Career Coach

Help people learn about themselves and the job environment to create an ideal match.

At your pace
~ 6 months


Job guarantee
in 6 months

Bachelor's-level diploma

10 hands-on projects

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Career coaches help clients transition to a new role, one that fits their experience, knowledge, interests, and skills. They guide their clients, helping them learn about themselves and the job environment in order to create an ideal match

They often work independently as freelance consultants, meeting one-on-one with clients in an office or in a local coffee shop, library, or campus center. You will also find career coaches leading job search groups or facilitating workshops on all aspects of career transition (virtually, in web conferences or in person at local venues). Other career coaches work as employees, often in career centers at universities, business schools, training centers, non-profit agencies, or government agencies, such as city, state, or regional employment offices. 

The basic tasks of career coaching, such as career advice and resume editing, can expand to coaching services delivered by phone, email, web conference, face-to-face, or a combination of these. A typical career coaching package could include a series of meetings to identify personal assets, provide advice on managing finances during a job search, as well as mock job interviews and salary negotiation tips.

Given the current healthy job market, those who are not yet employed, have recently become unemployed, are under-employed or unhappily-employed, are on the look-out for new employment. In the U.S. alone, a recent survey found that over 71% of those employed in over 19 industries would like a new job. And with over 6.6 million current U.S. job openings identified in March 2018, with the right advice, they should be successful in doing so.

But career transition can be challenging. Career coaches are recognized professionals who can help job seekers navigate through their own mindsets to reach their full potential. The demand for this level of career advice has never been greater!

What will I learn?

By the end of this path, you’ll be able to…

  • Help clients determine their assets and use them to develop ambitious career objectives
  • Review and offer constructive criticism on job search marketing materials, such as resumes, profiles, etc.
  • Build a network of contacts, recruiters and other professionals to share with clients
  • Lead workshops on career transition topics
  • Implement the steps to establish a career coaching practice
  • Attract and retain clients and referrals

What are my job prospects?

After graduating from this path, you can become : 

  • A Career coach or Career counsellor at a private practice as a consultant, or at a career transition or outplacement firm
  • A Job or work coach with a job center or non-profit agency
  • A Career advisor in a university or business or training school setting

In both the UK and the US, you can set up your own practice, become a freelancer and vary up the types of roles available, or seek out employed work.

Career coaching in the US

Career coaches who are employees typically earn $45,000-90,000. Working for an employer is generally the first step on the career path for career coaches, offering the opportunity to work with clients in a number of roles and industries.

Those with a career coaching practice, working as freelancers, typically charge $35-125/hour, but are also responsible for attracting clients and for their own business expenses.

So, after graduation, depending on your own background and your choice in how you will practice your skills, you could earn between $45,000 and $200,000 per year. Compensation varies by country and region, with higher compensation more common in larger cities and metropolitan areas. Career coaches, however, have an advantage over other careers in that it is easier and commonly acceptable to have a virtual regional or national practice, mitigating geographical differences.

Career coaching in the UK

Salaries for employed roles are £20,000 - £25,000, plus benefits, for a job or work coach. This can go up to £30,000 to £45,000, plus benefits, for a career coach in a university or business school setting.

Freelance rates are between £30-70 per hour. In this scenario, the companies you freelance for do all the marketing and selling for you - you just need to deliver the service to their candidates. The company will also likely be providing additional content and services to the candidates in the form of a a membership site, webinars etc. In these instances, you are providing one part of a wider programme.

If you are running a private practice, you'll be able to create and sell packages to sell to your clients. An example package might include:

  • Access to video training content and templates on a membership site
  • Access to a Facebook or LinkedIn Group for networking and support from peers
  • 3 to 6 group 45-60 min group coaching sessions

You can charge between £500 and £5000 for these packages, depending on your target audience. Once you have created the membership site content, you can sell that time and time again. You only need to dedicate a few hours for each new client. You will also need to dedicate an hour or so a week for presence in your online group.

Am I eligible to enroll?

This is path is open to everyone. However, in order to get off on the right foot and be able to complete the path in the estimated 12 months, you need the following:

  • high school diploma / GCSE level
  • good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended)
  • Access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam, and a stable internet connection

To earn the diploma, you’ll need to complete all projects and have them reviewed by your mentors. Your work will then be checked by a jury made up of professionals.

Your diploma

OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.

Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Career Coach" bachelor's-level diploma.
This diploma is at level 6 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

This path will be the subject of a registration application with the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP), France compétences, in order for the level of the diploma to be recognized by the State. This process takes 8 to 18 months. If the outcome is successful, the first students will be able to retroactively claim recognition by the RNCP. If the outcome is negative, the level of the diploma will not be recognized by the State.

If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.

Your Job Guarantee

At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.

By following the learning path "Career Coach", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.

What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!

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Detailed projects and skills

project 1

Start your journey as a Career Coach

It's time to step into your new role and find out what it means to be a Career Coach. Take the time to also define your goals and your study schedule in this first project.
Duration10 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Create your personalised learning plan
  • Set clear goals
project 2

A day in the life of a career coach

Design your code of ethics and write a job description which best describes what it takes to be a career coach.
Duration20 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Develop an appropriate professional relationship and distance with someone being coached
  • Provide advice while following a code of ethics at all times
  • Determine the key skills of a career coach
project 3

Manage your client database

Dig into some admin work. Organize your client database based on their needs and expectations in order to deliver the best service to all of your clients.
Duration20 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Establish record-keeping and processes to manage a large database of clients
project 4

Build your career coaching network

Perform tasks that help you stay connected and up to date to provide value to your clients. Monitor the local job market. Develop a network of partners to augment your clients' job search. Connect with other career coaches to share best practices.
Duration70 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Monitor the job market in a specific sector or area
  • Build a professional network
  • Participate in a learning community with other Career Coaches
project 5

Coach your first client

It's time to hold your first career coaching session. Listen to your client and together design a customized action plan.
Duration80 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Establish a neutral, caring, and confidential relationship with clients
  • Establish the next steps for a client to take, based on their needs and constraints
  • Foster client autonomy and self-sufficiency
  • Mobilize a range of interview techniques
  • Refer a client to a bank of ressources and relevant support programmes
project 6

Assess a client's talents, values and professional interests

In a follow-up session with a client, get to know them even better. Delve deeper into what motivates them, their professional experience and where they want to go.
Duration50 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Assess the skills and experiences of a client
  • Identify a client's motivational drivers
project 7

Help a client showcase their assets

Polish your client's personal branding from LinkedIn to their resume/CV and letter of motivation to present well for a job.
Duration50 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Foster job placement by recommending appropriate jobsearch tools
project 8

Create an action plan for a career switch

Match a client's expectations with the realities and opportunities of the job market. Provide tactical advice about alternative career paths, training and ways to fund it.
Duration50 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Advise a client on how to cover their living costs during a jobsearch period
  • Review a client's career plan in order to adapt it to potential personal constraints
  • Sum up your lessons learned from a coaching experience
project 9

Design a workshop presenting jobs of the future

Build and lead an interactive experience introducing emerging careers to your clients from A to Z: create the content, prepare a compelling oral presentation and plan your marketing strategy to boost attendance.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Design in person or online workshops
  • Lead in person or online workshops
  • Speak at events about your area of expertise
project 10

Share what you've learned from challenging experiences

You are growing your practice and have recruited a new, less experienced career coach. Help him get acquainted with the job by creating a guide sharing 10 case studies of clients you helped over the last year.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Create ready-to-use templates for clients lacking self-sufficiency
  • Manage conflicts and identify inappropriate behaviour
  • Refer a client to appropriate alternative support when necessary
  • Support clients in identifying and overcoming obstacles

Start toward the career of your dreams

At your own pace

€300 per month

Your perks:

  • Six-month job guarantee

  • bachelor's-level diploma

  • Flexible duration

  • Individual mentorship

  • 10 hands-on projects

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