The short answer is yes, absolutely. The slightly longer answer is yes, if you really want it and if you’re willing to put in the time, energy and commitment that you would to make any career a success, whatever the term “success” means for you.
In this article, we will explore some of the factors that will contribute to how you can make a successful career as a life coach, including the benefits of undertaking good quality coach training, what personal qualities you need to hone in on, and what’s needed to make a successful career actually happen. We also share a collection of varied case studies from just a few of the Animas graduates that have created successful careers as life coaches to give you an idea of what is possible if you are serious about a career as a life coach.
Now, being a coach training school, you probably assume that we believe that undertaking good quality, rigorous and professional coach training is essential for anyone that is serious about making a career as a life coach. And you’d be spot on.
‘Serious’ is the key word here.
While there are undoubtedly coaches out there who have turned their practice into a successful career without any training, the benefits that undertaking formal coach training brings can be instrumental to your development as a coach, and in turn your chances of turning your craft into a career. If you are serious about being the best coach that you can, then selecting a life coaching course that provides you with a firm grasp of coaching skills and aptitudes is a wise move.
A solid grounding in coaching skills and knowledge allows you to be more flexible, adaptable and versatile to whatever challenges and situations come up with a wide variety of clients. And on top of this, many students say that training has provided them with a massive confidence boost, as they know that whatever arises, they have the knowledge and tools to adapt to what their clients bring to the coaching space.
It can be difficult to know what to look for in a coaching course, however, the coach training that you receive should offer rigorous assessment, real-life client work and provide you with the knowledge that serves as the foundation of your coaching toolbox. A toolbox which you can then continue to add to after qualification through further training, additional CPD short courses, supervision sessions and the all important coaching experience that you build as you continue on your journey.
Work out what makes you ‘you’
Some will argue that it is high-quality life coach training that sets you apart from the “poor” coaches out there, giving you a step up on the competition. While there is definitely an element of truth to this, our slight niggle here lies with the word ‘competition’.
The life coaching industry is certainly growing and some believe on the verge of becoming saturated. But this idea that it is so swamped that making a career from it is becoming harder and harder as it becomes more popular misses the mark by some way. Fundamentally, life coaching is still a relatively nascent industry, particularly in Europe. And there are enough clients out there for all of us as we all have something different to offer.
And this is key to turning your coaching into a career – working out what you offer that sets you apart from the rest.
As a coach you are more than just your training. The training acts as a catalyst, but it is your journey of change, growth and transformation as a coach that follows that’s key to understanding what you offer that makes you unique. This clarity may be apparent to you early on. For many it will ultimately emerge over time through practice and experience, and that’s absolutely fine.
Figuring out what makes you unique is what will shape who you most love to work with, and the type of work that you want to do. Armed with this knowledge, you will also have a clearer idea of where your strengths lie and the areas that you need to develop. All of this together will allow you to go about making a career you love a reality.
Patience, consistency & perseverance
There will be ups and downs, that’s a given. You will make mistakes, lots of them, and at times you might want to give up. There will be days when you absolutely love what you do, and other days where your motivation is non-existent. However, that is all part of this journey, and if you are able to persevere when the going gets tough, be consistent in everything that you do, i.e. do the work you have to do even when you don’t feel like it, and above all be patient, you stand yourself in good stead to make a successful career as a life coach.
We aren’t saying that creating a career from life-coaching is easy by any means, but we are saying that with the right attitude, skills, self-awareness, resilience, patience and determination it is certainly possible.
Animas graduate case studies
Don’t just take our word for it though. Here are some short case studies from just a few of our graduates that have successfully created amazing life coaching careers for themselves, including what they feel were some of the most pivotal elements to achieving this goal.
We hope that you found this article useful!