I needed something more than spending 9 hours in the office every day - I craved more challenges and variety in my life.
I was really into personal development and wanted to realise my full potential and also help other people do the same. I was searching for different possibilities, and by chance I came across The Coaching Academy’s Free Foundation in Life Coaching Course. This was the answer I was looking for! I attended this course and after listening to all those passionate and professional coaches, I decided that I would like to do the same, so I enrolled on TCA’s Personal Performance Diploma.
What was/is your profession before becoming a coach?
I was an English teacher and then Operations Associate, which was a typical office work connected with customer service.
What was the most rewarding part of your training/journey?
The whole journey with The Coaching Academy was an amazing experience. I liked Accelerator days, webinars, mentoring sessions. Everything was interactive and interesting. I gained a lot of knowledge which I use in my life and I also met many inspiring people. The best feeling though was when I received my diploma with a distinction, because this was my aim from the beginning of my training and I achieved it!
How did you fit coach training into your busy life?
To be fair, after spending the whole day at work the only thing you need is rest. But I was highly motivated to complete my coaching course as soon as I could. I knew the reason why I wanted this and there was no lenient treatment. I set a time frame for completing the course and started to prioritise my activities. Then I stuck to my plan and there were no excuses.
Where are you now? How are you using your coaching skills?
I am self-employed now and I give coaching sessions to individuals, who want to take life in their hands and be more proactive. I use my coaching skills during one-on-one coaching sessions to empower my clients, and to stimulate them in a way they could find more possibilities to achieve their goals. I also use these skills on myself. As a coach, I have to give a good example to my coachees, so I have clear goals and an action plan to follow. Moreover, in this business it is important to constantly develop yourself and your coaching skills, so I read a lot on personal development and attend many workshops and trainings.
What is your coaching niche and why did you choose it?
I work with adults who want to find their inner strength and become more confident, assertive and more communicative. I picked this niche mainly because I noticed that many people have problems with clear and concrete expression of their point of view or needs. Nowadays, confidence is crucial if you want to find a better job or get better results at work or in your private life. Being confident and assertive enables us to gain success and satisfaction.
What are your top tips for:
People who are looking to become qualified as a professional coach
First of all, if you think that it is for you, do not wait and do not let doubts such us: it's too difficult, I will not have time, I will not manage to complete it etc. to creep in. Just think about all benefits you could gain and follow your inner voice!
Those currently in training with TCA
Be self-disciplined and organise your time well. Remember to fill in your record learning sheets on a regular basis. Keep practicing your coaching skills as often as you can and stay positive.
Coaches, that are about to qualify
Check whether your Final Assessment Paper meets all necessary requirements. All useful information is on TCA website. If you are not sure about something, do not guess just ask. The TCA Support Team is always willing to help. And the most important thing: celebrate your success after completing your course!
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Cliodhna ODea, our accomplished coach shares how she was inspired to turn her passion for personal development into a fulfilling coaching career. Cliodhna discovered coaching after meeting an inspiring graduate of The Coaching Academy and has since transformed her life. We hope you enjoy