As there is a difference between people, there is also a difference between coaches. Just like ‘normal’ people, you encounter coaches in all shapes and sizes. They come from all walks of life, differences in background, origin, education, personality and life path.
We can conclude that with so many backgrounds there is also a variety of reasons why people follow a coaching course. In the 10 years that we train students as coach, these are the six most common reasons why you want to become a coach. Often it is a combination of several reasons why you want to follow the coaching course. In random order:
The talented helper
‘I like to help people, I am often a listening ear for friends and I regularly hear that I have to become a coach.’ These people are very satisfied with the fact that they can help others. They experience that they are good at inputting and reporting with others, but they lack coaching tools and techniques. For you to become a coaching insider –member this is important.
The experience expert
By having experienced something necessary in life or by taking a certain path, many have noticed how important it is to be in conversation with someone other than your acquaintances. These people want to make their profession from the experiences they have gained in life. These students know better than anyone what it is like to face difficulties and what it takes to create a balance in life.
These are students who already have a lot to do with people in their profession or work environment and who already coach in a certain way without being noticed. In their work they notice that they can function at a much higher level when they would master the skills as a coach. They see the added value of coaching in the workplace. The professionals who will follow a coaching course are, for example, teachers (from kindergarten teacher to university lecturer), directors, managers, team leaders, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, trainers, HR staff, social workers, nurses, etc.
The personal developer
This studious student does the coach training for his own development process. They are students who want to deal more consciously with themselves and their environment. As a coach you constantly work on yourself, for example by following coaching courses, training and education; but also your clients keep you constantly sharp. If you coach others, you also coach yourself, the other person acts as a mirror.
The world improver
These are future coaches who see the coaching trajectory as a special tool with which you can let people reach their highest potential. ‘Every time it is special when a coachee comes into contact with his talents and also starts to trust’. These students want to change the world through coaching their clients.
The career coach
Have you ever thought about what you would want to do for the rest of your life? These students do not want to work for one and the same employer all their lives or carry out the same type of work. The special thing about coaching is that you can do it up to your hundredth. Just like good wine, you only get better when you get older. Many coaches first combine their own practice with their current job and eventually switch to a full-time practice. Whatever the main reason may be to follow a coaching training, which all (student) coaches have in common is that they want to make a difference for someone else.