Job Developers support clients in job preparation, search, and placement. They build and maintain working relationships with employers, organizations, and public agencies to source job opportunities and secure employment and training opportunities for clients.
I am currently a career coach. I offer private one-on-one coaching for individuals. I do small group coaching and I'm also a consultant.
While it's not technically required, having a certification is just kind of a bit of social proof for people that says, "Hey, this person knows what they're doing," and they've had some practice and learning education around this topic.
Honestly, it's very interpersonal types of things like empathy, listening, being able to see patterns. So it really comes down to understanding people and their behavior and being able to help them discover things that are already inside them.
I would absolutely say if you are even thinking about being a coach, any kind, career coach, life coach, soccer coach, I honestly would say get coached first. To understand the process, to feel what it is like, to understand what it entails.
I had been a college professor, had moved away from that, moved into staffing and recruiting, working with people every day, helping them get jobs that they loved, and I wanted to continue that in a deeper way and I found my coaching was a great way to do that.
I work for myself as a career coach. I own my own business, so the burnout is real. I make all of the decisions, which is a privilege, but it honestly is a very big challenge as well.