Career Coach College – Making the Transition

Pretend that I’m a career coach college and not a writer ( well, some will say that I’m not a writer, but that’s a different story or debate). My career coach college has a special class about making the transition from having a career to coaching careers. It’s a basic career coach college course – Transition 101 – and if you thinking of becoming a coach, it is a mandatory course in my college.

Career Coach College – Transition 101

Getting tired of sitting behind a desk, hiding in a cubicle, taking orders from a boss straight out of the movie Horrible Bosses? If so, you are not alone. According to a Gallup survey, 71 percent of workers are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” from the work. Data from the Hay Group shows that 38 percent of workers plan to leave their employers in the next three years. Also, a survey of 26,000 workers done by Parade Magazine and Yahoo! Finance found that 60 percent of workers would select a different career. Wow – that’s an army of unhappy workers!

If you are one of the unhappy army, don’t plot to kill your boss like the characters in Horrible Bosses, start a new career – as a career coach. Transitioning from the nine-to-five or corporate world to the field of coaching is not as difficult as you may think. There is no career coach college for you to attend, but there are ways to make the transition as smooth as possible.

From Career to Career Coach in Simple Five Steps

  1. Complete a career coaching program, attend seminars, read blogs, and gain as much knowledge as you can about the coaching profession. At the completion of an accredited coaching program, you should get a certification.
  2. Create a business plan that includes everything you need to start a business. Create a business plan, secure any necessary funding, design a website, get all necessary business and tax permits, find an office location. Decide on your areas of expertise and your niche withing the career coaching field. Use your own career and experience as a guide.
  3. Begin to network with other coaches and find a mentor coach if possible. Working with experienced coaches is a great way to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
  4. Begin promoting and marketing for clients. This is a necessary evil for most coaches, but marketing and promotion are vital to your success. Promotion can begin online as this is often the least expensive method, but all avenues of marketing should eventually be explored.
  5. Quit your job and leave your other career behind. You will notice that this is not the first one on the list. If you have a hefty bank account and can afford to go a year or so without pay, by all means quit your job and career first, and then begin your pursuit of a coaching career. However, most people cannot afford to transition this way and will need to start their coaching career while still maintaining employment.

You are now all finished with your first course from my career coach college. Now that you know the basic steps, it is time to take action and look for the right career coach program. Think of this program as a career coaching college and you will be on your way to getting your diploma – a diploma actually worth something!

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Fred Philips
Business Coach
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