How to Find a Career Coach

How to Find a Career Coach

You’ve been stuck in a rut at work and now you are ready to move on with the help of a career coach. So how do you find an expert?


Begin your search by asking people in your network for references. Word-of-mouth is a good starting point, as no licensing agency exists for career coaches. Just remember that a particular coach’s personality may work well for your colleague, friend or neighbor, but leave you cold. Chemistry is personal.


A RN career coach or nurse coach is best-equipped to understand the opportunities available to nurses if you want to continue working in the field. Get a referral from your state chapter of the ANA or do an Internet search. If you want to switch careers, consider looking for an expert in that industry.


Coaching is not regulated and certifications are not guarantees. That means you will have to do some homework to find the right coach. Check out their websites and LinkedIn information. Do some Internet sleuthing to see what you can find, from published books and articles to blogs and testimonials.  Develop a list of potential coaches and jot down questions for them.


Face-to-face meetings are not necessary. Most coaching is done by phone, which provides you with more options to choose a coach from anywhere. Avoid coaches who won’t offer an initial free consultation.


The only way to know if you will connect with a prospective coach is to talk to him or her. Call the coaches you are thinking about hiring. Ask about the coach’s own career path and expertise. Get information about fees, as rates vary widely per hour. Some coaches require a minimum number of hours or months. Ask to talk to some clients.

It’s your career. Invest the time needed to find the right coach to help propel it.

Robin Farmer is a freelance writer focusing on health, education and business to engage, educate and empower readers. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, but you can visit her at  

Move Forward With a Career Coach

Move Forward With a Career Coach

 As a nurse, you spend a third of your life on the job.  Shouldn’t you feel fulfilled? If you constantly struggle to find meaning in your career or value as an employee, listen to that voice in your head. You know, the one you tune out when it says, “It’s really time to find another job or switch careers.” 

If the mere thought of where to start saps your motivation, consider working with a career or nurse coach. One way to find a nurse coach is to get a referral from your state chapter of the American Nurses Association. 

Professional coaches can help align your goals and actions so you can make changes, get the job you covet and maintain a better quality of life.  

Here is what a career coach can help you do:

Develop new habits.  Replace the negative ones with positive routines. Coaching can help you break the bad habits that create or add to your unhappiness.

Meet new goals. Sometimes you need an accountability partner, someone to check in with on a regular basis to discuss your progress.

Learn new strategies. A coach can provide tools for action steps you may not have considered.

Open up. It’s not easy being honest about your fears or saying what you really want. A coach needs to know this information. 

Strengthen relationships. Coaching can help you learn how to build a better relationship with your boss and co-workers.  Think about this: coaching is considered so essential for senior managers in the Fortune 500 that their companies pay for it.

Find balance. Working long hours and feel out of whack? The unhappiness you feel at work most likely comes home with you. Learn how to create boundaries so you can invest time in your health, family, friends and interests.

Learn the truth. As an advocate for change, a coach may not always tell you what you want to hear.  But a coach will say what is necessary to help you find greater satisfaction. 

Working with a coach can move you to where you want to be. Are you ready to explore more opportunities? The voice in your head knows.