Laura Hall, NCC, CCC
Founder & Career Counselor
FAQs / What to Expect as a Career Counseling Client
Is the information I share with you confidential? I don't want my current employer to know that I'm dissatisfied at work.
All information shared throughout the career counseling process is treated confidentially. I occassionally consult on cases with colleagues in the career development field but always maintain client confidentially. Rare special circumstances in which information is shared with outside parties are discussed with the client.
How much does career counseling cost?
All of my services are offered at an hourly rate for sessions held in person or over the phone. I also offer packages for career assessment and resume-writing. If you think you might like to work together, call me to discuss your career situation and I will give you an estimate of the time and cost involved. Payment is made at the completion of each session and services can be terminated at any time, paying only for services rendered. I accept all major credit cards and personal checks.
I'm concerned that my age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. may be a barrier in terms of reaching my career goals. Are these factors ever addressed during career counseling?
My training and career counseling education have had a strong emphasis on the impact of multicultural factors on the career decision-making process. I am experienced at working with career concerns related to age, gender, ethnicity, race, country of origin, sexual orientation, social and familial influences and religion/spirituality and am mindful of the bearing these factors have on the career planning process.
The economy and job market is always changing. How do you stay current with issues that may impact my job search?
I regularly participate in professional development activities and am committed to being well-informed on developments in the labor market and career world. I have received extensive training (and certifications when applicable) on the career assessments and evaluation tools that I use with clients and am always adding to and deepening my knowledge of career assessment approaches and new trends in career development.
Is there a difference between career counselors and career coaches or career consultants?
Yes, there are differences with regard to the services provided by and credentials of career counselors and career coaches. Career counselors help people make and implement career plans. They are trained in counseling, career assessment and interpretation, and career development. Career coaching often focuses more on the motivational aspects of career development.
Professional career counselors have a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited institution, pass the National Board for Certified Counselors Exam and have at least two years of supervised career counseling experience. Career counselors are regulated by the National Board for Certified Counselors and adhere to the NBCC’s code of ethics. There are no regulatory organizations for career coaches or career consultants nor is there a standard or state exam, a uniform code of ethics or a monitoring organization.
It can be confusing because there are so many certifications related to career coaching and the programs vary widely in terms of quality. For a detailed comparison chart of career service providers, visit the National Career Development Association’s website at: