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What is Career Coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines professional coaching as an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.

My – and my Associates’ – job is to be a coach and career strategist and to be a practically-invisible support to our clients; with the understanding that our clients are unique, intelligent and resourceful, we know that our clients often have everything they need to develop – maybe even without help and support – their own solutions. Through our dialogue, they ultimately find what works for them to create the life they choose.

What does that mean?

As your career coach, we are dedicated to supporting, challenging and showing you ways to discover what will enable you to create the life you choose. We will help you identify ways to overcome obstacles, increase your skill levels and make decisions that will enable you to design your life, work and relationships to be what you envision. Once we identify obstacles, we work through situations in which those obstacles may be hindering your ability to lead the life you choose. We delve into issues ranging from job search quandaries, management and organization complexities, major life transitions such as divorce or becoming a parent, life balance and decision making strategies.

How does career coaching work?

After an initial two-hour meeting (in person or over the phone), we usually schedule phone meetings three times per month for forty to forty-five minutes each call (other coaching call package options are available). Together, within that regular phone meeting, we look at an array of dynamics and ultimately uncover ways for you to move forward, to focus on what is important to you. We look for your homework and hold you accountable to do what we’ve agreed to. The consistency of our work together results in action, and actions that lead to striking results.

What makes me a “Career Coach” and “Career Strategist”?

After 10 years of working as a career counselor I realized that my clients and I would identify self-limiting beliefs or actions as we addressed career issues. I found that my clients wanted and needed assistance and support with issues of self-presentation and self-esteem that had far reaching implication for their work and their life. Addressing these beliefs or actions is often key to resolving career and life issues.

I came to realize that I wanted other techniques to assist my clients to overcome the things that held them back in a whole range of areas in their lives. This natural progression made sense – to think we can carve ‘career’ issues out of our life as a thing separate from the rest of our lives doesn’t really make sense.

Now I tell clients that in our work we will look at their career, and all areas of their lives, to see what needs attention to get them where they want to go. We may actually heal issues, but we’re working on taking effective action to move them forward.

We will pay attention to how you present yourself to others – verbally and non-verbally – and how to move you past blockages and patterns that have held you back so we can see you move into previously unseen possibilities and realities. It’s a great joy to see client transform their lives, sometimes with great effort, sometimes not. Our clients are all motivated, able individuals who choose to have this guidance and support. We don’t have a ‘magic bullet’ to solve and find career issues. We do walk with our clients into new territories that offer them satisfaction they hoped for.

Career Coaching vs. Therapy


  1. Focuses on healing and understanding.
  2. Emphasizes past and present.
  3. Is insight oriented.
  4. Is problem oriented.
  5. Explores genesis of behaviors that create low self-esteem.
  6. Asks “why, and from where?”
  7. Works mainly with internal issues.
  8. Encourages transference as a therapy tool.
  9. Accountability is not commonly expected.
  10. Uses therapy techniques.

Career Coaching

  1. Focuses on evolving and manifesting potential. Healing is a side effect.
  2. Emphasizes present and future.
  3. Is action and “being” oriented.
  4. Is solution oriented.
  5. Explores actions and behaviors that manifest high self-esteem.
  6. Asks “what’s next/what now?”
  7. Works mainly with external issues.
  8. Discourages transference as inappropriate.
  9. Accountability is commonly expected.
  10. Uses coaching skills.

What are your options?

One-on-One Career Coaching & StrategyInterview & Resume Coaching
Mindfulness CoachingExecutive Coaching & Organizational Development
Coaching for College Seniors

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