Michelle Mudge-Riley DO,MHA, a physician career coach, and mentor says that deciding between a fully self-directed transition and one in which you use a coach or mentor to help you is often difficult. She says that conferences and coaches can be expensive — from $300 per hour to over $10,000. Dr. Mudge-Riley describes some benefits of using the coaching method, including accountability. She says if you need help with keeping the “big picture” in mind and keeping the details of the wavy road of a transition straight, using a coach may be beneficial for you.
Coaching provides support, she says, ‘To whom do you talk with about your transition? Is it other people who are also trying to transition or people who don’t “get it”? Is family members, a spouse or parent? If you don’t have one or two people in your life who know a lot about a career transition and who are emotionally removed from your choice and transition, you should strongly consider hiring a coach to help you.’