Tell us a little about yourself?
I am an ICF certified career and executive coach who just graduated from the University of Warwick with a master’s in Career Development and Coaching Studies as a Chevening Scholar. I split my time between Moscow, Russia, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I work with CEOs and managers from a range of multinational companies to help them to grow professionally and achieve their goals.
How did you choose career coaching?
I have long been interested in helping people to bring their passions to bear in their work. This interest initially led me to pursue undergraduate degrees in business and psychology in the U.K. and in Mongolia. In 2011, while pursuing my second degree, I joined a foreign-owned recruitment agency, Mongolia Talent Network (MTN), in Ulaanbaatar. At MTN, I was responsible for recruiting for global companies throughout Asia. In my two years as a recruiter, I was highly successful, constantly hitting performance targets and earning bonuses. Eventually, however, I came to feel as though something was missing from my career. I enjoyed connecting our candidates to new opportunities but felt as though it wasn’t enough: I wanted to do more to help people to make better, more fulfilling career choices.
With one of the co-founders of MTN, I helped to establish a new venture, The Shackleton Group, focused on training and—to a greater extent in my case—executive coaching. In that role, I coached executives from several of our global recruitment clients. I also began my journey towards accreditation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I am the first Mongolian to become an ICF Professional Certified Coach.
In 2017, I began to fully dedicate myself to coaching, working with the Shackleton Group as well as BTS Coach, one of the world's largest coaching companies. Serving as a coach to a wide variety of clients—from managers to top-level executives—helped me to realize the vital importance of concepts and theories of career development to the coaching process, and made we want to inform my practice with a solid intellectual framework. This led me to pursue an M.A. in Career Development and Coaching Studies at Warwick University as a Chevening Scholar. Warwick’s master’s program is unique in the world in its specific focus on coaching.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
It is so important to reach out to new people, even if doing so is outside of your comfort zone. When you’re first starting out, there’s so much to learn and speaking with people who’ve spent the time to accumulate experience is the best way to understand a new industry or a career path. I strongly recommend making a habit out of scheduling time each week to meet people from whom you can learn new things. But you should also take time afterwards to reflect on what these conversations mean to you. Remember that you’re not trying to copy someone else’s life.
What is most important for you?
For me, personal growth is absolutely vital. Regardless of the demands of your schedule and outside circumstances, be sure to make time for what really matters to you. For me, it’s reading and learning new skills. Connected with this is the need to prioritize your time and to develop the confidence and skill to say ‘no’ when necessary. Very often, I observe people—especially those at the start of their careers—agreeing to do whatever is asked of them, regardless of the impact that it will have on their mental health and well-being. To prevent stress and burnout, it’s important to be able to speak up when something is too much.
What are you most excited about for the future?
I am greatly excited about the ability of technology to enhance connections between coaches and other counselors with their clients. With coaching and professional training, a lot of engagement is already online. This trend will not only continue, but advances in such areas as machine learning—which can, for example, improve the process of matching coach with coachee, can make engagement far more effective. More broadly, I expect these advances to play a great role in advancing mental health, as it will allow professionals to reach individuals who have traditionally been unable to access their services, due to issues of time, distance, or cost.
How do we get in touch if we want to know more?
You can reach me via email at email@example.com or on LinkedIn.