Do career coaches work? One study conducted by the International Coach Federation and PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 99 percent of professionals who had used a career coach came out of the experience somewhat or very satisfied from the experience. They are mostly beneficial if you need individualized help or you are time-pressed and really need to make a change sooner rather than later.
Finding a job today that best matches your interests is certainly doable. It can, however, take time, patience and persistence — and a little bit of help from a variety of resources and, possibly, coaches.
Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.