Coaching – who does it and why?

Executives do it! Top MBA students do it! Managers do it! Leaders do it! Professionals do it! And what about you, do you do it?

Talking to hundreds of students at schools and universities I realised that most of them are not familiar with the concept of “coaching”; at least until you actually enter the business world.

So, I have decided to take this unawareness to an end and share with you what coaching is about and how it will be beneficial for you, no matter how little professional experience you have. In fact, the earlier you start embarking on a coaching experience, the more fulfilment and goal realization you will find earlier on.

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What is IYLC coaching about?

Coaching developed its fundamentals from the world of sports. Many of you have had a sports coach or trainer who would look at how you execute particular exercises and correct you, at least in a traditional concept. There would be a clear goal you are working towards like training for a marathon or achieve a 90% hit rate with your forehand. In any of these cases, the coach or personal trainer would give feedback and support you in achieving your objective. It is common to work with sports coaches from early age but what about coaches for other areas in our life? Coaching, at its essence, is about working with a client in designing and implementing meaningful changes, which will ultimately lead to the achievement of goals. Young people pursue many important objectives such as finding and securing the right education for them; finding and securing the right job. If you spend money, time and effort to work through your training plan to finally have this flat stomach then it is about time to get the same support for your educational and professional goals. And like Steve Jobs said “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? We’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it’d better be damn good.”

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Who uses coaches or coaching?

In the introduction I gave a small list of different profiles which use coaching. (Check the first sentence if you want to recall them) What do all of these have in common? They all strive to achieve their goals, which we can agree do vary depending if you are Eric Schmid, CEO of Google, or Max Fischer, Harvard MBA student. They can aim at improving their communication skills, leadership styles, understanding why and how they react under stress, develop better work life balance, understand better their strengths and weaknesses and many others. At the International Young Leaders Club our coaching with students is also as diverse as our students are. Nonetheless, the main objective that we are addressing across the coaching journey is a young person’s journey from education to employment. All these examples are also part of overall goals such as securing the right education or securing the right employment or launching into an entrepreneurial career.

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How to find the right coach?

Are you intrigued and want to experiment growing your employability muscles with the help of a professional coach? There are a variety of coaches out there if you look for them on Google. But what is important in this search is finding the right match. Make sure to understand a coach’s credentials like certification and training as well. The International Coach Federation is the leading reference organisation in the industry. Identify which areas of focus a coach has; you would be looking for expertise in career, entrepreneurship, executive coaching or leadership. Those draw great parallels in their approach to what you are trying to achieve. Lastly, it has to be a match. You have to feel comfortable to open up and trust.

At IYLC, we provide coaching to young people with a portfolio of certified coaches who have helped many young people transition form education to employment. We have helped students embark on their entrepreneurial ventures and find the studies and careers that play to their strengths. Most importantly, we have helped hundreds understand themselves better. Remember great leaders know themselves best!