successI’ve been asked, although, I will say less frequently than in prior years, what does a career coach do?  How can they help me?  Why would I use one? Good questions to ask.

When we think of coaches we many times, go straight to the sports coaches. How and what do they do as a coach? They help the athlete and the team learn new skills and enhance the skills they have for the ultimate goal, winning.

In the non-sports world various types of coaches have evolved; life coaching, grief coaching, career coaching, college coaching. Each having their core focus on moving a client forward. We do not discuss the past much only as it applies to your future goals. Here is a quick definition of some of the types of coaching available. Many more exist that what are listed. Many coaches specialize in unique areas.

Life coaching; focuses on your overall state of mind and general life goals. May include health, fitness, organization, relationships, life satisfaction.

Grief coaching; focuses after the trauma and enough time has passed that the individual is ready to look forward, grief coaches come in to support and encourage and help you to see a new future pasted the grief.

College coaching; focuses on students looking for just that perfect college. Where should they go and how will it fit them as a person and young adult. Works closely with the student and parents and has a tremendous amount of knowledge in college admissions.

Career coaching; provides a firm foundation of support and resources to individuals developing, managing, or transitioning their careers. It combines professional development with career management. Many times coaches come from an extensive business or counseling background. It too is future focus on career next steps.

Executive coaching; focus clients towards specific professional goals. These include career transition, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organizational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict, and building an effective team within an organization.

You see that there are many types of coaches for various types of needs. What is your need? How do you want to be supported, encouraged, and held accountable to your goals? Choose the area of need then begin speaking to various coaches in that field. Get a sense of their style, programs, and how they work. Find a coach that resonates with who you are and what you are looking to achieve.

If you need referrals for various types of coaches, let me know ( I have many colleagues that I am happy to let you know about in various areas of coaching.