17 Work & Career Coaching Exercises

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We spend, on average, around a third of our lives at work, yet many of us find ourselves in unfulfilling jobs or somehow ‘losing our way.’

This provides a huge opportunity for you—the coach—to help others make confident and informed career-related decisions, and better navigate the ever-changing world of work.

The 17 exercises included (PDF) include a diverse range of science-based techniques to help participants explore their aspirations, identify opportunities for professional change and growth, and find more meaning and satisfaction in their work.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Achievement Story

    Help clients identify and describe their proficiencies so they can leverage their areas of expertise to their maximum potential.

  • Analyzing Reasons for a Career Change

    Help participants understand why they want a change of career to understand if they truly want a complete career change or if they can change their current role to fit their needs better.

  • Career Discovery Reflection

    This exercise aims to help participants identify the common and repeating threads and patterns in their life that may orient them toward particular careers.

  • Job Analysis Through a Strengths Lens

    Help participants uncover potential career opportunities based on their strengths through self-reflection and analysis.

  • Career Deal-Breakers

    Help participants gain greater clarity about what they want professionally, allowing them to make career-related decisions based on non-negotiable deal-breakers.

  • Job Satisfaction Wheel

    This tool aims to measure the client’s perceived satisfaction/dissatisfaction across seven key domains of job satisfaction.

  • Million-Dollar Entrepreneur

    This exercise aims to help participants identify their values and strengths through creative thinking.

  • My Perfect Day at Work

    Help individuals consider their ideal day at work and extract valuable information that will help them reflect on their values and needs while doing so.

  • Nine Lives

    Help clients think creatively about their career preferences to look for common themes that indicate a predisposition for a particular career..

  • Stay or Leave? The Empty Chair Technique

    Help clients who are unsure whether to stay or leave their job to understand this conflict through illuminating and separating the two competing internal arguments.

  • Taking a Fantasy Job

    Through self-reflection and analysis of their fantasy job, participants can extract values and strengths and uncover the factors that make up their dream job.

  • The Five Ps of Job Preference

    Help participants identify what they are looking for in a job by considering their personal preferences related to the Five Ps of work.

  • What Work Means To You

    Help participants identify their orientation toward work as a job, a career, or a calling.

  • What You Care to Do Right

    Help clients extract values and strengths from their responses and consider careers that align with their abilities and what they consider important.

  • Workplace Comfort Zone Analysis

    Help clients measure their comfort zone at work (i.e., how comfortable they are in their current job) using the comfort continuum.

  • Your Best Possible “Work” Self

    Help clients explore their best possible future “work” self aims to promote optimism about the future, the belief that change is possible, and self-regulation.

  • Your Ideal Job Visionary

    Help clients visualize their ideal job so that they can clarify their aspirations and make informed career-related decisions.

This pack contains the 17 highest-rated work & career coaching tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, in the workplace, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive psychology, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to develop career coaching expertise, better help others, and grow your practice.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Rae MacDonald

    As I do not have a psychology background, I have purchased most of the “17 Collections.” I love that they are varied; each one is explained in detail about how to present to my clients, as well as what to look out for, so that my clients feel safe and experience growth. I can trust these resources to help with the transformation my clients want. I LOVE them! 

    Rae MacDonald Courageous Conversation Coach

  2. Vanessa MacDonald Renaud, CCC

    The 17 exercise workbooks have truly allowed me to see such growth in my clients in various areas, both personally and in significant relationships. These workbooks have allowed me to grow my business without burnout but with the utmost fulfillment.

    Vanessa MacDonald Renaud, CCC Counsellor & Psychotherapist

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