It’s conventional wisdom that by a certain age you are supposed to accept one thing: you aren’t going to have your dream job. Maybe you fell into a job, maybe you hold a job out of pure necessity. In some cases, you may have progressed somewhat in a field of your choosing, but stalled out somewhere along the way.
Whatever the scenario, most of us come to believe that purpose— true purpose — has no place in the day to day realities of having a career. We stay in jobs that don’t align with our values and, consequently, push our values to the side.
What more and more people are realizing is that there are options out there that allow you to combine purpose with career. Life coaching allows you to manifest and create a career based on core values and principles that drive you, and allows you to serve as a transformative force in the lives and careers of others.
Discovering a Role as Coach It’s conventional wisdom that by a certain age you are supposed to accept one thing: you aren’t going to have your dream job. Maybe you fell into a job, maybe you hold a job out of pure necessity. In some cases, you may have progressed somewhat in a field of your choosing, but stalled out somewhere along the way.
Becoming a life coach is a process of discovery, or re-discovery if we really dial in on it. As you consider your transition into a career as a life coach, consider the following:
➢ What inspires me or has inspired me in the past?
➢ Can I leverage what inspires me to drive my coaching career?
➢ What have I left behind that I can rediscover as inspiration?
➢ What transformative change can I engender by becoming a coach?
Answering these questions is a key first step in aligning purpose with career and becoming a life coach. By exploring these questions, you can rediscover your own resources and use them to construct a pathway to success as a professional coach.
The Options Available to you in Life Coaching
Once you have considered the transformative implications of becoming a life coach, you might ask yourself, “Is this really a possibility?” After all, jumping careers requires some assurance that you have real options waiting for you after that leap.
The good news is this: life coaching is gaining acceptance across the professional and corporate worlds, providing ample opportunities for someone looking to become a mentor or consultant.
Coaching: The Stats
Across the corporate world, the numbers are demonstrating the value of coaching. Multiple studies, including one run by Metrix Global, indicate a sizeable ROI for companies that invest in executive coaching. Current statistics show, too, that 21 to 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use coaching, according to a study by the Hay Group.
With a demonstrated ROI and popular opinion in the Fortune 500 world rallying behind the idea, it’s no surprise that coaching has become a rapidly growing field. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the number of coaches around the world grew from just over 47,000 to 53,300 from 2012 to 2016.
Coaching: The Opportunities
As the popularity of coaching grows, the variety of opportunities out there increases, as well. The area of internal coaching is one niche in which you can grow your skills as a coach and work to transform the culture within a company.
As an internal coach, you might:
➢ Prep management and team leaders for new leadership roles at a company
➢ Help management enhance their leadership skills
➢ Develop creative solutions for challenges facing a team or individuals
➢ Enhance and transform in-house culture
The therapeutic nature of working as an internal coach can be a real and vital way in which to align purpose with career. Alternatively, there is also the option of working as an external consultant with life coach and executive coach training. By supplementing your consultancy portfolio with professional coaching skills, you can add another level of complexity to your offering while still maintaining the autonomy and flexibility that comes with consultancy work.
The unique thing about becoming a professional coach is that you begin to manifest change on two levels: in your own life and in the lives of your clients. As you consider your options, ask yourself: do I have the drive to become a changemaker?
Understanding what drives you will help you tailor a unique approach to life coaching that will distinguish you in the marketplace. As you consider these questions and your journey, contact our team. We can help you explore your options and discover what you can bring to the table as a professional coach.
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