Category Archives: Career Transition

Why Do You Want To Become a Coach?

Before you start figuring out how to become a coach, take some time to reflect on why you want to become a coach. I previously shared, in the Why Become a Coach? post, the main answers I was given by fifteen coaches I contacted.

It’s easy to surf the web and talk to coaches about the profession of coaching in order to find out more about it. Going inward and finding out your ‘why’ is a more reflective process that some may be resistant to. Plus the true answers may not be apparent right away. You may need to understand the profession better and what your skills, expertise and talents are before you can get to the deeper answers.

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Discovering Your Unique Talents

We each have skills, gifts and/or talents that we are naturally good at and love to do! Some of these unique talents we know about and some may be waiting to be discovered or re-discovered. Often we don’t recognize our talents as we think everyone finds that particular activity as easy to do as we do. In some cases we may have buried our talent after being told there was no money to be made using it or we may have followed a career path that our parents thought would be better for us.

Imagine how energizing it would be to live your life using your unique talents most of the time, whether it be in work or play!

To discover your unique talents consider these ‘clues’:

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Is It Time for a New Career or a New Job?

It can be tempting to jump into a new career like coaching if you’re not feeling satisfied, fulfilled or challenged in your current job. Before you make the leap to a new profession, figure out if what you need is a new job or a new career. The two exercises below can help you figure this out.

Even if you’re already a coach, self-employed or enjoy your job, the exercises below can reveal valuable insights about your current work tasks and work environment.

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Is It Time For a Career Change?

Are you in a career that you really don’t like?  Did you choose your career to make your parents proud?  Did you not pursue a passion because others told you it wasn’t practical, you weren’t good enough etc etc.  Or maybe you think you’re too old to find a career you love?  If so, think again.

Career coach Pamela Kleibrink Thompson shares reasons why many of us are in careers that hide our passion.  If you find yourself in any of her examples, it may be time to start figuring out what you truly want to do.

The article is worth a read:  Career Coaching:  Unmasking Your True Potential

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

According to a 2005 poll by Harris Interactive, 41% of American workers are not satisfied with their jobs.  Could you leave a career or job you’ve been in for 10, 15 or 20+ years to follow a passion?

Michael Lombardi did just that.  He left behind 27 years in corporate finances to become a weatherman – an avocation he didn’t believe could be his vocation, until now.

So how does this story relate to coaching?   Life and career coaching aren’t even mentioned in the article.  I just love to read and share stories about people who decide to live their passion or purpose.  And that’s what Michael did.

To read more visit:  A Midlife Crisis Doesn’t Have to Be One