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How to find the right career change coach


Navigating Your Career Change: Finding the Perfect Coach

How to find the right career change coach

So, you’re eyeing a change in your professional journey, but the road ahead seems a little foggy, right? Well, fear not! That’s where a career change coach comes in. But wait, how do you pick the right one out of the sea of options? Let’s embark on this discovery together and uncover how to find your ideal career change coach.

What Exactly is a Career Change Coach?

Before diving in, let’s clarify what we’re talking about here. A career change coach is like your trusty navigator, helping you chart a course through the choppy waters of career transitions. They’re pros at guiding you toward your goals, whether that’s switching industries, climbing the corporate ladder, or pursuing a passion project. At Career Change Makers, we offer online self-study courses, group programs and 1:1 coaching to help you clarify your next best career move, position yourself for amazing new opportunities, take your career to the next level and become a trailblazer in your industry.

Why is Choosing the Right Coach Crucial?

Choosing a career change coach isn’t just about finding someone with the right qualifications; it’s about finding someone who gets you, your aspirations, and your unique journey. After going through multiple career transitions in my legal career, and then taking the leap into full time entrepreneurship, I understand what it means to step away from the conventional career path and instead embrace opportunities that are most aligned with your strengths and values. I have helped lawyers, accountants, sales executives, project managers, business analysts and many other career professionals to transition into more fulfilling and impactful roles using my proprietary D.A.T.A methodology whilst securing 5-figure salary increases.

Tips for Finding Your Perfect Career Change Coach

Now, let’s plot our course to finding the perfect coach:

Define Your Goals: Before you start your search, get clear on what you want to achieve. Are you looking for a complete career overhaul, or just a little guidance on your next move – are you looking to shift, pivot or leap? Knowing your destination will help you find a coach who can help you get there (sidenote: once you start working with a coach and getting clarity, this destination may actually change!). It’s so important to dissect why you want a change before you look at the how, that way you know what is important to you and which kind of role will align with your core values. 

Research, Research, Research: Get Googling! Look for career change coaches in your area or who offer virtual sessions. Check out their websites, read reviews, digest their content, listen to their podcast (if they have one) and see if their vibe resonates with you.

Credentials Matter: While experience and qualifications aren’t everything, they certainly count for something. Look for coaches with relevant certifications or memberships in professional coaching organisations. This shows they’ve put in the work to hone their craft.

Connect and Communicate: Once you’ve narrowed down your options, reach out to a few coaches for a chat. Many offer free consultations where you can discuss your goals and see if you click. Trust your gut—if it feels like a good fit, it probably is.

Assess Their Approach: Every coach has their own style and methodology. Some may focus on practical strategies, while others prioritise mindset shifts. Think about what resonates with you and choose a coach whose approach aligns with your needs. Some of my clients benefit from sharing a workspace, being kept accountable and having someone to motivate them, others have no idea where to begin so we go back to basics. Wherever you are in your journey, I guarantee I’ve helped someone in the same position as you are now. You can check out some of them here.

You can listen to my Career Change Maker podcast Episode 231: How Working With A Career Coach Can Accelerate Your Results to learn about some of the methods we adopt to help you in your journey. 


Some of the most common questions women are asking about career change coaching;


How long does it take to see results?

The timeline varies depending on your goals and the complexity of your career change. Some clients see progress after just a few sessions, while others may take longer to achieve their desired outcomes. Everyone’s career change journey looks different, some people are ready to take a leap now, others want to test the waters a bit first. The biggest advice I can give you is not to be put off by the length of time it takes and make a start.


Is career change coaching only for people looking to switch industries?

Not at all! Career change coaching can benefit anyone looking to make a change in their professional life, whether that’s switching industries, advancing in their current field, or starting their own business. Check out this video where one of my clients managed to change her practice area AND get promoted in less than 4 months! Sometimes it’s not about changing everything, but simply seeing the value in what you do, even indirectly.


How much does career change coaching cost?

The cost varies depending on the coach’s experience, location, and the services offered. Some coaches charge by the hour, while others offer package deals. It’s essential to discuss pricing upfront and ensure it not only fits within your budget, but is also the right kind of coaching for you.


Can career change coaching help with resume writing and job search strategies?

Absolutely! Many career change coaches offer assistance with resume / CV writing, interview preparation, and job search strategies to help you land your ideal role. At Career Change Makers, we also offer personality tests to see which ‘type’ of role would be right for you, how you interact with others and what makes you tick. It’s not just about getting a new role, it’s achieving about career fulfilment and satisfaction. 

Ready to embark on your career change journey? With the right career change coach by your side, you’ll be navigating those uncharted waters with confidence in no time. Click here to book a call with Janine Esbrand to learn more.