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Life coaches support their clients to be in command of their lives and make decisions in areas they are struggling with.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Life Coach do?
Life coaches support their clients to be in command of their lives and make decisions in areas they are struggling with. Life coaches are also known as personal coaches.
As a life coach, you would:
- meet clients and discuss their situation, beliefs and opinions
- help clients to set attainable goals
- motivate your clients
- monitor their progress and re-evaluate where necessary
- provide a supportive environment for clients.
Key skills and interests
To become a life coach, you would need:
- a passion for helping people
- excellent listening skills
- be able to put people at ease
- to be non-judgmental
- understand confidentiality requirements
- to be able to form relationships with people of all backgrounds and abilities
- the confidence to challenge clients in a caring way
- to keep to a professional code of ethics.
Working hours and conditions
As a life coach you would normally work a standard number of hours per week. Usually life coaches are self employed and so can set their own hours, but often work evening and weekends to fit round their clients.
You may work from home and do coaching sessions online, or meet clients in an office or public space.
How to become an Life Coach?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to become a life coach. However, your employment prospects may be improved if you have a diploma or a degree in counselling, psychology or a related field. To get into degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and maths would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
The International Coach Federation currently offers the only globally recognised, independent credentialling program for life coaches.
Life coaching has experienced explosive growth both in Australia and worldwide over the last few years. This strong growth is predicted to continue.
As people's desire to find fulfilment in all areas of their lives increases, so has the number of people seeking a coach to help them. There are likely to be very good prospects for well-credentialled coaches with qualifications in counselling or psychology.