Career Coaching Course

Career coaching course contents

1. Introduction to Career Coaching

  • Demand for career coaches and typical clients
  • Benefits of being a career coach
  • Difference between career counselling and career coaching
  • The work of a career coach
  • How to motivate clients to take action

2. Understanding Your Client’s Needs

  • Knowing who your clients are
  • Variety of clients
  • What are your clients’ needs?
  • Rapport: client and coach relationships
  • Goal or outcome-setting
  • Positive outcome focus

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

4. Career Exploration Process – Part 1

  • What are ‘skills’?
  • Why are they important?
  • Transferable skills
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • Work values
  • Preferred work style
  • Reviewing achievements: understanding what you are good at
  • Evidencing your achievements
  • Undertaking a personal SWOT analysis

5. Career Exploration Process – Part 2

  • Clarifying career direction: evaluating options
  • Career planning exercises
  • Psychometric tools
  • Choosing a similar career
  • Changing direction
  • Retraining
  • Self employment
  • Portfolio career
  • Gap analysis and ways of bridging the gap
  • Making a decision and defining a course of action

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
  • Different types of CV
  • Style and presentation
  • Multiple CVs: tailoring the CV to specific roles

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

8. Applications and Letters

  • The art of letter writing
  • The different types of letters
  • Seeing things from the recipient’s point of view
  • Filling in application forms
  • Dealing with an adverse employment record
  • Investing in time and effort
  • Understanding the importance of record keeping

9. Preparing for Interviews

  • Selection interviews
  • Types of interview questions
  • Preparation for the interview
  • Dress code
  • Assessment centres
  • Interview mediums
  • Answering questions
  • Asking questions
  • Composure
  • Do’s and don’ts

10. Helping the Client Manage Their Job Search Campaign

  • 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

11. Helping the Client Assess Job Offers

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

12. Setting up your Career Coaching Practice

  • A place to work
  • A career coach’s equipment
  • Other aspects to consider
  • What to charge

13. The Legal Side of Running a Business

  • Putting together a business plan
  • Paying tax
  • Indemnity insurance

14. Developing Your Coaching Skills

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

15. Running Your Own Practice

  • Managing your time and your workload
  • Administrative support
  • Letters of agreement (private clients)
  • Meeting with a prospective corporate client
  • Writing proposals (corporate clients)

16. Promoting Your Services: Finding Clients

  • Marketing your business
  • Your website
  • Networking
  • Leaflet drops
  • PR
  • Referrals from existing clients
  • Advertising