Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

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Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

Postby ksyu » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:42 pm

Hi all,

I just discovered Refuse to Choose and it's been a blessing. Like everyone, I felt there's been a lightbulb that just lit up on top of this Scanner's head.

Like every scanner, I'm pretty muddled with all my interests and thought a coach can help me out. But I can't decide between a lifecoach or a career coach or if I can do it myself?

To give you an idea of my background, I've been:
an English university lecturer in China
a PR specialist, freelance writer and Spanish language student in Chile
assistant marketing director in Thailand
editor of HIV booklets for an NGO and secondary English teacher in Vietnam
freelance journalist (pretty much anywhere)
currently, a business trainer in the USA teaching professional development. However, this might come to an end because of visa issues and it has forced me to re-evaluate what career I should do that would enable me to continue working overseas.

Did I mention I did all of the above in the last 2 years? whew. :D

Currently confused with the following interests:
Career: would love to help more people and go into into counseling or coaching in another country. I have discovered I love talking people through with their problems and brainstorming. I love to see the light shine in their eyes when they have a breakthrough. If so, have to figure out which type of counseling or coaching? And which work environment?
Career: I've always wanted to work in an NGO and deal with diverse cultures and international issues. I have an academic thirst to study geopolitics. Perhaps get an MA in international relations given my international experience.
Personal: it's also been my lifelong dream to write a novel of my travel experience
Personal: I've always wanted to live in Japan

I have been told I"ve been drifting from one job to another and one country after another. :? It'd be nice to finally have an address for a while.

My question is whether I need a life coach or a career coach to sort my issues above? Or if I can do it myself? Or if anyone has any ideas or insights into something I just haven't seen. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! :)
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Re: Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

Postby Vickih » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:51 am

Well you could be dedicated and sort yourself out, but do you know how to? If not a coach will be able to help you massively. I hired one for a while and she totally got me on track. She was quite expensive though!

Finding your right path is all about asking yourself the right questions and being totally truthful with the answers that come.

If you're going to do it yourself I would recommend taking time out of your day to both journal and meditate. It will help you clarify what you need help with exactly and what your first steps should be.
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Re: Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

Postby ksyu » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:07 am

Thanks Vickih !

I've been mostly doing Barbara Sher's exercises in her book Refuse to Choose and they have been really helpful and practical in discerning all these confusing paths.

Some updates: I got on a one hour call for a lifecoach who actually trained with Barbara Sher and she pointed out some very interesting insights. I think that was enough to put me on track without spending more. I also found a site full of free or inexpensive career assessments. I also realized that I wanted to just study international relations and get a degree. I was leaning more towards 'counseling or lifecoaching' and decided to try it out to see if I like it.

The only thing is to find the means on how to try it out. Perhaps grab a few friends as my guinea pigs? :)
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Re: Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

Postby Vickih » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:15 pm

If you did want to road test your coaching skills I am sure there are tons of people out there who would love free coaching! Maybe somebody on here or via twitter. New year is the perfect time to snag those wanting to change their lives and if you do use twitter I'd be happy to re tweet your request.

Good luck with the degree, it sounds as though you have a busy time ahead whatever your career path!
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Re: Should I hire a lifecoach or career coach

Postby ksyu » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:57 am

HI Vickih

Thanks a lot for your help. I just got back from a trip. Yeah, new year would be a great time. I didn't know about that. Sure, I'd love a re-tweet. I'll send you a PM to ask details for that.
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