Help people learn about themselves and the job environment to create an ideal match.
At your pace
~ 6 months
in 6 months
10 hands-on projects
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!
By the end of this path, you’ll be able to…
After graduating from this path, you can become :
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 counselor"
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.
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!
Our team is available to answer your questions about our programs or your new career path.