Unlock Your Career Potential with Expert Guidance

We help you launch, reinvent and advance
your career. 

Are you feeling lost in your career journey? Unsure about your next move? Welcome to The Next Step Career Coaching, where we specialize in guiding individuals like you toward fulfilling and successful careers.

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The Next Step Career Coaching LLC Carolyn Couch


My name is Carolyn Couch, and for more than 20 years I’ve helped people navigate their career paths.

Between private practice and my tenures with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ,  Wake Forest University and Gonzaga University, I have helped thousands of working professionals, and students to define and clarify some of life’s biggest career questions.

From young adults just starting to explore careers to professionals contemplating major career changes, I’ve assisted individuals with choosing, changing, and advancing their careers  – and I can help you, too.

Please explore some of the traditional ways professionals and students,  work with me, or simply book a free call to discuss your career journey and we’ll decide the next best step together. 

Here’s How We Help…


If you have a job target in mind but don’t know how to market yourself, or you haven’t been in the job market for a while, we can help you with resume and cover letter development, personal branding, interview skills, and the job search process.


If you feel restless in your current job, are unsure what to do next in your career, or need help finding the right direction, we can look at your strengths, values, and ideal potential jobs to help you navigate your next career move.


If you are a student or have a student who is unsure of what career path to take, what to study, or how to search for a job or internship, we can assist in finding the way. 


If you want to move up in your organization, be successful in your new or current role, establish better relationships with your boss, employees, and co-workers, or create a strategic career plan, we can help.

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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!

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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!”

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!”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

U.S Government, Winston-Salem, NC

Here's Our Process:

We understand that every career journey is unique. That's why we take the time to get to know you, your goals, and your aspirations. Our personalized approach ensures that you receive tailored solutions that fit your needs.

1 - Book a Call

Book a call with Carolyn Couch to determine what your next best steps should be in your career journey.

2 - Pick a Package

Depending on where you are in your career, select a package from our services, or Carolyn will recommend your next step.

3 - Unlock Your Future

Your optimum career is within reach, and we're here to guide you every step of the way. We'll work together to help you create more satisfaction in your work.