Life Coaching Programs and Careers Q&A

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What careers can I pursue with a life coaching certificate?

With a certificate in life coaching, you can work with individuals in varying stages of life; you can focus on a specific type of client, or work with the general population. Types of clients you might consult with include people who are in transition, whether they’re starting a new job, moving to a new state or about to retire. You might also work with clients to provide assistance in specific areas of life—some people just want help in becoming more organized, improving relationships or knowing how to balance work and life better. Learn about your career options.

What degree programs will I take?

To become a life coach, you won’t need to take any degree programs, only a certificate course. This is part of what makes life coaching such a great career path for certain people; if you’re changing careers later in life, for instance, or you never had an opportunity to earn a degree. Read about life coaching certificate programs.

What can I expect after I submit a request for information for a school?

After you request more information from a program or school, they’ll contact you to talk about opportunities and courses that interest you. You should use this time to get answers to all your questions about life coaching school. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about curriculum, instructors, financial aid and more.

Is financial aid available for life coaching school?

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources. Government financial aid is the most common, but before you can be considered for aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, private loans and PLUS loans.

What types of courses will I take?

While you don’t need a four-year degree to become a life coach, you’ll need to enroll in a program that will prepare you for the career. Life coaching coursework will typically include classes in goal setting, motivation skills, ethics, communication and record keeping.

Is it better to work for myself or an employer?

Because life coaching is still a fairly new career, it may be easier to start off working for an employer. Life coaches can often be found in vocational services, private agencies and other types of facilities. The advantages are usually medical benefits and a regular schedule. However, self employment can offer greater flexibility and the potential to earn more (once you’ve established a large client base). Marketing yourself and building a solid reputation are usually the biggest obstacles when you first start out.

If I work for myself, what will I need to learn?

If you plan to be self employed, you’ll need to know some business tactics and have the right personality fit. You should take classes in business administration and accounting in order to keep books, manage payroll and keep up on health insurance policy. If you’re going to employ others, courses in management or human resources will guide you in the right direction. Most life coaching programs include a course or two on business practices as well.

Does school program accreditation matter for life coach careers?

You should look for life coach programs that are accredited by the International Coach Federation (IFC). Enrolling in an accredited program means you’ll learn the skills that the ICF recognizes as necessary to work as a life coach.

What type of licensing (if any) will I need?

Life coaches don’t need a license to practice, however, they can become certified by the ICF. This certification isn’t required by law, but can help boost your credentials.

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