Career Coach vs Life Coach: What's the Difference?

As a child whenever you were faced with a personal struggle you turned to an experienced expert to help overcome your fears. On the sports field you turned to a coach for advice, and in the classroom you were guided by teachers. As an adult, you can turn to a life coach or a career coach for help when you hit a crossroads at either your job or your personal life.

While a life coach and a career coach are both meant to offer expert advice, guidance and the necessary resources to help you when you're in need, there are some differences.

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Career Coach

Even though your job is a big part of your life, any guidance you need in your career should come from a career coach, rather than a life coach. A career coach can help you design a career plan to reach your goals. From discovering different career paths to making the right choices to climbing the corporate ladder, a career coach will be with you every step of the way.

Many people believe that career coaches are only meant for experienced professionals who need to make calculated decisions in order to continue to advance their career, but this isn't always true. Career coaches are perfect for workers who are unsure about which job will suit them best or even recent graduates who need guidance on which skills they need to build upon.

Life Coach

While a career coach helps you achieve job-related goals, a life coach focuses on personal goals. Life coaches help clients determine which changes they want to make in their lives, and then help formulate the steps that need to be taken in order to reach these personal goals. Life coaching often involves getting in touch with your spiritual side, although life coaches are not therapists.

Unlike career coaches, life coaches help a client for a long period of time since goals and plans may change as one reaches different chapters in their life, whether it be marriage, children or old age.

Whether you choose a life coach or a career coach, the best thing about having a mentor by your side is that not only will they guide you through any obstacles that come your way, but when you achieve your goals they will be the first to celebrate with you as well.

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Christine Rochelle


Christine Rochelle specializes in search engine optimized content at PCG Digital Marketing in NJ and blogs for LifeStyler and Digital Dames. Christine has previously worked for a network television dot com, a national entertainment magazine and a NYC media gossip blog. Check out more of her work at

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