Need help with a career decision? Why a Career Change Coach is your best bet (for 2022)

If you need assistance with a career decision, the best career coach for the job may be a career change coach. 

The reason I say this is because a typical career coach’s main training and focus is as a generalist. They can help you with many aspects of your job search, IF you are already decided on your career path.

However if you are uncertain about a career move, a career coach doesn’t really have the training or expertise to help you with that. They typically employ clumsy tools such as job matching from  personality tests.

In contrast, as a career change coach, my only focus is to help guide you to manifest the career destiny you are meant for. Especially if you are uncertain about what career path is best for you. 

The career coaching services comparison below explains the differences between a traditional career coach role and a career change coach’s approach. 

My career destiny proverb explains my approach in the most concise way:

The old adage “you can become whoever you want to be” is not necessarily true.

However, you can become who your are meant to be.
That is your Career Destiny.

Larry LaFata, Founder Define Your Career

Larry Lafata

Make your career move with confidence this time

If you are making an important career decision,  you want to give yourself the best chance to finally land in a career whewre you are happy.

You don’t want to just jump jobs to get away from where you are, for example with a lateral career move. If you work through it right, you can make your career move count this time.

To know who can best help you to find the career that you are meant for, this quick career coaching services comparison shows you how a career change coach can help you avoid this.

In this article: Need help with a career decision? Why a Career Destiny Coach is your best bet (for 2022) we will cover:

The three ways a career change coach differs from a typical career coach to help you choose a new career

What does a career coach do? Their typical job function and the tools they use to help you find a new career

What does a Career Change Coach do? Their job function and tools used to help you find a new career

Difference in processes and tools used by a Career Coach vs. a Career Change Coach

How much does a career coach cost? What services are included?

How much does a Career Change Coach cost, and what services are included?

Summary of the three reasons you need a Career Change Coach if you want to choose a new career

Three ways a career change coach differs from a typical career coach to help you choose a new career

  • Our job function: choosing the career you are meant for vs. job matching
  • The process and the tools we use: self-assessments vs. aptitude tests and personality tests
  • Our Cost structure: transparent one-time pricing on packages vs. open ended consults and test packages

Difference in job functions between a Career Coach and a Career Change Coach

Let’s start with a comparison of what differentiates a career coach from a career change coach as far as job functions. 

The primary difference between most career coaches and a career change coach job functions can be summed up in our approach: job search vs choosing a career. 

What does a career coach do? Their typical job function and tools they use to help you search for a job

  • The primary function of a career coach is to help you with your job search action plan, which can take one to six months
  • Services they specialize in are resume writing, resume optimization for Applicant Tracking System, LinkedIn profile optimization, interview preparation, salary negotiation tactics, company research, HR guidance, finding a job, and other related services
  • Career coaches do not specialize in helping you find a new career: what they actually do is what is a form of  job matching – they match your aptitude and personality test results to a job category
    • Job matching evaluates various psychological, intellectual and personality traits by using aptitude tests, MBTI Personality tests, Strong Interest Inventory tests etc. to attempt to assess suitability for a particular field or job
    • A Career Coach attempts to match you to a job category based on your test results

What does a career change coach do? Job function and tools they use to help you find a new career

Sometimes you think your difficulty in finding a good job is your interviewing skills or resume, when in fact the problem may be that you are looking for jobs that are not a good fit for you. A good career change coach can flush this out.

I do this by using a series of fill-in-the-blank self-assessments and other tools that allow you to choose the career or business that is the right fit for you. This process works regardless of your work experience, your economic background or level of education.

If you are frustrated about your job search, are in a career transition and need to make a career change, or just uncertain about how to find a new career, a career change coach has the tools which are best suited to help you find your way. 

  • A Career Change Coach’s primary job function is to guide you on how to choose the career or business you are meant for, which typically takes one to three weeks
  • Primary services and tools provided by a career change coach include: 
    • Fill-in-the-blank career self-assessment to identify the Five Factors of your Career Destiny so you can self-select the career you will love for a lifetime
    • Lifetime career goal setting tools so you can vet and set lifelong, long term and short-term goals
    • A Fast Track Career Destiny Action Plan template which ignites your career goals into manageable daily steps so you can manifest your career destiny as quickly as possible
    • A weekly self-management tool to keep you on track to your destiny and grow your management capacity
    • Program positive intention through positive affirmations and visualization techniques, this internalizes powerful new values that help manifest your career destiny permanently
  • Primary services also include hands-on live career coaching on zoom video call to:
    • Support you in completing the courses and workshops so you get best results
    • Guide you through obstacles to your customized, unique-to-you Career Destiny
    • Brainstorm ideas, business ventures and career options you couldn’t come up with on your own
  • What a career change coach does NOT specialize in: job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, LinkedIn profile, or online job search engine skills  

You would typically use a Career Change Coach first, to uncover your career destiny, then if needed use a career coach for your job search.

Difference in processes and tools used by a Career Coach vs. a Career Change Coach

To find a career you will love for a lifetime, a career that is unique to you, you need the right tools.

The primary difference between most career coaches and a career change coach can be summed up in our approach: career tests vs career destiny.

  • Career coaches use career aptitude tests, personality type tests, strong interest inventory and other psychometric test results to match you to a job category
    • Test results put you into a box and turns you into a commodity, you become a widget who can be matched to a specific narrow set of jobs on job search websites

vs.

  • A Career Change Coach uses innovative self-assessments based on proven business marketing principles
    • This allows you to identify the 5 Factors of your optimal career and manifest your one-of-a-kind Career Destiny
  • A career change coach NEVER uses psychometric tests such as MBTI personality tests
    • I believe these tests are invasive psychological assessments that measure your mind and compare your test results to a database of others
    • They allow recruiters and employers to view you with a BIAS, so they can ‘weed you out’ of certain jobs

Difference in costs and fees between a Career Coach and a Career Change Coach

Let’s compare what a career coach costs to a my career change coaching prices. The primary difference between the costs of a career coach and a career change coach is transparency.

Coaching packages pricing:

  • Career coaches need to talk to you first, and then base your package pricing on discussions or tests

vs.

  • A n honest career change coach has one set price for everyone, no matter your experience, background, education or current job situation

Coaching consult pricing:

  • Career coaches have different consult fees based on your situation and their level of experience; they may categorize you by your gender, if you are a college grad, career change, executive, etc.

vs.

  • A career change coach offers the same initial consult price to everyone – free

How much does a career coach cost? What services are included?

Career Coaching Services typically include an initial consult, then depending on your needs, will continue as ongoing coaching consults or build out a complete package.

The difficulty in career coaches pricing is your services start as open ended consults. Add in aptitude tests and consults to discuss test results, or choose a package, and it can add up to an average of $1500 to $3500 by the time you are done. It may not be a transparent process.

How much does a Career Change Coaching package at DefineYourCareer.com cost, and what services are included?

My Career Change Coaching has transparent package pricing from $99 to $297.

All courses and workshops include live, hands-on career coaching and 24/7 email.

No additional coaching consults are added and you are not pushed into expensive unadvertised packages. Total honesty and 100% transparent pricing.

Career Change Coaching Services off several levels of career change coaching, including:: 

  • Includes three hands on career coaching consults and 24/7 email support

Summary of why a Career Change Coach is your best option to choose a new career

If your goal is to discover what career or business is right for you, a typical career coach simply doesn’t have the tools, experience or process in place to help you discover the career you are meant for. They are not trained or skilled to help you choose a career you will love.

In contrast, a Career Change Coach has the credentials, experience and authorship of innovative courses to best help you to choose a career or business you will love for a lifetime. Without any invasive psychometric tests.

My only goal is to customize the individualized Career Destiny you are meant for through self-assessments and hands-on supportive career destiny coaching. And we can put together a Career Action Plan to manifest your destiny quickly.

To find out more about how to choose a career or business that is right for you,
Larry offers one week home study course called Define Your Career Destiny.
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Larry Lafata

Larry LaFata is founder of defineyourcareer.com and the world’s only Career Destiny Coach. He is dedicated to help you discover your Career Destiny, regardless of your background, education or experience. His innovative courses include Define Your Career Destiny one week home study course and Career Destiny Workshop for Besties.

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