Interview with Dr Keith Amoss, a Professional Career Coach
MindForest recently interviewed Dr Keith Amoss, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Also a Board Member of ICF Luxembourg and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) in the UK. With him, we discussed the importance of career development opportunities, how this has changed over the years and the pandemic and some essential tips for successful career development.
As a Londoner, born and bred, my career took me from the UK Civil Service and Whitehall to working for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in various parts of Europe, mainly in Human Resources and Talent Management. I settled in Luxembourg, obtained the nationality and am really enjoying working here in the Grand Duchy as a career coach, mentor and trainer.
Finding an opportunity to work on something which gives you fulfillment as well as enough money to live on is a natural desire. The ideal situation is to develop a career which truly meets your values and reflects who you really are. It’s tempting simply to follow the money; however, even if the pay is great, waking up each morning and dreading the thought of going to work is a miserable existence.
From an employer’s perspective, most simply expect a fair day’s work to be done by their employees in return for a fair day’s pay. Some are, sadly, out to squeeze their employees. But the most enlightened employers recognize that happy and motivated employees, whose interests are truly seen and met, will really allow the organization to thrive. In that light, they offer staff development opportunities and realize the value in employee coaching and training.
From the many people I have had the pleasure to work with, it is clear that an overriding issue has been that they went into a type of work because others thought they should do so. As a result they are unhappy. Whether their advisers were family, friends, teachers or whoever they no doubt meant well. But, unfortunately, whoever gives you such advice is not you. So here is the “do:” Do what YOU really want to do.
As to “do not,” I would say that offering a poor CV or failing to keep your Linked-in profile up to date are bad practices.
It really is important to know your personal values – such as fairness, honesty or integrity -since I guarantee you will not enjoy working somewhere which runs contrary to what you deeply believe is important.
You should also understand your personality traits – an extrovert is unlikely to be happy working independently without much social interaction, for example.
Something to avoid? Resigning in a fit of anger without a plan of action. Conflicts and frustrations are common in all organisations and often there is a better way to resolve them, for example by getting support and facing an issue head-on. Of course you must not sit there if your mental health is suffering and there are no options. But if at all possible then resigning should be a last resort – to be taken only when another career opportunity is firmly in place.
No names of course and I will keep it vague – but let me just say that seeing some clients go from un-employed and deeply miserable to truly happy in a new venture is definitely the best reward.
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