Should I Become a Coach?

Should I Become a Coach?

What does the life coach do?

Life coaches offer guidance to all types of people in different stages of their lives. Some life coaches might focus solely on certain types of situations, like advancing careers, while others may be willing to help with nearly any life transition.

A life coach will often act as a sounding board for his clients. He is often expected to listen closely to their concerns and problems. Many times, he will also be able to look at a client’s life with an unbiased eye and offer fresh perspectives on certain situations. In doing so, the life coach will usually be able to help his client work through any hurdles or problems he may face.

Before a life coach can help a client, however, he first needs to initiate an in depth interview. During this interview, the life coach should be made aware of what a client’s wants, needs, and goals are in life.

Helping each client is different for everyone, and it is a very individualized process. Methods that work for one client, for instance, may not work for another. Because of this, a life coach must develop plans based on each client’s strengths, weaknesses, abilities, and limitations. A life coach will also usually take into consideration each client’s morals and values.

Another important duty of a life coach is to keep track of his clients’ progress. He will often give them action-oriented homework assignments that are designed to help them move toward their goals, for instance. A life coach also often demands accountability from his clients, but also acts as a source of inspiration and encouragement.

Are there any educational requirements for this career path?

There are typically no strict education requirements for starting a life coaching career. Depending on where you live, you may not even be required to be certified or licensed to start a life coaching career. However, savvy clients now understand the significance of individuals obtaining a good well rounded education in the rudimentary skills of coaching obtained through the process of coach training and certification. Successful life coaches realize that a good and well rounded education is imperative for a successful career also. Aspiring life coaches can choose a number of different paths once they obtain certification.

Where does the life coach work?

Some life coaches may be able to find employment with a few select universities and corporations. There are also a handful of large life coaching firms that hire life coaches as well. The majority of life coaches, however, typically work for themselves, opening their own life coaching practices. In some cases, two or more life coaches may be able to team up together, bringing a wider range of services and areas of expertise together.

What is the average earnings of a newly certified coach?

It can be difficult to forecast your salary as a life coach, because publicly available sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics do not record specific salary data for areas of specialization like life coaching. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does record salary data for school and career counselors, which are considered similar professions to life coaching. These professionals earned a median salary of $53,380 in 2011. A second resource, Payscale.com, reports that life coaches typically earn between $23,000 and $105,000.  This range is extremely broad, and is representative of factors such as an individuals ability to attract clientele, and competition within the field.

Why be a coach? Try these reasons on.

  1. Fulfill your purpose by truly make a difference in supporting others. You are someone who has a passion to impact the world in a positive way. You can become the light to make others journey clearer, with purpose and with fewer stumbles blocks. ?
  2. Help build teams that excel in pursuit of their mission and goals. Real teamwork is actually quite rare. What is common is to find groups of people reporting to same managers, sitting in same offices, but not performing like a true team. Willing to share, support and give their all for the greater good.
  3. Add real meaning and purpose to the time you spend with all others. With coach training integrated into your life, your listening will be deeper, your connection to others stronger and relationships, both professional and personal, can rise to a higher level more meaningful level.
  4. Launch your career forward. Whatever your role now, the increased ability to create results can further your career. Results are often achieved with the support and effort of others. Coaching can assist you building the environment where you can flourish and help others flourish.
  5. Personal development, you will perform on a higher level. With a clearer understanding of your vision and purpose comes a life that is exciting and challenging. With a commitment of integrity to both yourself and your clients – you will be living a life admired by others.
  6. Have a life and business by your design. You coach when you want and who you want. You are the creative designer and developer of what will uniquely you.
  7. Fill that craving for Life Long learning. Coach is a leaning path, a path with a generous coaching community that loves to give and give and give. You will be part of this community.
  8. Coaches live abundant lives. Lives of friends, grateful clients, community, knowledge, understanding, money, contentment, love.
  9. Expand your world. Meet and work with wonderful people from around the globe.
  10. Change the world one person at a time. Helping one person have a better relationships is not just helping that person, but all the people connected to that person. You are not just a coach but a world changer.

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