Job coaches perform a number of interpersonal tasks related to career guidance. Their responsibilities often include helping to guiding young people or adults towards potential career paths, educating others about social or financial matters, and helping their clients develop into successful workers. They frequently work with both large and small organizations (including non-profit groups), and this line of work is primarily mental and requires little physical labor. The requirements to become a job coach vary by state, but it often include the passing of a required certification test. Larger employers often require at least a bachelor's degree in a related field such as psychology as well. Prior experience in a social services related field is often required.
Job coaches must work well with other people in a variety of environments, primarily in an office, but also occasionally at conferences or other locations as their employer demands. Personal interaction is a key requirement of this position, and job coaches must be capable of prolonged, effective interaction with their clients. They must also have a high degree of motivation to help others succeed. This position has variable hours depending on a variety of factors, but many job coaches work during regular business hours; a job coach's vacation time and weekend availability depend on their employer. This position is generally salaried as opposed to hourly, and it is usually fairly independent, generally with few direct coworkers and only one or two direct supervisors.
Job Coach Tasks
- Help individuals obtain and maintain employment.
- Conduct career assessments, advice, and job and social skill preparation.
- Aid individuals in selecting a suitable career path.