Cornerstones of Career Coaching


Many think that career coaching is limited to job search advising, but the field is both broad and deep. This course goes beyond technical application of supporting clients and delves into the foundations of theorist from the field’s “founders” to the contemporary work on change/transition theory. We’ll dig into the range of assessments available to coaches and discuss which one might best meet your clients’ needs. We’ll look at the seismic shift in our current social, economic, and technology environment as they related to our current and future work. This course will provide a solid foundation for coaches working directly in or adjacent to career- related client growth.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the distinction between career coaching and career counseling.
  • Learn critical career development, adult development, and change theories and their applications in coaching.
  • Expand your knowledge of the range of related assessment tools and their appropriate use.
  • Develop and share knowledge related to an aspect of career coaching that interests you. Examples include career coaching around issues of race and identity, first-generation and new Americans, significant career pivoting, the chronically unemployed, age discrimination, career advancement strategy, workplace politics, and challenges due to relocation.
  • Explore and discuss the future trends and directions in the field, including the rapidly shifting workforce trends, the impact of technology and artificial intelligence, technology and the use of AI, and the growth of skill-based training over academic degrees.

Course Activities:

  • Class discussion of readings and multimedia assignments
  • Testing and debriefing assessment tools and uses.
  • Reflective journaling of your learning
  • Research and present findings in writing and orally (15 minutes) about a topic of interest to you.

Estimated average of 1.5 hours of commitment in and outside of class.

Required Text

Career Coaching: Fundamentals, Applications, and Future Directions by Heather N. Maietta

Course Prerequisites

20 hours of coach training or enrollment in Foundations (recommended)

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Date August 21, 2024 - October 9, 2024

Time 12:00 pm ET - 1:30 pm ET

Day Wednesday

Type Video Conference

Faculty Anne Shields, MS, BCC, PCC