You need a career coach if you:
- Just graduated from college and need help landing your first job
- Love your career and need help moving up the ladder
- Want a new career and need help with the transition
- Struggle with work-life balance and need help ironing things out
In other words, pretty much everyone needs a career coach. What varies is when and why.
We get little-to-no education in school on how to successfully manage a career and everything that goes with it. Yet, we graduate expected to have it all figured out.
Instead, we struggle and blame ourselves for it.
A career coach can help you connect the dots and find a healthier perspective. Because they not only received the career education you missed; they’ve devoted their lives to it.
Think of all the people you hire to do things because they’re better at it than you – from electricians and plumbers, to accountants and lawyers. Is it really so much of a stretch to hire someone to help you with something as consequential to everything else as your career?
More than a job coach who gives career advice for short-term challenges, a career coach is an expert devoted to your long-term career success and personal fulfillment.
As with any profession, there are some career coaches who are better at their job than others. But trying to assign a “best” descriptor to just one of them isn’t helpful. After all, one person cannot provide one-on-one coaching to all of us.
The more practical question to ask is this: “Who is the best career coach for me?”
And the answer to that question is someone whose vision excites you…whose style inspires you…whose interest in you is authentic and clear.
A career coach does the things that are hard to do for yourself:
- She identifies your counterproductive behavior patterns too close for you to see
- She recognizes and helps develop strengths you don’t even know you have
- She listens for your successes and she points them out
It starts with getting to know you in an introductory meeting and progresses with individualized coaching sessions that are clearly defined, but flexible enough, for achieving your goals.
Ask questions that will give you a good grasp on their credibility, style, and services:
- How did career coaching help you?
- How long have you been coaching?
- Are you certified?
- Can I see references?
- What’s your coaching approach?
- What will I get and what will it cost?
- Beyond that, pay attention to what they’re asking you.
The more a career coach wants to know – about your background, your challenges, your goals – the more likely they’ll be a good fit.
As with any kind of service, there is a range of prices for career coaches, from $___ to $___ per session. Where any one coach falls within this range will depend on their certification, years of experience, location, and how they structure their packages. Here’s what I charge. [link to Packages]
Whether you know exactly what you want to do next – or you just know you need a change – career transition coaching helps you make it happen:
- Identify and strengthen your talents
- Explore new career options
- Map out a lucrative career path
- Find work with people who share your passion
- Do your best on the new job
- Whatever your level of career certainty, career transition coaching can help.
It’s a good time to hire a career coach when you:
- Aren’t sure what you want to do next
- Know what you want, but aren’t sure how to get there
- Landed the job of your dreams, but still feel unfulfilled
- Have trouble communicating with your supervisor, employees, or peers
- Feel stuck in a job you hate
- Can’t find your purpose
The sooner you hire a career coach, the sooner you can stop bearing the weight of these problems alone.
No matter how much you talk with your family and friends about work, it’s no substitute for the benefits you get with a career coach.
With a career coach, you:
- Get unbiased feedback
- Discover and change unhelpful behavior patterns
- Learn how to strengthen your talents
- Set and achieve objectives for career advancement
- Position yourself to get promoted and make more money in the process
- Empower yourself on the job
- Improve work-life balance
A good career coach is an expert in all these things, trained to bring them all together into an individualized career path for realizing your full potential.
Right here, of course. If you’re in the New York, New Jersey area, then our office is very close. We’re located in Midtown Manhattan across the street from Bryant Park and only a few blocks away from Grand Central Station.
If you’re a little farther away, no problem. Thanks to Skype, you can have face-to-face sessions with our career coach from anywhere. Let’s Get Started.