What to Expect from a Career Coach?

Stuck in a rut at work? Trying your best in your career but getting nowhere fast?

In need of some advice and guidance to put you back on the right path again?

It sounds like you may need to boost your career by hiring a career coach; and if you care to read on, I will tell you how…

Coaches can instantly boost careers

“What is the point in a business or career coach?” I hear you ask. The truth is that a good coach can turn your life around. They can get you out of that rut or even just get you on the right track for the promotion that you have been dreaming of. They can improve lots of areas where your skills need work. This makes you a better fit for the job you want, helping you get more from your career.

How do they do this? A good coach will boost your self-esteem and help your confidence level. They can rekindle your passion for your job and maybe even fast-track you on the path to success. The coach will work with you to improve your career by identifying problem areas. You can then fine-tune these aspects!

Why would I need a career coach?

A career coach will help boost your career by focusing on key points, some of these are listed here:

Help understand the job market

Out of work at the moment? The right advice can get you back on the market and making money again in no time!

Help prepare for interviews

Interviews are hard to even for the most clued up…career coaching can help you nail that interview first time, every time!

Related: 25 Great Phone Interview Tips

Help with your resume, cover letter or letter of interest

If you are not a natural born writer then these things can be difficult. A career coach will know all the most up-to-date ways to make your work pop.

Related: How Long Should a Cover Letter Be

Switching career

A good career coach can fill you in on everything you need to plan to do so.


If you are shy in public then you need a career coach to boost your career.

Starting your own business

This is a tedious process you may need advice on.

As well as those items above the right coach can also help you get back into College. They might help manage your online business accounts – and even work out the online world.

To boost your career a coach will do two things:

1. They will help you understand how the working world operates

This means that they can guide you through the world of occupations no matter what area of business your career is in. Helping you understand the rules of the game makes you better armed with the knowledge you need to go far.

2. A career coach will help you understand your own self as a business tool

This means identifying areas where you need to do better and learning to play the game to your strengths. The ability to be the ideal worker is in everyone… but knowing how to bring it out is a career coach’s specialty.

…And apply various methods

A career coach who knows their stuff will make self-assessment an important part of their process. They will go on to use a variety of teaching/learning methods which will help you grow towards your goals.

Some of the methods they might use are as follows:

  • Directive career coaching – where you learn about the industry you want to work in.
  • Non-directive career coaching – where the main focus is yourself and how you can improve.
  • Eclectic career coaching – which is a mix of both and arguably the most effective.

As well as dividing career coaching into the above categories we also know that they use different areas of expertise to make your working life better:

  • Educational career coaching looks at your education level and helps you to apply yourself to gaining more qualifications.
  • Vocational career coaching is more geared towards making more of your working life.
  • Placement career coaching helps you get the dream job you always wanted but were too afraid to reach for!

How to choose the right career coach for you?

Now that we have convinced you that you need a career coach in your life, we need to tell you how to spot a good one. Look out for education: a good coach will have a degree in counseling, an NCDA certificate, an ISF certificate, and a BCC credential. If your chosen coach doesn’t have this pick another.

You can hire an online or an offline career coach. Whichever you choose DO speak with them in person, either face-to-face or over video chat. Online hiring is a great way to work, but don’t get caught out! Vet your new career coach like you would before hiring any other employee.

How much should a career coach cost to hire?

A session with a career coach should not cost more than $500 (for a large task and a long session). I would suggest you don’t pay more than the $150 mark. Prices start from around $75 – but keep in mind that “cheap” does not always mean “good.”

If you use the qualifications above and add it to the cost of your coach, you should arrive at a $150 price mark. Those charging more are likely not the most honest. Those charging less are giving advice too cheap and might be con artists. Beware of paying for bad advice.

The first steps towards the job of your dreams are well within your grasp… …Will you answer the call, or will you let the phone ring out?

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Bijan Kholghi is a career and life coach with special psychological education in hypno-systemic coaching.

His teacher Dr. Gunther Schmidt is the founder of Milton Erickson Institute in Heidelberg (Germany), a direct student of Milton H. Erickson, and a leading figure in psychotherapy education in Europe. His highly effective coaching and therapy method help people getting aware of their unconscious pattern and gaining control over them. This leads to a more fulfilled and happier life.