A career coach focuses primarily on how to decide on, and / or advance, your career whether internally or with a new employer. They are focused on you having clarity on your career goals and giving you practical steps to achieve them.
An executive coach focuses more in the business space, offering expert advice on how to become a better leader, how to make the right strategic decisions, developing key relationships and increasing productivity. This is mostly done on a one-on-onebasis. It can include what may be holding you back from furthering your career.
A Business Coach tends to be someone who works closely with a business owner at a strategic level in their business. Business coaching, and more specifically the Coach, hold you accountable to your business goals. A Business Coach often have domain or industry expertise that they can bring to the sessions.
A Life Coach works with an individualon how to gain a fulfilling life. They focus on helping you to identify what someone wants in life and suggest strategies and tactics that will take you from ‘where you are now’ to ‘where you want to be’. The focus tends to be on personal growth.
There is very often overlap between the areas that coaching can cover. What is most important for you is to clearly identify with a potential Coach what outcomes you would like to achieve and for you to understand their expertise in supporting that to happen.
Good tips are to look at area Coach’s background (experience, skills and qualifications) and testimonials. Ideal backgrounds for career coaches, depending on their specialisation, are recruitment / professional development focused roles as well as experience in a leadership / management role. There are specialised Career Coaches that focus on career change so commonly they will have experienced this themselves or in transitioning into executive roles