Do You Need an IT Career Coach?

Career coaches are nothing new, but did you know there are some who specialize in technology?

Recently, Michael Shur, an executive career coach and assessment specialist at, told Information Week:

“Within Silicon Valley, there’s now a much greater awareness that just because you’re smart about technology doesn’t mean that you know all about human interaction, management development and leadership skills. IT professionals, especially when they reach an executive level, require more career coaching.”

Would you hire an IT career coach to help you job hunt? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Why consider hiring an IT career coach. Here’s some things to consider:

  • Mentorship: If your technical skills are an issue, a career coach should be able to take the necessary steps to help you find the mentorship you need.
  • The Future: Many IT pros have a tendency to live in the moment. A good career coach can help broaden that vision by helping you create a long-term plan.
  • Generational Shifts: Today’s IT shops often are rife with multi-generational strife stemming from millennials’ and baby boomers’ disparate approaches to work, life, and office relationships. A coach may be able to help you understand how you process information and how your preferred way of working may be different from how other generations like to work.
  • C-Level Prep. C-level executives are expected to be more team-oriented with an increasingly global and strategic vision. Is that where you see yourself heading? Some experienced executive coaches specialize in advanced skills and sensitive transitions.

Then again, with rates around $250 per hour, it might be wiser for you to become an IT career coach.