Why should you have a Career Coach?

We often see the term “coach” and think athletics or using a trainer at the gym to help us fit into that little black dress.  Yet we rarely think about a career coach to help guide us through our pursuit of a better life at work. Let’s face it: as a job seeker we only have so much knowledge of how to polish our resumes, putting the perfect cover letter together to get the attention of a hiring manager, and finding different ways to network. This is why having an experienced career coach who focuses on your success will help so much once you finish your education or certification program.

Many schools or universities offer “career coaching” as a part of their enrollment processes, but what is a career coach exactly, and what should you be looking for in a coach?  The bottom line is a career coach should help you assess your professional situation with a good amount of honesty, curiosity, empathy and compassion. With the normal amount of anxiety that comes with the job search, your career coach should help you feel comfortable and inspire you to press on. The largest part of a career coach’s job is to bring you out of your shell and help you understand that just submitting your resume to online job search engines will not give you the kind of return you want. Career coaching is extremely personal so make sure you do your research before you commit.

Here are a few questions you should ask during your research:

  1. Just like with a sports coach you want to know their win/loss record. If you are talking to a school or university, ask what their career services statistics are and get them to show you the following: what is your student graduation rate, success in passing certification exams, and their career statistics. If you want to learn more look up Gainful Employment Regulation Act.
  2. Find out what their career path has been like. You want to make sure that the person who is coaching you had both coaching experience and real world experience as well.
  3. Geographic location is another option for you to look at. With technology like Skype this opens the opportunity for you to choose a coach that you are more comfortable with anywhere in the world. This is your own preference so make sure you are comfortable with your choice.
  4. Interview your top two to three picks. Ask about the following: fees, rates (they may vary from $50 to $300 per hour), how often you will meet, and for how long. Most coach-client relationships last from six months to a year.
  5. Weather it is a school or a career coach you need to ask what is included in with their “experience”. It should include some of the following: goal setting, time management, study skills, and finding your motivation to push through while you are in school or looking for that dream job.
  6. If you are working with your school or university, then there are also a few important questions you should ask and have answers to. Will they help you build a solid resume? If there are certification requirements involved ask them how they can help you. Are there hands-on job experience opportunities they can help you with like externships or internships? Will they teach you how to market yourself and network? Also, find out if they will set up mock interview sessions with you to prepare you for that job interview.
  7. More than anything chemistry and connection with your coach should be top on your list. You will have to be comfortable with sharing intimate details of your life with your coach, so it’s important that you like them and see them as an equal.

World Education.net and our partner universities will assign our students a dedicated career coach from Day 1 who will assist them with a success plan from training to a fulfilling career. We offer our graduates career development assistance up to 1 year after course completion to make sure they are on track and find that dream job!

For more information on World Education.net and our accredited 100% online career training programs contact us toll free at 1-855-201-6910 or go to www.worldeducation.net.

About the Author

This article was written by Liz Wheeler