By: Iulian Ionita (UK)

There are two booming industries nowadays: Coaching and IT. Let’s find out how they might work together!

The IT industry continues to be a booming one. An area that is constantly innovating and attracts the best talents. As this industry continues to grow, apart from the need for specialists in various technologies, there is also a need for people to manage these specialists. Team Leaders, Managers or Project Managers that know how to effectively use the talents and resources of the company.

The jump to a management position requires a different set of competencies and abilities and therefore an effort from both the organisation and those who are in these positions or are preparing for them to develop these skills. The tools which organisations have at their disposal vary – training, mentoring, follow-up sessions after the training, moving between various departments and the list can go on. In this article we will talk about one of these tools and that is coaching.

Coaching programs for IT professionals are rather the result of a series of factors, personal choices, support for Agile and Project Management systems or an effect of learning and internal transformation within companies. However the need for coaching is on the rise and will no doubt create trends in terms of demand in the following years – no matter which business areas we talk about or what challenges people face in their private lives. Still, we must be aware of certain aspects.

Source: iCN Issue 18  (Career Coaching); pages 41-42