You studied hard, you learned so much, you earned your degree – and now what? In years past, a B.A. was the key to finding a good job. However, in today’s complex job market, your hard-earned degree may not open many doors. In fact, many university graduates find themselves serving coffee at Starbucks or working at other jobs with little scope just to survive. Finding meaningful work after your university graduation can seem nearly impossible, particularly if your degree is in one of the liberal arts such as psychology, English, history or philosophy. But recent university grads are particularly suited to the field of life coaching for teens and young adults – and helping young people find their way to success is a significant way to contribute to your community, to Canadian society and to the world.
Why Be a Life Coach?
A life coach for young people helps clients change undesirable behaviours and get on the right track for success. As a recent university graduate, you are acutely aware of the types of stresses that young people are facing today. As someone who has faced obstacles and overcome them, you are uniquely qualified to help another young person who may have lost his or her way.
Many teens, when faced with obstacles such as learning problems, bullying or social anxiety, choose the wrong way to cope with them. They may become disengaged from the world, adopting a “why bother?” attitude. They may become dependent on marijuana or obsessed with video games. They may suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety and lose hope. They may develop anger issues or refuse to talk about their problems with the adults in their lives.
A life coach can often get through to a young person when their parents and others cannot. Because certified life coaches are trained to help others discover their strengths, they can guide clients toward finding their own strategies for success.
Do your friends often come to you for advice? Do you enjoy helping people solve problems? You may be a natural! Being a life coach or mentor pays well and the training process can be both exciting and rewarding. The best type of training follows the established medical model: Learn one, do one, teach one.
Ken Rabow, a well-known mentor to teens and young adults who need help getting back on track, runs Real Life Coaching, a resource for young people and their parents. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Rabow also trains people like yourself to become a professional certified life coache for troubled teens and young adults.
Real Life Coaching’s program progresses through three separate levels, which range from working with clients facing mild challenges to working with those who may be dealing with mental illness or addictions. You can earn from $35/hour to $100/hour, depending on the level of service required. One of the hallmarks of Rabow’s program is its emphasis on a 12-week hands-on practicum. Combined with intensive training, these practicums help to fully prepare you to become a professional life coach/mentor.
If you want to make your work count, become an agent of change in the life of a young person. Become a Real Life Coaching life coach!