Are you looking for a career coach, but can't afford the cost on your own? We could all benefit from coaching, but it can be a big expense to cover. Many organizations actually offer a career growth and development fund that will cover the costs of coaching. If you haven't looked into this, you should!
Below is an email template you can use when reaching out to leadership for approval.
Dear [Insert manager’s name],
I am reaching out to discuss growing my personal development and leadership skills through working with a career coach. I am eager to participate in weekly or bi-weekly sessions with a coach to work on goal setting, building confidence and gaining life long career skills to help me reach my organizational potential here.
I'm aware of the professional development stipend our organization provides and I'm hoping this can be used towards career coaching.
I appreciate your time in reviewing this request. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to discussing it further.
Even if your organization doesn't have a formal career growth and development fund, it's still worth asking your manager if they'd be willing to reimburse your sessions. Your work with a career coach only makes you a stronger contributor to your organization and your leadership team should support that!