"I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." – Jon Stewart
How Much Does Career Coaching Cost?
When it comes to hiring a career coach, or any coach for that matter, the amount depends on a few different factors. Career coaching fees vary considerably from coach to coach, and are usually based on the coach’s experience, background and training. Often career coaches will have a background in human resources, recruitment, hiring, resume writing, etc and may also be trained and certified in a variety of career assessments that aid in their process. In this case, the coach may charge a higher rate due to the return on investment (ROI) you will receive from working with them.
Here are some things to consider:
Career coaching hourly rates vary
Generally speaking, coaches with more experience and training charge more than coaches who are just starting out. Most coaches typically charge in the range of $75 to $250 per hour, however you can find coaches that fall outside of that range.
When a coach is just starting out, they may charge little to no money for their sessions as they gain valuable experience and hours towards their certification.
Some career coaches also offer a sliding scale or keep a couple of openings for low income or pro bono clients.
Career coaches frequently offer monthly packages
While you can get some value from a single career coaching session, the real benefit of hiring a career coach is experienced through an ongoing relationship aimed at achieving your goals and creating long-term positive change in your life. To support their clients in achieving their goals from start to finish, career coaches will often offer a comprehensive monthing coaching package that includes things like:
career and personality assessments scheduled one-on-one coaching sessions email and text message support between-session homework online tools such as journalling, goal tracking and accountability software
Investing in hiring a career coach isn't for everyone and really depends on your goals and what you'd like to achieve in your professional life. It's a considerable investment of time and money. Many coaches will ask for a three to six month commitment to ensure your success so you're looking at spending, on average, somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500. So if you are thinking about hiring a life coach, it's important that you are ready to put in the time, energy and investment into it and be willing to do the work required of you. There are endless possibilities to what you can achieve with the right career coach, as long as you are ready to take action.
So, whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or nearing the end of your career, here are five ways hiring a career coach is beneficial for your short- and long-term career success.
1. Help You Recognize Your Value as a Professional
A huge part of a career coach’s job is to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as a professional and an individual. In doing so, you will gain insight into the combination of skills and abilities that you (and no one else) bring to the table. Knowing your worth as a professional will help you tremendously during the job searching process, as well as when it comes time to negotiate a salary that is fitting for your skills set.
2. Help You Establish a Career Path, Not Just a Job
Career coaches are trained to get to know you as an individual first, then a professional second. The reason for this is because many people choose their careers based on earning potential, discovering later on that they are unhappy, unfulfilled, and miserable. A career coach is there to take your personality, qualifications, and passions, then help you to find a career that is challenging, promising, and fulfilling.
3. Build Your Confidence in Your Career and Yourself
In order to have a successful career, you absolutely must have confidence in yourself and your abilities, which is why recognizing your value (No. 1 above) is so crucial in your career. By hiring a career coach, you’re able to get an outsider’s perspective on how and why you stand out from your peers (a.k.a. the rest of the competition). Moreover, by having a better understanding of what you want out of your career (No. 2 above), you will be more confident in asking for help to get you where you want to be, now and later.
4. Keep You Accountable and Motivated
Like a good personal trainer, a good career coach wants you to reach your full potential and attain your goals. Therefore, a career coach will be there to motivate you, track your progress, and check in on you to ensure that you’re doing what you should be doing to get where you want and need to be in your career. By having that accountability, you are less likely to stray from your intended career path and more likely to work harder to reach your intended goals.
5. Help You Navigate Through Difficult Career Decisions
It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter at least one huge, make-or-break situation in your career and want someone trustworthy to help you navigate through the decision-making process. Can you guess who that might be? You’ve got it: a career coach.
Asking your friends and loved ones about monumental career decisions isn’t always the best option, mainly because they’re biased and probably going to tell you what you want to hear. A career coach, on the other hand, will have your best interests in mind and give you advice accordingly.