I’m going to college. Do I need a Career Coach?

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I’m going to college. Do I need a Career Coach?

Fortune magazine said: Do you have a career coach? If not, you could be limiting your success.  A ten-year study of coaching at Amoco, now part of British Petroleum, resulted in the finding that those who received coaching earned on average 50% higher salary increase.

Monster.com listed 4 reasons to get a career coach.  They are:

  • You feel unfulfilled

  • You don’t know who to trust

  • You’ve been job shopping without direction

  • You’re not advancing

As you can see, there are a multitude of reasons someone may utilize the services of a career coach.

So, do you need a career coach?  Certainly you want one!

The real question is, What is a career coach? There is a big difference between career counselors or consultants and career coaches.  A career coach has professional training in the Core Competencies of a coach from the International Coach Federation, ICF, as well as the ICF Code of Ethics.  Whereas a career counselor or consultant will tell you what to do and how to do it, a career coach will put you in charge of choosing what you want and how to achieve it with the coaching process.

Sometimes working with someone who offers career counseling, consulting, training, and coaching is smart.  Ask about the different roles and choose a coach who clearly differentiates what they offer in terms of coach training, coaching experience, and the coaching process.

* Originally posted on #CenterforCoachingCertification by #CathyLiska.