I am looking to make a career change, but have no idea where or how to start. A family member suggested I meet with a career coach or counselor. I’m not sure what a career coach does or what questions I should ask. What should I expect?
Looking for a new job is hard. Most job seekers can benefit from talking with a career coach. Besides helping you connect with employers, a career coach can help you to clarify the type of job you want. A coach can help you understand your career identity.
Before you visit a career coach, you can take one of several career assessments available for free online to give you some ideas of what your next move might be. mySkills myFuture compares the skills you use in your current or past job with other potential occupations. You can also try some of the interest and skills assessments linked here.
You can find a private career coach or licensed counselor through the National Career Development Association or one of its state affiliates,such as the Minnesota Career Development Association. For free employment services, connect with a community organization or your local American Job Center.
Choose a coach who has experience helping job seekers in your chosen field, or who have similar life circumstances as you (veterans, ex-offenders, people with disabilities, etc.).
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