Coachingprofession: In der Juli-Ausgabe 2016 des Magazins Discover Germany
ist ein Artikel über brandinvest Corporate Coaching zum Thema „Coach werden“ erschienen:
Becoming a coach: A fulfilling profession that needs maturity, attitude and the right training
There are many different reasons why people decide to become business coach – and as many ways into the job. The more important it is to find the right training. Even though some people might be sceptical about what the job title entails, it is indeed a profession that comes with great responsibility. Brigitte Wolter, founder of brandinvest Corporate Coaching, has a long-term experience not only as coach but also as trainer for those who want to become one.
When someone decides to become a coach the hardest part is not to find a training course, but to find the right one. In Germany alone there are about 30,000 coaches, consultants and trainers and one can find so many details about coaching that it easily becomes an information overload. The more important it is to work with a well-experienced and highly qualified person like Brigitte Wolter.
Large companies indeed often look very closely at the people they are working with. They mostly prefer coaches that have completed a training approved by coaching associations like the International Coach Federation (ICF) and have a long-term experience not only as business coach but also in leading management positions. That is something prospective coaches should bear in mind when looking for the right trainer. Brigitte Wolter for example is certified as senior coach by the German coaching association “Deutscher Bundesverband Coaching” (DBVC).
A meaningful but challenging occupation
At the beginning of their career many aspiring coaches do not really know what to expect and what the job entails. “Whoever decides to become a coach not only wants to work independently but often hope to find a meaningful and fulfilling occupation, that also allows them develop themselves,” describes Wolter what she encounters when working with aspiring coaches. Others like those already working as consultants want to gain additional qualifications and gain a new clientele. Indeed, helping others to understand themselves and their personality better is a strong meaningful experience with great potential for happiness for both: The coach and the client.
Brigitte Wolter still remembers how she started out as coach: “In my early 40s the idea matured to use my experience and knowledge as manager in an independent profession. And coaching seemed to be ideal.” Over the years she had had experienced the up and downs of management and finally the wish for autonomy and flexibility had gained the upper hand. Being a coach is something that involves the whole personality, it not only needs knowledge but also attitude. “It was not easy to grow into my new role as self-employed coach and step out of the role as managers I had become so used to,” says Wolter. It took nearly two years. But working with clients showed her that she was on the right path. How hard but also how exhilarating the first steps can be, is something Brigitte Wolter now shares with those she is now training to become coaches.
While working as coach might have great appeal, competition is very high. “I always tell novices that under certain circumstances they might have to bridge a long period financially, sometimes years, to establish themselves on the market,” says the well-established coach Brigitte Wolter. On the other hand qualified coaches can use their competences in other fields as well, they so to speak have refined their professional portfolio. What those training with Brigitte Wolter learn, will make them valuable employees in human resource management and with increasing interest in leading management positions.
Personal attributes are as important as professional experience
But which requirements do people have to fulfil to become a successful coach? “Prospective coaches should have experience in life, work and leadership and personal maturity, even though maturity in this case is not imperatively a question of age”, says Brigitte Wolter. And of course there are personal traits that are important: empathy, reflective faculty and excellent communication skills. Ideally a prospective coach also has psychological competences, has for example worked as psychological counsellor, alternative practitioner, psychologist or in psychotherapy. Experience in working with groups and understanding underlying dynamics are also advantageous.
Becoming a coach is nothing people can do in a day or a week. A professional training consists of at least 150 hours of training at the coaching location and additional time for course work, meeting with colleagues etc. When training with Brigitte Wolter the courses – often with very practical approach or working on case studies – will be spread over ten weekend-modules. In total the training takes a year, a necessary time period considering that becoming a coach also means reflecting on oneself and developing a coaching personality.
Link zum Magazin: Discover Germany Issue 40, July 2016 Seite 72/73
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