What is Career Coaching, anyway?Career Coaching has been around for decades in the business world, and it's finally starting to gain a foothold among creatives in this hyper-competitive market. And it's about time! Just as musicians spend thousands of hours in private lessons over the years to become better on their instruments, people across many career fields invest in career coaching, which may take the form of individualized counseling, group classes, specialized conferences, or a combination of all three, to hone their business skills and advance in their careers. Career coaches give advice on their topic of expertise with counseling techniques that support their clients in making complex career decisions and facing difficult challenges.
In the past, such practical advice might have been doled out sparingly in private lessons just before applying to graduate schools or taking orchestra auditions, but this advice was often limited in scope and depth. In our current, hyper-competitive musical climate, we are now seeing the emergence of a new, music-specific career coach.
I started Nicole Riner Career Coaching for Musicians in March of 2018 out of a desire to provide affordable, timely advice to help musicians take the next step in creating their unique portfolio careers. It stemmed from my experience working in academia, orchestras and recording studios; developing and promoting a private studio; founding and managing a chamber group and booking national concert tours; performing internationally as a soloist and chamber musician with corporate sponsorship; and leading non-profit groups in the arts, all just to survive in this business! (And along the way I realized this kind of flexibility was exactly what I wanted most in my life.) After doling out advice on the side for years to friends, friends of friends, and students, I realized there is still a need for more artists acting as official guides in our field.
Top 10 ways you can benefit from career coaching
- Finding passion and purpose: who are you going to be?
- Introduction to financial planning: how to get yourself ready to quit your day job
- Creating your personal brand
- Fight your fear: overcoming performance anxiety, shyness, and hushing your inner critic
- Grant writing for the uninitiated
- Painless networking strategies
- Time management strategies
- Getting started: promoting your group and booking tours
- Developing a winning job application
- Practicing your killer interview skills (mock interview experience)