Career Counseling/Coaching includes helping clients with any of the following vocational tasks:
- Career choice
- College major choice
- Career decision making
- Resume and cover letter review
- Interviewing skills
- Career adjustment
- Career achievement
What is the difference between career counseling and career coaching?
Career counseling is an exploratory process with a focus on self-assessment. Career counseling clients learn to set goals and make informed choices about (1) career choice, (2) career adjustment or development and/or (3) selecting a college major. In addition to exploratory work and informal exercises, career counseling can involve the use of formalized assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Career coaching is much more action-oriented. A career-coaching client already has a clearly developed sense of his or her strengths and goals. In the role of career coach, I will help the client set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goals and help the client problem solve and act to achieve these goals. Career coaching can also include developing and editing resumes and cover letters, learning networking skills, and conducting mock job interviews.
A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, I have a strong background in vocational theory, development and counseling. I have worked for more than two decades in higher education and private practice settings, helping individuals achieve career-related goals. Most recently, I served as Assistant Director of Howard Community College's Counseling and Career Services Center, working with community members and students in all areas of the career counseling spectrum.