Millennial Career Coaching

A 5-Step Model to Make Informed Career Decisions

This course is for career coaches who work with, or want to work with, secondary and post-secondary students as well as new college graduates (This encompasses millennial and post-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 four-and-a-half-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 questions to use when debriefing the information gathered using the tools mentioned above.  As mentioned in the ICF Core Competencies we will cover questions that:
    • Reflect active listening and an understanding of the client’s perspective
    • Encourage inquiry for greater understanding, awareness and clarity
    • Help the client
      • Identify underlying concerns, typical and fixed ways of perceiving himself/ herself and the world. 
      • Uncover differences between facts and interpretation.
  • 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 90-minute sessions. Participants will walk away with strategies, tips and reusable worksheets to use with their clients.This course will include interactive activities such as role-play, online research and discussion.

Required Texts

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job, 3rd Edition, by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles

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


Complete a short survey – takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

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.
- Lisa T.