes, you're the perfect candidate, and then sometimes you get an interviewer that says that no, unfortunately you're not the right fits right and and that can be very overwhelming. And if you don't have someone that can...

...help you and coach you through that it, you know it's a roller coaster, right. So and during that you express your anything, anything that you're feeling at sharing that with your coach. I would suggest that. And then also just like do our self checking like am I closer 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 you talk to your coach express that concern and so that you're both on the same page. And then usually my clients are a little bit overwhelmer, like I don't know if I'm getting closed or not. And then I, because that's my job, I communicate with them and tell them like, oh no, don't worry, that's the next thing that we're going to be working on. For example, they might be like gone with their resume, we got that done. They're ready to go their resume or at supplying, but now they're like, oh my gosh, if someone calls me, I don't know how to answer an interview, and I'm like, don't worry, we have that call next week, or don't worry, that's the next thing that we're going to work on. But that just always that communication with your coach is is so crucial so that you know that you are on the right path. Well, I feel like these are the kind of super heroes that we definitely need thlow do up board your journey. I mean, I have definitely gone through so many interviews and you know, go you're gone the stations and having to navigate that alone. Late now we know that we do not have navigated alone. There are so many hells and Resources Online, if you can live with is, basically to get all the I you need for you put your journey exactly. But 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 graduate it from a university or there's a local community college. Usually those...

...universities and colleges have a career counseling office, not not necessarily the same as a career coach, but they can be very helpful and you can communicate with them. But also you can go online and find career coaches like myself, like I you can find me on Instagram, but there's other coaches on Linkedin. There's so many places, just like whatever thing that we do nowadays. You go on Google, you search, you can find career coaches everywhere. But again, go back to those questions about the expertise that you you'd like that career coach to have and ensure that is a good fit for you and and just chat with them. Well, I feel like all these important resources, and you know especially that you mentioned that we could find somebody. I got you need local universities. I know of that. So that is an extreme because of advice. Yes, to us today. So even libraries dependent, like here in the US there's even local libraries usually have like career and support for for local communities. So that's also something to look into. And definitely, when I look at your face, is a lot of resources to for the returnship. Okay as well. Yes, after done ships at dog we have so many. We all kind of like the curercles, but much more. PROGER says, that we make is one stop shop for like all these sources. You to returning to work. So kind of coming back to you know, the people who are struggling and trying to return to work. is any specific advice you have for them that they are navigating the journey from the coal of food standpoint? Definitely, there's were turning to work, I mean any at any point, just job searching and and if you decide it to come back and start working again, that is that is I'm I applaud...

...you for that because it means that you are preparing yourself to make a change again in your life. And so my recommendation there is is, or my advice is, to make sure that you're communicating with your contacts, people that you know. Leverage Linkedin so you create that network that can support you and help you through that now new job search that you're doing and remember that you have so many skills and so many talents that, even if you have not been working every day for x amount of time, you have so many skills that are unique to you, that make you special, and that, with a career coach or someone that is in your corner, they can help you identify. Like make sure that you pack that up and communicate that very well so that you can go into interviews, go and talk to people, go have informational conversations with people who are already incorporate. So, like, one big advice that I tell people is, if you want a job, let's say in, I'm going to say Google, just because I already mentioned Google. Like, let's say you want a job at Google, use linkedin and go find people who have the type of jobs that you want, go and talk to them, reach out to them and and give them a message about like, Hey, I saw your your profile thing is very impressive. I'm actually in a job search looking to apply at Google. I've already applied to several jobs, but I would love to hear from your perspective what is it like to actually work there and then request or ask if they would be open to have a conversation with you. That's it, only a conversation, not a recommendation, not like to help you with your job search, just to have a conversation, and usually people are very open to that and that's how you can tap into a new network and usually you can get to learn about opportunities that are not posted online yet, that maybe there's an opportunity that is...

...about to be posted, but you get to learn about that even before it's out there. So it's a huge thing that I would recommend people, especially if you're coming back after multiple years or months of not working. Absolutely, I feel like you know, so many conversations and opportunities are just a matter of asking for it, if you have to ask and you have to reach out to the anonymous amount of network that is this. If you're especially trying to get into technology, there's so many unposted jobs online, which is just a matter of like searching, hiding on Linkedin. That could be one way. My Gosh, the statistics show that eighty percent of opportunities are not posted. Ever, there's only twenty percent that goes out. However, there's ninety percent of recruiters on linked. Then that's why I say linked it is the place to be. There's recruiters already on the platform searching for candidates for jobs that might or might not be posted or that they know is about to be posted, and they're already doing that search. That candidate searched. So that's where, that's why networking is so important, because you get to learn about this. Eighty percent. That's what their car that's the the hidden job market, quote unquote, that only the people that are already in the network will hear about, and that's where the networking comes into play, so that you are one of those first people to learn about them or that you get recom mend it or you get to be one of those first few people that apply to a job. Once it's out there, your resume is ready to go, you're already ready to interview and if they call you in two days, you're ready. So that's the importance of lated it, because it not only helps you apply, but also you get yet identified by Bercrewers themselves, and that way it's a two way street. It's not just you applying now, you have people coming to you to recruit you. There are so many of...

...my dead friends actually who have gotten jobs like through reference to Linkedin. Are, you know, just lead if you do, switching off to them and then following up on Linkedin. So yes, I definitely definitely recommend, you know, using Linkedin as your primary source for job search. Now, you know we have lary, so we have this entire resource called you don't shoot their dog, like the page, you know. Then we also have the specific module which is around having therapists and got your coaches and life coaches. So how do you think something like this can help somebody who's trying to return to work from a cotier quote standpoint? Oh, I mean, I went to reternships that organ I thought that was it's such an amazing page, just so many free resources that are available there to learn technical skills. That that was another thing that I wanted to bring up, which is, if you it's been a while since you haven't been working, use definitely platforms like this, like returnships at work, that that share knowledge that you can just tap into. You can you can learn for yourself and brush up on some skills just by using resources like this, returnships or other online free resources right because sometimes, if you especially if you're doing a career pivot or career change, it's good to have some experience and that experience. This is something I always tell my clients do. It's like that experience does not need to be a paid experience. Our recruiter is really searching for. Do you have those skills and do you have experience where you paid to do that? I don't like. They don't necessarily care if you were paid to do it. They want to know if you have those skills. So let's say you want to know how to Code in a specific language, and let's say python, and you don't have that job yet. You would like to, but you don't have...

...experience yet. That's where return ships and up and resources like this you could tap into. Do Your own self project work with someone who's actually a software engineer right now, for someone who does know how to Code and help you and coach you, even if it's a it's call it a quote unquote, passion project, but that can go on your resume and then now you can create a portfolio and guess what you are paid to do that. But if you can show a recruit belder that you have the skills, you are really interested, you did it by yourself and now you're ready to actually go and do it to benefit the company, then that is very impressive and that shows that you're legitimately interested in this and if that you're not just trying to find any job just because and you're trying to just try something new, you're actually interested because you're invest at your time into it. So that would be something that definitely returnships. It's a great resource for anyone who's jumping back into its work. I can totally vous should it like. I didn't going to place hawtware from from a recruiter side. Basically I was hiding from Microsoft at the time. I store from Microsoft. I think something that I was looking in resumes is like, not your GPA, not anything, but you know, do you have psyde projects? Did you? Did you to hack ittons? You know, did you dig initiatives? If you have leadership, you volunteer for things, and I think those kind of small, small things really show was an audio initiative taker. Will you make things happen for you? And I think it's so, so important to go like what Larry's mentioned this, like, you know, find your passion projects, find those mentors. Go you do a printing ships, like in down ships, like do all the things that you can possibly do, and I'm sure that the recruiters would be like super, super impressed by the world. See, everything that I do with my career coaching is technically a passion project. If you think about it,...

I'm an engineer by day in a career coach by night. Right now, great, I everything that I do started with a passion project, because someone asked me to help them with their resume, and that's where I started. I just, I just helped someone with the resume and I got so excited that I started helping another person and then another person and another person, and now I have a business that people actually pay me to help them with their resume, with their interviewing skills and everything. That had all started with a very small, like request from someone. I noticed that I got so excited to do it that people started coming back to me because they wanted me to help and like that friend recommended me to another person and that's how I'm here actually at this podcast. Like that's is this is why do not be above doing a task, especially if you are doing it out of love and out of like true interest. But if, again, I'm gonna give this disclaimer, if you're not even interested to do something like like just do it for a friend, you're not even motivated to do it for a friend, I would suggest that you do a little bit more exploration and other things, because I want you to be happy, not miserable on the job. So try to test things out like that. Do a passion project, go to an association, take an online course, test the idea out and if you are really interested, then go invest and maybe something more than that and best more time into like a bigger project or asked a few more friends on how 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 of people want to jump into the conclusion that they need a master's degree in that thing and they're trying to learn, and I'm like no, no, no, there's so many ways before or master's degree. Right, there's so many ways you can get experienced beforehand and you might decide you want to do the master's agree eventually but I would say it's definitely not the first step. So...

...that's my suggestion. For sure. Absolutely. They are like so many resources online which is free, like, for example, you can just search topics on the platforms like you do goot, tick talk, and there are so many creators who have we loo curated content for what they would you are interested in. So you don't make sure you utilize those things and you definitely don't need to. You know, think that education just means like you have to pay a front. There's websites online which are like for free where you can basically get certifications, like I know Google has this new certification program which is completely free, that you can learn social media marketing and you can learn so many different alias. So, yeah, make sure you check them out and, you know, start your returning to work journey. So thank you so much, lear is Saturday, for the even coming on our podcast and sharing this amazing using your information and kind of career one on one on you know what needs to be done. I'm sure that the listeners who are listening would love to hear more from Larissa. That is why we're hosting a ask me anything career coaching on our return ships forum. Go to our website, www dot return shipstorg and go to our forum and leave your thoughts, comments or any questions you have towards career coaching and Larissa would get back to you on our forum. She has also left some thoughts around what kind of questions you can ask to your career coach when Your First Approaching Career coaching. If you have further questions, feel free to leverage that forum to ask either questions related to career coaching or any other questions. There are so many domain experts on our platform who would love to get back to you and answer any questions to us. Returning to work. If you would love to speak at our podcast, feel free to reach out to me or on our website, www dot returnships dot org, or leave your thoughts and comments on our instagram page and returnships dot info. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Next episode...

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