Why coaching is important: Q&A with Arrival Education’s Tom

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We’re proud that 100% of our coached diverse talent say they got value from their coaching relationship. We talk to Tom Tesfay, who joined Arrival Education after participating in an Arrival Network 1-to-1 coaching programme, what his experience was like, and discover the differences and pros and cons between coaching and mentorship.

In the competitive business world, there are many challenges you will face in your chosen career. Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate the different possibilities, find relevant advice and make connections in your desired industry to link you to opportunities. A coach can help accelerate your progress in all these areas and more.

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First things first…

What are the differences between a coach and a mentor?

The word coach and mentor are often used interchangeably but there is a difference.

A mentor will share their experiences and use that as a stepping stone to give you advice about what you should do going forward. A coach, however, works with you to help you work out and understand what you need to do, offering guidance and support, and helping you to develop. They might often end up with the same end result but a coach can help lead you on a journey of self-discovery and development along the way, adding life long value.

During a coaching session you may look at:

  1. An area of personal or professional development
  2. A situation you may be struggling with, such as family, work or study
  3. A target or goal you’re working towards

A mentorship, although very valuable in its own way, traditionally involves the mentor speaking more and the mentee absorbing, listening and then implementing. With that, you can have a coach who is also your mentor and during your session they interchange roles as and when is appropriate.

The benefits of a coach

Your coach will work with you, asking questions and offering support, to lead you to work out yourself what you need to do. This brings long-term growth and provides you with the skills you need to be able to solve those issues or tackle those problems alone.

In short, a mentor = advice and a coach = development.

And now over to our Q&A session with Tom who is our programme manager and who has experienced an Arrival Network 1-to-1 coaching programme first hand.

What was your perspective about your prospects before you had a coach?

I’ve always been quite ambitious and wanted to achieve a lot. I had meetings with friends regularly to hone in on self-development and make it an on-going reality in our lives. So, when I started my coaching relationship I knew I wanted to get a lot out of it and I made the most of my time with him.

What is one of the best things you have learnt from your relationship with your coach?

There are so many! We had, actually still have, a brilliant relationship and even though our official relationship ended over a year ago, we still meet and I can always go to him for advice and support.

This is what I took away:

–     Things take time

–     Don’t rush, the small things matter.

–     Make a plan, work on the plan.

–     That being said, nothing goes exactly to plan, the key is to notice red flags very early on and adjust where necessary.

How has having a coach changed the way you look at your career?

I had a vision of being at a particular place with a specific amount of money by a certain age. Having a coach who has achieved a lot in his career, I now don’t think it is as important to reach that vision as quickly as I thought. What’s more important is to spend time acquiring skills, honing these skills and working within projects and jobs that allow me to progress and develop.

What would you say to someone that isn’t sure whether they should get a coach or not?

The benefits of having a coach are endless, virtually all successful people have one. But you shouldn’t just get a coach because your favourite business mogul or creative has/had one. That’s a great place to start, you should then look at what a coaching relationship is and why you perhaps need one.

Firstly, you have to understand what a coaching relationship is like and the different purposes it holds. Then you have to figure out what you want for yourself. If you have a coach for 6 months, what would you like the outcomes of that to be. If you are willing to:

–     take on feedback

–     have someone help you with your ideas and plans

–     execute on targets they set you

–     believe that this will help you get to where you need to be

–     be ready to be open and authentic with your coach, they’re there to help you

Then you should go on the look out for a coach. The above will help you understand and be aware of the type of coach you need and what background they should come from.

Thanks, Tom! Now, find out more about the Arrival Network for yourself.

What is the Arrival Education coaching programme for diverse talent?

A huge percentage of graduates from economically deprived or ethnically diverse backgrounds are underemployed in jobs, usually in the service or retail industries. Most graduates we spoke to, whilst being talented, skilled and inspiring people, just didn’t know how to navigate around the recruitment processes to get a corporate career, unlike graduates whose family have a background in such organisations.

We are going to fix this.

We team up with leading businesses across London and the UK to run 9 month coaching relationships where you get partnered with a business leader to work on your development and life goals – plus you’ll be developing them! During this time, you will set goals and your coach will help you achieve them, be they getting into the corporate world, starting your own business, starting a post-grad course.

Our programmes start at different points of the year. Join the Arrival Network and you be notified of when coaching programmes open up, and get careers tips, events and other opportunities.

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