Guest Blogger: Maggie French
ICFNE members, Bonnie Petrovich, Dawn Quesnel, Clare Harlow and I, are participants in an on-going project through MIT-Sloan and The Institute for Career Transitions (ICT, founded by scholars: Ofer Sharone and Michelle Rosin). The aim is to study and help ameliorate the issue of long-term unemployment (job-seekers not finding new work for 6 months or more).
A conference was held on May 6th at MIT to report initial research findings and hear from nationwide experts in the field. The changes in the employment world since 2009 have resulted in a large, and persistent number, of talented, experienced, skilled individuals searching longer than six-months — sometimes just to get a single interview — full-time employment often taking often much longer. Why? The better question, “What can be done?” That is the question Ofer Sharone, PhD; Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, is doing what he can to answer.
The four of us were part of a group of 40 volunteer coaches to participate in a three-month project to study the benefit of coaching in the search and procurement of employment. It was quite an honor and opportunity to be part of such important work.
While we already know the benefits of coaching to personal and professional success, as members of ICF New England, we were so glad to demonstrate the power of professional coaching to career-transition success. The final statistics are still in review; initial results say we are truly onto something that each of you already know . . . coaching provides support to real results!
Preliminary results: Percentage of participants who gained employment during three months of project.
Control Group: 18%
Participating Group: 30% (with coaching)