Understand What Career Coaches Do
Career coaches are not academic advisors and therefore cannot provide insight on course requirements, class schedules or departmental procedures. Also, despite the word “career” being in the job title, career coaches do not place students in jobs.
A career coach is a coach: we teach you strategies and point you to resources so you can make informed career decisions and take actions for yourself. Ideally, a good career coach will help you incorporate these lessons so you can be a more confident job seeker for life.
Consider your goals for the session. Do you want to find an internship or job? Decide on a major? Explore career fields? Most people have multiple concerns when they make an appointment and hope that they will all be resolved speedily; however, career coaching is a process that takes time and requires patience. You and your coach can work together to prioritize your goals, but remember that this will take up session time, so try to prioritize your goals in advance.
Arrive On Time
This may seem obvious, but students often forget to factor in travel time to reach their appointment. If you are more than ten minutes late, the coach will not be able to meet with you. Find out where the appointment will take place, and even visit it beforehand so you know where you’re going and how to get there. Plan ahead!
The first appointment is just the beginning. Career coaches can offer relevant support for every phase of your professional development during college and beyond.
As you more forward, your goals, interests and needs are likely to evolve, giving rise to new questions and concerns over time. A return visit with your coach can help you accomplish your goals and keep moving toward a satisfying career.