Life Coaching in the UK is becoming more popular and it can be an incredibly rewarding career. But how do you break into the industry?
Tell Us About Your Career Background
I’ve had a varied career. I have done jobs I have loved, I have done jobs I have hated and some that have been OK – but I wanted more than a job, I wanted a purpose.
Do You Need Training to Become a Life Coach?
I think you have got to have an element of natural skills which can’t be taught on a course. You have got to be caring about people and you have got to prioritise other people’s needs and wants over yours to an extent. And yes you do need training to know how to get the best out of people and also with Life Coaching – which is the art form of asking questions.
What Qualifications Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?
I did a diploma in Life Coaching but each different school will have their own qualification as there isn’t currently a government recognised body which offers one qualification under one umbrella. It’s the quality of the training that really matters. I did a lot of research into what company I would go to, to do my training. And faster isn’t better. You need someone who is going to support you through your development, and actually give you some training and the best training will give you around 50 hours experience working with clients as part of your diploma.
What’s a Typical Week at Work Like?
Typically I will get up in the morning and sometimes i might have a breakfast meeting so that is 7am to be somewhere. I check all of my emails as obviously it’s my lifeline to my clients. Then I’ll look at my social networking and my media stuff to ensure it’s all in place and I will look at marketing and plan that around my client sessions. Generally I won’t see any more than three clients in a day. But some of them I will then be checking in with in the evenings via Skype. I run courses on a Monday and Tuesday night too. And it is also about getting out and about in the world and having as many conversations with people as possible about changing their lives.
What’s the Hardest Part of the Job?
The toughest part of the job is that it can be quite solitary. Although you spend a lot of time with people you spend a lot of time listening to other people. It isn’t talking about you. You have to part your personality for some of that and your hours of the day are totally focused in your client’s model of the world which means what you feel and think about life is actually irrelevant.
What is the Best Part of the Job?
My favourite part of what I do is seeing people’s faces the moment they realise they can do something that they thought they couldn’t!
What Personality Traits Does Someone Need to Become a Life Coach?
Care about others, self confidence, self motivated and intuitive.
What Career Tips Could You Give to Someone Wanting to Work in this Industry?
I think the first thing to identify is if you really like helping others then it’s really important that you follow a career path that encompasses that. That could be volunteering and maybe having a job at the same time but if you really care about people you have to nourish that need in you. I would actually recommend getting a Life Coach. A lot of people think Life Coaching is about giving advice and actually it’s not. It’s about guiding the other person to take their own advice. You need a lot of tools and skills in order to do that hence the need for good training.