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What is a life coach?

A professional, accredited life coach works with people to help them make important changes in their life, either growing in their profession or changing gears in their personal lives. They help clients turn their dreams or wishes into realistic, attainable goals. They guide people through the process of making life changes by helping them evaluate the steps they must take to reach a particular goal, then help them decide how — and whether — to take those steps in the most efficient, effective and rewarding way possible. A life coach acts as a motivator, strategist and accountability partner. Unlike a therapist, a life coach doesn’t help solve problems from your past — they’re focused on helping you move forward with new ways of acting and thinking that will help you reach your goals. Some people specialize in particular types of life coaching, including life balancing coaches, small business coaches, executive coaches and personal finance coaches. Some meet clients in person, while others hold consultations over the phone.

Regardless of which type of life coach you’re interested in, make sure the person holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential. There are three tiers of credentials: Associate, Professional and Master, which require coaching experience ranging from 100 hours to 2,500 hours.

What is a career coach?

If you’re interested in furthering your career and want expert help, a career coach is a smart solution. A career coach is a professional you hire to guide you during a job search or a career transition, or to help you improve and advance in your current position. A career coach analyzes your work situation and learns what your professional goals are. They then create a strategy to help you achieve your targets. Throughout the process they should provide objective feedback and guide you in approaching the process strategically. Here are some of the tools and tasks a career coach may assist you with:

  • Helping you build a strong resume that reflects your work history, potential, and skills
  • Coaching for interviews and strategies for solid answers built around your resume and the target job
  • Defining your career goals
  • Creating a plan for job searching
  • Improving networking strategies and skills
  • Developing strategies for negotiating raises or promotions
  • Assessing why you’re not getting where you want to go
  • Identifying new positions or career opportunities that fit your skills

Why is career counseling important?

Career counseling can help you discover your career path, help you overcome challenges preventing you from finding happiness in your job, or help you learn more about career opportunities that are available to you. Career counselors are typically counselors who specialize in helping guide people into their best career choices. As professionals, they have typically completed a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career counseling and bring a nuanced understanding of the emotional blocks that prevent someone from doing what they love or getting ahead in their current position. Here are some of the ways that career counseling can help:

  • Identify your skills and talents and how they correlate to different career paths
  • Educate you about the educational requirements for launching in various careers and what earnings can look like
  • Help you understand the kind of environment you want to work in, and which careers are best suited for that
  • See opportunities to transfer your existing skill set to other career areas
  • Help you identify causes of tension or unhappiness in your current career and how to overcome those difficulties
  • Help you create a game plan for moving forward
  • Provide a safe space for you to understand your feelings about career choices you’re making

What is a career counselor?

If you’re feeling lost in your career path, overwhelmed, in need of a job but confused as where to start, or ready for change but uncertain what you want, a career counselor is a good choice for you. A career counselor is typically a licensed professional who has earned a master’s degree in counseling — likely with an emphasis on career counseling. Each state has different licensing requirements for career counselors, so be sure to research before reaching out to a pro.

Due to their academic backgrounds, career counselors often have a more holistic and in-depth approach than a career coach. Career coaches are not regulated by states and also tend to be more business-focused — a good fit for those who know what they want but need help achieving it. On the other hand, a career counselor provides guidance and clarity around some of the more emotional aspects that job hunting and career movement entail. Career counselors meet with you in a series of one-on-one sessions. They assess your personality and learn what drives you. They get a detailed understanding of your work history and your hopes, and often work to help you discover any internal blocks preventing you from going where you want to go. Hiring a career counselor is appropriate at any time in your career, from recent graduate to executive-level management.

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

When it’s time to take your career to the next level, it’s time to hire a career coach. The cost to have a career coach help you with your professional journey will vary based on how many sessions you require, the level of coaching you desire, and the rates of the coach as determined by their experience, expertise, education and training. On average, career coaching sessions can range from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the professional and what your needs are. Career coaches in smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living will also typically have lower rates than those residing in large metro areas like New York, although most do offer remote coaching. Many coaches also offer a free introductory consultation, which gives you the opportunity to determine if their personality and coaching style are the right fit. It’s helpful to ask the coach about their relevant experience and get references from former clients. Depending on the professional, session rates could range anywhere from under $60 to well over $250 per session. Package discounts are a good way to commit to the relationship as well as get savings on services.

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

A career coach provides one-on-one sessions to help you reach your career goals or overcome any challenges you’re having in your career path. The cost to have career coaching can vary based on factors such as the number of sessions you purchase at one time and the experience and rates of your counselor. Career counselors are typically professionals who have earned at least a master’s degree in their field. Based on their academic background, supplemental certifications they have received, and any postdoctoral work they have done, their rates may vary. Typically career counselors offer reduced rates when you sign on for their services on an ongoing basis. A typical price range for career counseling services (nationally) could be $75-$150 per session. Remember to always ask if the career counselor offers a complimentary introductory session. You want to make sure the relationship will be the right personality and counseling style fit to help launch your confidence and upcoming career changes.

Why get a life coach?

People of all ages and in all careers have called in a life coach. Life coaches are accredited professionals who can help you figure out the tangible changes you can make in your life to reach your goals; they can even help you turn your dreams into goals, if you’re not sure where to go next. A life coach can also help people find their purpose in life. Life coaching clients often have an idea of what they want to do, such as help people or work with animals, but don’t know how to turn that passion into a career. A life coach can help clients work through the options to find a clear path with concrete steps that lead to an attainable goal. A life coach can also help clients make a major career change, such as starting a new business. Life coaches can help clients develop better habits that will make them more successful, acting as an accountability partner. Life coaches also often guide their clients through major transitions in life, such as a career change or other stressful situations that are made easier with guidance from a neutral third party.

How much does a life coach cost?

A life coach helps clients set and reach professional and personal goals, develop positive habits, and deal with stress. Some people meet with a life coach once or twice, while others form an ongoing professional relationship, meeting regularly in person or on the phone. The average national cost to meet with a life coach ranges from $80 to $130 an hour. Some coaches offer per-session pricing, especially for one-time meetings; expect to pay an average of $100-$125. People who want to work with a coach over a period of time to explore life transitions, career growth or lifestyle changes may be able to get discounted pricing in a package. For example, three 60-minute sessions cost an average of $300, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $350, and four 60- to 90-minute sessions plus unlimited contact between sessions cost an average of $400. Some specific types of coaching, such as relationship or marriage coaching, cost more than standard life coaching. For instance, three 60-minute relationship coaching sessions cost an average of $500, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $550, and six 60- to 90-minute sessions cost an average of $650 when purchased as a package. Training and experience can also affect the cost of hiring a life coach. An Associate Certified Coach, who holds a certification that requires only 60 hours of training and 100 hours of coaching experience, will charge less than a Master Certified Coach, who typically has at least 200 hours of training and 2,500 hours of coaching experience.   

Reviews for Chicago life coaches
Gloria L.
Ellen is a pleasure to work with and I am grateful to have hired her as a coach. She has helped me through my career transition and brought new clarity to my new life phase. I would highly recommend her services, if you are looking to take your career or life to its fullest potential.
EG Career, MBA - Resume + LinkedIn + InterviewEG Career, MBA - Resume + LinkedIn + Interview
Kim O.
Meridith is life changing! Having her as a coach has been pivotal to my growth. I met with so many people before deciding to choose her and I am so thankful I did. You will not regret it!
$195 hr/ Meridith Alexander /GRIT Mindset Academy$195 hr/ Meridith Alexander /GRIT Mindset Academy
Katrina C.
I did know what to expect from coaching since I was new to it. Dennis walked me through the process and gave me a perfect understanding of what it is and what to expect. Coaching with Dennis helped me to dig deep down in me and reveal who I truly am and what I want. I'm beyond happy as I was able to find answers to my questions and concerns. I'm so thankful to Dennis for guiding me through this journey. He helped me to believe in myself and trust my inner intuition. Dennis is very knowledgeable, smart and compassionate life coach! I'm beyond happy I found him!
Overwhelmed? Performance Coach for ProfessionalsOverwhelmed? Performance Coach for Professionals
Jacqueline L.
I’ve been seeing Astera/Silver Star Reiki for several years now and her healing techniques and support have changed my life FOR THE BETTER! She has seen me through the passing of both of my parents and through a few career transitions. I came to her because I wanted more life coaching than someone telling me to read books and watch videos. Her healing focuses on who I am as a whole, energetic person. She also helped me realize that taking care of myself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally on all is keyAlso that taking care of myself
Silver Star ReikiSilver Star Reiki
Diarmuid H.
I've been working with Pat for over 1 year and I must admit, it has been terrific! I sought Pat's help for my own coaching business. I have a history of starting and stop, but to this date, I am still going strong, and this outstanding. Besides the obvious help with the coaching business side of things, Pat has helped me become really aware of habits/tendency's I never knew existed that have been slowing me chronically. Furthermore, Pat has gone above and beyond to help me in situations when my person life was experiencing some turmoil. All in all, Pat is a terrific coach, he helps you stay positive, focus on what's working, overcome challenges, and believe in yourself. If Pat messages you, my suggestion is you reach out and talk to him. You won't regret it! Diarmuid
Donohue Life CoachingDonohue Life Coaching
Allison S.
I came to Elizabeth without any direction or idea what I wanted for myself. I have never tried anything like therapy or life coaching and honestly didn’t think I could make any progress. I didn’t think I had much to work with. Elizabeth proved me completely wrong and is an amazing, insightful coach. She pinpointed exactly what I need to focus on, challenged me and supported me. She is relatable and super easy to talk to. After 4 sessions I have better habits, a better mindset and believe my future is going to be positively affected. I look forward to continue to work with her. She is a breath of fresh air and amazing at what she does !
Your Highest LightYour Highest Light
Diane D.
Ellen is an amazing life coach. I was not quite sure what to expect from the process, but Ellen walked me through the steps and once the process was done I felt a clear direction and actions to take to make a new career path happen. Ellen is extremely professional and has many creative ideas to draw out the career goals I had in mind. Ellen follows up between appointments and will answer any questions promptly and with thought. If you are questioning a direction to go in or considering a new path to pursue Ellen can definitely help identify which direction you may want to go in to pursue a new career path. I can't say enough about Ellen's guidance and creative ideas to help you get started.
EG Career, MBA - Resume + LinkedIn + InterviewEG Career, MBA - Resume + LinkedIn + Interview
Jason Q.
I don't know if I can write a review of this in a way that actually sounds real, but it's all the truth. I signed up for this service at the end of March, deeply skeptical, with no job, no real prospects, and no clear path forward. They told me, in my first meeting, that in four months we would be hopefully achieving our initial goals, which included an annual salary almost double what I had made in my life. Clearly, that timeline was ridiculous, because in less than three months working with Sarah Geary, I had crossed every one of those goals off my list. My wife and I also bought our first property for good measure. If you're struggling, it probably doesn't sound that appealing, because their advice is pretty simple. Simple and easy are very different concepts, though, and if you're REALLY willing to engage and work with your coach, I have no doubt that this can pay off for you. This is the best investment I've ever made, full stop.
Eleven CoachingEleven Coaching
Jessica U.
I had no idea what I was in for when I hired Fawn 2.5 years ago. I came to her with a deep discontentment in my career and a desire to make a major shift in my path, once and for all. I knew I needed a change but I had "no good ideas" on what to do next, no sense of what would make me happy or how I would ever feel fulfilled and satisfied with my life. From the outside, I was successful and seemed to have every opportunity at my fingertips. On the inside, I was disengaged, irritated and resentful that I'd dedicated my life to society's definition of career success, that turned out to be full of politics, bad attitudes and corporate grabs that were stealing all my energy. I was worried for who I was becoming. I wanted to BE better, to LIVE better, to CONTRIBUTE in ways that filled my heart, not just my wallet. I chose Fawn out of intuition. She was the opposite of the world I was wresting with and embodied the proof that my life could be rebuilt on my own terms. On our intro call, her compassion, enthusiasm and confidence that she could support me was so refreshing, I was eager to engage just to have her energetic light infused into my days. By saying Hell Yes, I thought that I was embarking on a structured process to define my end goals, set out action items and be held accountable. In 12-16 weeks I would have a clear direction then simply move on. I was naïve, to say the least. This journey with Fawn is not about achieving a goal. It most certainly will include goal achievements, but that's not the end game. In working with Fawn, she will show you how to change the way you think, to embrace how you feel and to truly become awakened to your soul. She will encourage you to explore all facets of your life and how they are or are not serving you. She will be supportive, encouraging, and the master of holding a safe space to be vulnerable. She will connect you with your people, the type of people you didn't know are all around us. The beautiful souls that yearn for better, that are full of love and that have inspiring visions that resonate with you. Through my own journey these past couple years, I've achieved so much more than I ever had on my so-called goal list. I left my career, reclaimed ownership of my time and my thoughts, traveled extensively, served my local community, created my first entrepreneurial business, pivoted boldly into creating a second blossoming business, improved my communications, set and held my boundaries, manifested a home and workspace of my dreams, implemented healthier habits into my life, backpacked over colossal mountaintops, faced and transformed uncomfortable and undesirable aspects of my personality and created some of the sweetest and most connective friendships I've ever experienced. There isn't a single day that goes by that I'm not grateful for. When Fawn tells you she will go above and beyond your expectations as a coach, there are no truer words. She lives a mantra of Extreme Value and serves from every ounce of her being. Her dedication to researching the science behind her methods is reassuring. Her library of potent resources is seemingly endless. Her natural ability to challenge "what is" and create new realities against the status quo is inspiring. But more than all that, Fawn has a generosity and spirit in her soul that is simply unlike any other. Sometimes her intuitive gifts show up as a book on your doorstep that speaks to all the difficult things you need to face. Sometimes it’s a community group call that takes a hard pivot, throwing agenda to the wind to support *you* through a tough time while being surrounded with the love and wisdom of the tribe. Sometimes it's a fully immersive and luxurious week in a tropical villa fit for empresses to transform worlds together. Sometimes, and often, it's a simple, heartfelt, encouraging and compassionate note from Fawn when you least expect it but need it most, letting you know that you are valued, heard and your quest matters. If you simply want to achieve a goal swiftly and move on, perhaps Fawn is not the coach for you. If you want to transform your way of thinking, expand your perspective of possibilities, be inspired by incredible hearts, make major shifts in your life trajectory and take on a life-long commitment to creating your world with purpose - this is the place. You belong here.
Fawn Miller Coaching for WomenFawn Miller Coaching for Women
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