What is career coaching?
Merriam Webster defines career as “a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling,” and to coach as “to instruct, direct, or prompt as a coach.” Putting them together, I would say a career coach intently directs and guides a person in pursuing a calling. My practice focuses on awareness of values, interests and personality as gages in finding fulfilling work that fits current life priorities.
As reported in Career Development & Planning: A Comprehensive Approach, consider that a working adult may spend 86,000 hours in some kind of employed position. With that amount of time, spending 100 hours learning about career options makes sense. In other words, investing the time early leads to increased life/career satisfaction later on (Source: Reardon, Lenz, et al, 2008).
Further, the 2021 Harris Poll indicated over 85% of working Americans said that professional [career development] assistance is valuable.