About Career Coach Carolyn Couch

Finding the best-fit career can be daunting.

That's where I come in.

Whether you're looking for a new position, a new career path, or a place to launch, the U.S. job market is increasingly competitive, more automated, and constantly evolving. The transition process can feel overwhelming.

The good news?

You have a guide in me. I've spent more than 20 years coaching professionals and students to succeed in every type of job market.

The key things it comes down to have never changed:

DECIDING WHAT YOU WANT
ASSESSING YOUR READINESS TO DO THE WORK
COMMITTING TIME, ENERGY AND RESOURCES TO THE PROCESS
career coach Carolyn Couch

My name is Carolyn Couch. I’m a career coach helping clients navigate their career journeys with confidence.

While working with me, clients are treated to a holistic approach to career coaching. Making productive changes in your career can have a positive effect on your whole life and help you grow into a bigger version of yourself. I enjoy helping people make those changes.

My passion lies in helping people gain clarity about what they truly want, seeing gifts in life’s inevitable transitions, empowering them toward authentic living, and finding their best career fit. 

Whether you're looking to advance your career, are a student launching their first career, are finding direction in your career journey or are seeking a job, I can help.

Certifications/Credentials

Certified Master Coach, Center for Coaching Certification

Master of Arts in Counseling, Appalachian State University

Global Career Development Facilitator, Center for Credentialing and Education 

Academy Certified Resume Writer, Career Thought Leaders Resume Writing Academy

Certified Etiquette Consultant, The Etiquette Institute

My Career Coach Certifications 

Resumes Reviewed

People Helped

Mock Interviews Held

Years of Experience

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Carolyn is a pro. I needed help on my interviews and she helped me elevate my interview skills to the next level. These sessions helped me land a job that exceeded my expectations!

J.H.
Business Analyst, Winston-Salem, NC

Next Step Career Coaching was a very wise investment I made in myself when I found myself ending a 33-year-career in mental health clinical work, college teaching and non-profit management […] I didn’t realize after a few months of catching my breath was how vast and empty the canvas of my “next career” seemed when faced alone.

I now find myself well on my way, having followed the North Star Carolyn helped me discover within myself to a new business, and professional Mission/Vision that speaks best to my unique gifts AND serves a world much in need of healing on so many levels.

R.H.
Mental Health Professional, Winston-Salem, NC

“Before working with Carolyn, I had little confidence that I would be able to get a job. After working with Carolyn, not only did she help create an impressive resume, she restored my confidence in myself. I landed a job within a few weeks after posting my resume online. I am excited to start a new chapter in my career and am grateful for her guidance and support.”

W.M.
Accounting Professional, Houston, TX

“I had a very broad idea of wanting to change professions with no real plan in place. I gained valuable direction. Highly HIGHLY recommend.”

C.G.
U.S. Government, Winston-Salem, NC

“Carolyn is the total package. Through her caring and knowledgeable approach, I gained invaluable insights which helped clarify my goals and dreams. Her practical advice provided the tools I needed in order to begin creating the life I want. I have just begun my new journey and I have hope for the future. I highly recommend Carolyn to anyone who feels stuck in their current job and would like to make a change.”

J.H.
Musician, Winston-Salem, NC

“I want to thank you for the outstanding work you completed on my resume, Linkedin profile, accomplishments, and the experience I bring to my employers and clients. Your review and edits proved comprehensive, informative, and concise.  My friends and colleagues agree that you clearly defined what I have done, as well as who I am as a professional.  Not an easy thing to do. It takes a skill set and objectivity too often lacking when trying to explain or promote ourselves. I would highly recommend you to anyone in need of your talents and assistance.”

J.R.
Consultant, Lexington, KY

“Carolyn Couch offers the most comprehensive approach to preparing for a job interview that I have encountered during my professional career. Carolyn’s interview coaching services helped me to confidently and effectively speak to my strengths during interviews. With Carolyn’s guidance in mind, I have landed two (2) highly-coveted professional positions in twelve (12) months!”

M.R
Logistics, Winston-Salem, NC

“My career had stalled.  I read many career self-help books, and they all paled in comparison to the individualized approach that Carolyn provided. Her services are worth every penny, and hiring her as my career coach is one of the best career decisions I have made… I am positive she will have the same impact on your life!”

R.S.
U.S. Government, Winston-Salem, NC

“You stopped a cycle of hopelessness. By focusing on my aptitudes and values, I am no longer trying to force myself into jobs I don’t want!  The assessment was so very helpful in learning about my strengths. Now I have the words to describe them to potential employers and the information to make career decisions most satisfying to me.”

A.J.
Writer, Winston-Salem, NC

“My position was eliminated unexpectedly after 25 years. I had never thought about a resume or how to ‘market’ myself and Carolyn was instrumental in helping me to understand my strengths, my passions in the workplace and how to document my career experience.  She coached me through mock interviews and provided fresh ideas for finding my new career path. Losing my high stress position proved to be a blessing in disguise.  I’m now happily employed in a position I LOVE.  I appreciate every minute Carolyn spent with me. She made the job hunting experience a positive one.”

A.K.
Market Analytics, Winston-Salem, NC

“I sought out Carolyn’s services as a young professional unsure of what I wanted my next career move to be. Carolyn’s services and guidance helped me gain an understanding of what career fields I would most enjoy and succeed in. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carolyn and would definitely recommend her to others.”

D.D.
Marketing Associate, Charlotte, NC

“Carolyn Couch was a godsend – she gently mentored me through a period of overwhelming career crisis and adeptly guided me on a step-by-step process of how to choose my next career move and then make it happen. I would highly recommend her sincere caring and non-judgmental approach to anyone wanting to make a measured change in their lifestyle and career.”

L.W.
U.S Government, Winston-Salem, NC

“I was fired for the first time in my working career, which was very upsetting and created a lot of worry and fear. Carolyn helped me gain confidence in my abilities that I often do not acknowledge. She was incredibly helpful, and the exercises were very applicable. I highly recommend her. Her services are well worth the money.”

G.J.
Burlington, NC

I came to Carolyn feeling daunted and unsure about how to find a new job and by the end of our coaching sessions, I had a full toolkit, a major boost of confidence, and a job offer! Each of our sessions were well-focused, helping me to take the steps I needed to successfully land an offer. Carolyn is not only very skilled and knowledgeable about the job seeking process, but is an attentive and compassionate listener, making her a wonderful coach who I was eager to meet with each time.

M.H.

Transitioning Educator, Greensboro, NC

I came to Carolyn feeling daunted and unsure about how to find a new job and by the end of our coaching sessions, I had a full toolkit, a major boost of confidence, and a job offer! Each of our sessions were well-focused, helping me to take the steps I needed to successfully land an offer. Carolyn is not only very skilled and knowledgeable about the job seeking process, but is an attentive and compassionate listener, making her a wonderful coach who I was eager to meet with each time.

M.H.

Transitioning Educator, Greensboro, NC

Don’t let uncertainty hold you back any longer.

Your best-fit career is within reach, and as a coach I will guide you every step of the way.