What is a Job Coach? Someone who celebrates your successes



As Supported Employment Professionals, job coaches at Dirkse Counseling and Consulting provide a valuable service to our clients as they find success and fulfillment at work. It is an exciting position – we support, supervise, collaborate, and communicate.  I asked our Vocational Specialist Supervisor Bryan Moore to share his perspective on this growing field.

“Our primary role is to work ourselves out of a job. We want to make those relationships between our client and co-workers, so they don’t rely on us. We want management to be comfortable in supervising our clients just like anyone else. We want to teach our clients how to be comfortable with their job so that we are no longer needed. That is always the ultimate goal ‘how can I get my client stable enough, so they don’t need me’”

“I love job coaching for a few reasons. One, you get to see different places and people every day. See how places are run and how different relationships are built. You also get to see clients grow; it is amazing to watch a client go from not knowing how to use a broom to working 20 hours a week independently and advocating for themselves.”

Regarding how a coach can benefit the business; because job coaches work closely with clients and employers, communication is very important, and we want the employers to know that our support goes both ways. We are there as liaisons with the same goal – to celebrate the successes of our clients who have become great employees!


By Kristi Metschan. For more info about our mission & programs, call Glenn Bishop: (503)-265-9256 or email gbishop@dirksecc.com.