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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

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.

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.

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?

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 New York life coaches
Chrysonthia H.
Very quality life coach. Exactly the person I was looking to work with!
DFig Connects Coaching and ConsultingDFig Connects Coaching and Consulting
Michelle M.
Amazing personal life coach. Christine is very dedicated and connected to her clients needs. I enjoy speaking to her each time as her guidance has already began changing my life for the better. I am grateful for Christine!
Christine Semple WellnessChristine Semple Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
I found Coach Pat online and have been working with him via Skype for 8+ months now- and the progress that he has helped me achieve so far has been remarkable. Even though I have worked with traditional therapists in the past, Coach Pat has a way of zeroing in on the problem and asking insightful questions that help me to identify problems that I never knew existed, identifying behavior patterns and seeing a correlation in other areas of my life. Sometimes, his questions will completely throw me off balance, but the more I think about why he asked about B when I thought we were discussing A, I begin to see the connection and then a light bulb goes off in my head. I first came to Coach Pat and to life coaching due to a rut in my life, as well as escalating stress due to job stress, family conflicts and caregiving responsibilities. I attribute my strength, sanity and positive outlook on life today to Coach Pat's guidance, enlightenment and support. I am generally a thoughtful and insightful person who has done alot of work in therapy, so I believe I eventually would have gotten there... Coach Pat just has a way of speeding things up. He is a true professional and a super nice guy, to boot. Highly recommend!
Donohue Life CoachingDonohue Life Coaching
Charles M.
Deanna's coaching has brought me to a place of action and power during a chaotic time in my life. She listens intently and guides me to shift my energy to a higher level by the end of each session. Coaching with her has led me to have more grace with myself and with others. The interpersonal results of coaching with Deanna are priceless. I want to thank Deanna for blessing me with her intuitive spirit and calming soul.
DFig Connects Coaching and ConsultingDFig Connects Coaching and Consulting
Jenny M.
These are the points/benefits that I have received from my coach project with Kimberly Honrado in the past half year. 1. She is very patient, super responsible, diligent and has high expectations from me during this coach program. 2. She encourages me a lot and gives me very practical advises during my wedding preparation - a big thanks to her. 3. She always gives me 15-25 minutes extra time during each session, which is 30minutes+15 minutes at least each time -she is a very responsible coach and cares so much for her clients. 4. She seems a very good mom and highly regards her family members, while she has very high standards for her own life and works super hard. 5. She is willing to study new things, learn new things and catch up with things quickly. 6. Very thankful that on thumbtack I can found out Eleven Coaching and many other very professional companies to achieve my new goals in life. Highly recommend for Eleven Coaching.
Eleven CoachingEleven Coaching
Gina C.
Jo is warm, compassionate, supportive, encouraging and very attentive to all of your coaching needs. I am beyond happy with our overall experience. This was my first experience working with a life coach and she surpassed all expectations. Jo is extremely easy to talk to you and very knowledgeable about navigating challenging life obstacles. I was able to depend on her, trust her with her guidance and work diligently together with any issues that came my way. Lastly, Jo really cares about her clients. Her dedication was truly appreciated and I will forever be grateful for her support. Overall- Jo you were such a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Jo Vetter CoachingJo Vetter Coaching
Matthew s.
I have been working with Coach Tomi for the past 6 weeks and it has been life changing. I came to him in the middle of a very challenging personal struggle that was causing me tremendous pain. I had very little confidence, low self esteem and worried constantly about my future prospects. Coach Tomi has an incredible ability to get to the heart of any issue and work on practical solutions in his gentle-fun loving way. I leave all of our sessions feeling genuinely better and optimistic about myself and the future. Each week we come up with items to be accomplished before our next session, this keeps me on track and I can see in real time that our work together is making a difference. I am confident that you are in great hands in working with coach Tomi and will be on the path to great progress. I strongly recommend working with Coach Tomi!
Take a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomiTake a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomi
Thumbtack Customer
Gary is an outstanding Life Coach. He is insightful, and draws from a wealth of personal experiences which I can relate to. I come out of each meeting energized, and with a new prospective that I would never have gotten on my own. Living in the fast pace world of finance and constantly wanting more out of life and my career, Gary has helped me appreciate the success that I've already earned and also embrace the journey while still looking ahead to the next achievement.
Enjoy LifeEnjoy Life
Rebekah L.
I love Christine! She has become a part of me getting back into being disciplined and reaching my goals. I have had trouble (especially after Covid lockdown) getting back and staying on track to move my life and business forward. I started at 1 time per week for 6 months which I recommend for making sure you get back in the habits and being accountable for what you want in your life. She is understanding and not rigid, but on target for what you want. She is able to pivot if needed and see's the full picture for what I want, which was an issue for a previous coach. This is very important; if they dont understand the goals, you are wasting your money and time! I HIGHLY recommend her! 10 Stars out of 5!
Christine Semple WellnessChristine Semple Wellness
Shelly M.
Kathie is a kind soul and went out of her way to help me right from the get go! She is a giver, a fundamental quality I value in coaching practices. She was very attentive to me and suggested helpful ideas. While talking to her, for the first time I actually saw something very clearly (connecting the dots) about my life journey - what I have been going through is preparing me to offer my services to others. Thank you Kathie for taking time out to connect with me and share valuable resources with me.
From Within Personal & Professional Life CoachingFrom Within Personal & Professional Life Coaching
Julie Z.
I could write a complete memoir around my experience with Fawn. Before I get into it, I want to be very straightforward: Fawn: -Incredibly smart with huge range of knowledge in counseling and resources -Infinitely compassionate -Super easy to talk to and considerate of me -My biggest cheerleader (I'm talking up there next to my mom) -Worth every penny Me: (and you, future client!) -Stuck / Confused / Unhappy -Willing to be utterly honest with Fawn and myself -Open to making big and small lifestyle changes -Committed to spend as much reasonable time on coaching exercises and reading -(4 months later) Crazy in love with myself and so proud to have embarked on this journey to create my HELL YES life I liken my experience with Fawn to be, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." (Buddha) I was in a really tough place in my life, feeling like I had no direction or even a compass to guide me. Fawn struck me with a phrase in her bio that said that she helps women who feel like they are stuck. I totally identified with that. I knew that something needed to change in my life. I originally reached out with the intent that it would be my career, but working with Fawn became so much more. With her guidance and support I have made incredible changes in my life, self-appreciation, discipline, relationships, spirituality, and happiness. We started unpacking the deepest of deep limiting beliefs that I had about myself. In no way would I describe this process as easy, but the payoff is oh so sweet. I have personal testimonies from the people around me (some of who don't know that I'm working with a coach) that recognize a change in my daily happiness. One of the MANY things I have loved about working with Fawn is her ability to zero in on what I need. She has incredible knowledge combined with a natural intuition of how to help her clients grow. Even if I didn't know what I would accomplish on a given call, it was her talent and expertise that helped me each step along the way. She introduced me to new methods of communication and taught me many exercises that I will continue to use whenever I am faced with challenging situations for the rest of my life. She also recommends great books :) Another area of note where I noticed a huge change in the course of my coaching with Fawn is my self-discipline. I was really struggling with accomplishing anything that felt like "work". (Outside of work.) I was a writer that hadn't written in years and through my personalized action items (or assignments) I began a very therapeutic return to my art. I also started creating a schedule and setting goals for myself. Over time, the result and accomplishment of doing the "work" totally outweighed the dread that hovers around procrastination. I was able to change a really bad habit that I specifically identified in the beginning of this journey. I have a remarkable amount of quantifiable self-improvement in my google docs that I am so proud of. I have to second another review I saw saying if "you're wondering whether or not to take the plunge..." DO IT. Your life is about to change.
Fawn Miller Coaching for WomenFawn Miller Coaching for Women
Nitin G.
Tomi has helped me change my life in ways I could not have done on my own. He has helped me professionally, with my personal business, my finances, my social life, relationships, with health and fitness, and my psychological challenges. I know what I want to accomplish, but Tomi set things out with tangible goals for 3 months, with each week having its own goals. This has been an important tool for me to use alone, and while I have his help, he keeps me accountable to them on top of that. The biggest thing he has helped me with is fundamentally shifting my perspective in how I see myself, equip myself, and live my life. I thought being hard on myself was the way I'd accomplish what I want in life, but it was a key to what was hindering me. I've been comparing myself to my ideals rather than who I am now, and seeing things as problems rather than challenges. Tomi asks me what I've accomplished in a week or in a day, and with that tool he's given me, what even seems like failures become successes in learning about myself and making changes, and seeing things as stepping stones. When I address challenges in this way, I've adapted rather than feeling like I'm staying in place or going backwards. Tomi was a great choice from the beginning. I did introductory sessions with five other life coaches, and he was the only one who I felt helped me during the session, and listened and didn't sell himself and spend time going through his methods. Tomi doesn't act like he's an expert on you either - he gives you the steering wheel, but also asks you questions to find clarity and keep yourself honest about where you want to steer things. I have so many challenges, he has helped me more and more with all of them, and it's only the beginning. I was hesitant at first, but it's been worth everything I've spent, and will in the future. If you want to improve your life in a way that you will only live once, then I certainly recommend Tomi.
Take a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomiTake a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomi
Adam K.
When I first met Tomi, I could tell that he would be a great match for me. We have worked together for the past few months and our meetings helped a lot. I have already made significant changes in my life. Tomi is simply a terrific/amazing coach and backs that up with his years of experience. Tomi is very talented, full of motivation and creative. He has amazing social skills and very easy to connect. I had a great time working with Tomi, felt the energy and love to his passion. I can definitely assure he will be a great value to anyone working with him. Tomi worked with me on scaling and revising my resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, Indeed account and helped setting focused goals. I would strongly recommend Tomi!
Take a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomiTake a Step Forward - You Deserve It! #CoachTomi
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