Gen Z and Millennial Career Coaching: A 5-Step Model


This course is for career coaches who work with, or want to work with, secondary and post-secondary students as well as recent college graduates (This encompasses Gen Z and younger millennial clients.) You will learn a structured process for helping young adults develop a good fit career plan during the coaching engagement. You will learn a process for guiding clients to test their assumptions about various career options and do the requisite research to make better informed choices about postsecondary opportunities, internships, and initial job opportunities. You will also walk away with a set of off-the-shelf tools to use with clients which will enable them to identify where, within the world of work, they might find a good fit job at a self-sustaining wage. Your students and/or clients will benefit by having a structured process for conducting research on various occupations of interest, as well as increased knowledge about what employers are looking for in the client’s chosen occupation or set of desirable occupations.
The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on young adults’ career prospects will be discussed.

In this six-hour course, participants will:

  • Review the elements of a self-directed approach to career exploration.
  • Learn about a 5-Step Model for identifying and pursuing a good fit career path.
  • Acquire a tool which helps clients/students retrieve comparative information about various career options and discuss ways to help them draw conclusions from their research.
  • Discuss coaching tools and techniques to use when debriefing the career information gathered by the client. The goal of the debriefing discussion is to facilitate client insight and learning. We will be referring to the Updated ICF Core Competency # 7 “Evokes Awareness.”
  • Be introduced to a three-part planning tool to help clients/students reach specific career goals when financial considerations, academic performance (GPA or test scores), or opportunity in a locality limit options.

This course will be offered in three 2-hour sessions. Participants will walk away with strategies, tips, and reusable worksheets to use with their clients. The course will include interactive activities such as role-play, online research, and discussion.

Required Texts

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Fourth Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job, 4th Edition, by Carol Christen

Transform Interests Into Jobs: A Career Practitioner's Guide, by Carol Christen and Robin Roman Wright


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Course Prerequisites

Familiarity/experience with the coaching profession and coaching processes and/or familiarity with career counseling methods and techniques.


Robin is a superb instructor and clearly has expertise in what she is teaching. I appreciated her sharing relevant stories from her coaching practice, inviting representative questions and input from the group while keeping the flow of the conversation moving, assigning us exercises we might offer to our clients so that we would have direct experience, and highlighting the Coaching Core Competencies we will apply in career coaching. I also appreciated her positive spirit and obvious enthusiasm for her niche.

- L. T.

Robin was very organized and clear with expectations; very willing to answer questions.

- M. W.

Robin's teaching style was very straightforward; she kept us right on time; and her slides were easy to follow and take notes on. There was also time each session to break into smaller peer groups to discuss topics, which allowed participants to get to know each other better.

- L.R.