Career Coaching Course

Career coaching course contents

Module 1: Introduction to Career Coaching

  • What does a career coach do?
  • Pathways to becoming a career coach
  • What do we mean by the term career
  • Who uses a career coach: typical clients
  • The growing demand for career coaches
  • How a career coach works
  • How career coaching has evolved
  • The importance of getting clients to take action
  • Benefits of being a career coach
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 2: Understanding your Client’s Needs

  • New entrants to the job market: school and college leavers
  • Career changers who are dissatisfied with their current role or occupation
  • Job seekers who are unemployed as a result of redundancy
  • Women returners
  • Individuals wanting to consider a self-employed career
  • Entrepreneurs looking to start their own business
  • Organisations seeking outplacement support or training programmes for their employees
  • Outplacement companies seeking coaches to deliver transition services to their corporate clients
  • Government or not-for-profit agencies assisting disadvantaged groups (such as the long-term youth unemployed, the homeless or people with developmental disabilities) in entering the workforce
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 3: Establishing the Coach/Client Relationship

  • Initial consultation meeting
  • Using open-ended questions
  • Listening and responding
  • Confidence building
  • Managing expectations
  • Providing advice and encouragement
  • Knowing the Key ingredients to a successful job search
  • Creating an action plan
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 4: Career Exploration Process Part 1 - Helping the client identify their skills

  • What are skills?
  • Why are they important?
  • Transferable skills
  • Understanding what you are good at and what you have to offer
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • Reviewing your achievements
  • Evidencing your achievements
  • Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses

Module 5: Career Exploration Process Part 2 - Helping the client think about the way ahead

  • Clarifying career direction: evaluating options
  • Using assessment tools
  • Career planning exercises
  • Choosing a similar career
  • Changing direction
  • Retraining
  • Employer’s perspective
  • Self employment
  • Gap analysis and ways of bridging the gap
  • Making a decision and defining a course of action
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 6: Helping Your Client Produce a Winning Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Getting clients to view CVs as a crucial selling document
  • What to include in the CV (checklist)
  • Different types of CV
  • Style and presentation
  • Multiple CVs: tailoring the CV to specific roles
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 7: Helping Clients Conduct a Targeted Job Search

  • Understanding how the job market works
  • The open market
  • The hidden market
  • Telephone techniques and perfecting your ‘elevator pitch’
  • Making the most of your references/referees
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 8: Applications and Letters

  • The Art of letter writing
  • Different types of letters
  • Application forms
  • Checklist for filling in application forms
  • Investing time and effort
  • The importance of record keeping

Module 9: Preparing Clients For Interviews

  • Understanding selection interviews
  • Types of interviews
  • Assessment centres
  • Presentations
  • Answering interview questions
  • Asking questions at interviews
  • Impression management
  • Staying calm and relaxed
  • Improving a client's body language
  • Do’s and don’ts of interviews
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 10: Helping the Client Manage Their Job Search Campaign Reviewing progress, assessing approach and dealing with setbacks

  • Maintaining the right frame of mind
  • Getting organised
  • Systematic approach to planning
  • Time management
  • Building up a database
  • Learning and recovering from setbacks
  • Keeping going
  • Celebrating successes
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 11: Helping the Client Assess Job Offers

  • Essential questions the client needs to ask
  • Tempering enthusiasm with caution and objectivity
  • Reviewing the offer letter
  • Negotiating the salary and benefits package
  • Confirming acceptance of the offer and other follow-up actions
  • Transitioning into the new role successfully

Module 12: Setting Up Your Career Coaching Practice

  • Choosing a legal structure for your business
  • Choosing a name and location
  • Initial resources required
  • Creating a business plan
  • Setting a fee structure
  • Working to an ethical code of conduct
  • Managing risk
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 13: Developing Your Coaching Skills

  • Staying in touch with developments, trends and new ideas
  • Volunteer experience
  • Finding a mentor
  • Joining professional associations
  • Continuous professional development
  • Useful resources

Module 14: Promoting Your Services: Finding Clients

  • Analysing the market
  • Producing a marketing strategy and plan
  • Networking
  • Building relationships
  • Referrals from existing clients
  • Advertising
  • Free media listings
  • Your website
  • Newsletters and e-books
  • Managing your personal brand and online profile
  • Seminars, workshops and events
  • Selling techniques
  • Free initial consultation
  • Working with local companies
  • Self-Study Assignment

Module 15: Running Your Own Practice

  • Administrative support
  • Employing others vs associates
  • Partnership working
  • Letters of agreement (private clients)
  • Writing proposals (corporate clients)
  • Meeting with a prospective corporate client
  • Financial matters and bookkeeping
  • Managing your time and your workload
  • Getting paid – invoicing and chasing late payments