The Process

How Does Career Coaching Work?

Many people wonder, “How does career coaching work?” The process varies according to your individual goals, and the amount of time and energy you can devote to the process. It is always confidential.  Depending on your needs, my role may alternate between that of coach, consultant and teacher. The process may include one-on-one discussions, aptitude and career interest assessments, personality and values assessments, homework, reflection and, in some cases, role-play.

What to Expect

Through our time together, we will work on helping you unearth the answers you already possess but may not have realized you had. I facilitate but you provide many of the solutions — so we are partners in the process. Coaching is an investment you make in yourself — and it’s a good one if you are ready to devote the time and effort to achieve your career goals. I always tell my clients to be prepared:

  • To work — be engaged, do your homework, take time to reflect
  • To be challenged — see things differently and evolve your mindset
  • To find support and accountability — I’ll walk beside you but also have expectations
  • To surprise yourself — at what answers you can come up with
  • To experience positive change — in both your work AND personal life

Learn more about what to expect from coaching.

Benefits of Coaching

Coaching/consulting pays off in both tangible and intangible ways, including:

  • More effective salary and job offer negotiations
  • Shorter job searches
  • Better return on college investment dollars
  • More effective decision-making
  • A greater sense of purpose
  • A job you look forward to
  • More energy, less stress
  • Confidence, motivation, focus and accountability

If this is what you want, let’s connect soon…and get you started on your way!

Coaching Process Diagram



“A true professional, with experience and compassion and as well as knowledge and skill, Carolyn Couch understands the larger landscape of work and life in both challenges and opportunities. She also understands people. I recommend her without reservation. She will help you find your way.”

—L.B., Business Developer, Winston-Salem, NC


“Before working with Carolyn I was adrift at work and unmotivated. Carolyn has helped me regain my focus, figure out what I want out of my job, and made me excited to be at work again. Thanks Carolyn!”

—S.S., Higher Education Administrator, Arlington, VA