Professional career guidance

For those times when employment isn't going as well as you had hoped, when you are considering a transition to a new career path, or wish to take your career to the next level, career planning professionals may be valuable resources for advice. Career counselors and career/life coaches offer career assistance. It is important to understand these two professions, both of which are fee based opportunities.

  • Career/Vocational Counselor
    This type of counselor holds a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Counselors are regulated and must have a state license to practice. They use a variety of skills to evaluate a client's needs and abilities. They assist in developing job search skills as well as provide supportive therapy when you may be experiencing career difficulties such as a job loss, job stress, or job transition issues.
  • Career/Life Coach
    Coaches are helpful as a sounding board or as a motivator. They do not do therapy or diagnose underlying conditions. Coaches are not state-licensed professionals.

Understanding the differences between these two professions will assist you in making a decision on what level of assistance you desire or need. Also, be sure that you understand what you are signing up for; get written confirmation of all services that will be provided and any associated fees up front.