How Life Coaches Can Help People During Trying Times

The modern world is saturated with doubt and fear, more so now than perhaps ever before, and many people are turning to professionals to help them adjust to and overcome these challenging times. Are you someone who enjoys assisting people in using their skills and gifts to improve their lives? If so, you may want to consider a career as a job coach. Not only is job coaching a respected and quickly growing career field, but it is a position that reaps multiple rewards through helping people overcome their fears and doubts to build better lives.

Why should you pursue a career as a life coach?

A career as a life coach goes well beyond just establishing a working relationship with a client. Life coaches provide a friendly ear and positive guidance to people who want to improve some aspect of their lives. Individuals who enjoy working with people and making a difference in their lives make ideal life coaches. Even better, life coaching means you can work for yourself and set your own hours. Plus, it’s a career field that is growing and provides a level of satisfaction and purpose that is often lacking in traditional jobs.

Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you someone who can work outside your comfort zone and take risks if necessary? Do you have the capacity to care about the well-being of others, and to make your living by helping clients achieve their goals? If you’re answering yes to these questions, a career as a life coach may be right for you.

What personality traits are common in life coaches?

Successful life coaches have a particular set of personality traits that make them excel in this important field. Here are some qualities and skills employed by life coaches in their relationships with clients:

  • Listening skills and curiosity
  • Empathy and passion
  • A desire to serve others
  • A positive and encouraging attitude
  • Non-judgmental and non-opinionated
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Willing to grow and learn
  • Keen sense of observation
  • Integrity and honesty

These skills are critical to a job coach’s daily goals. To truly understand what a client needs, and to understand a client’s emotional thinking, a job coach must be a good listener who can empathise with clients from a variety of backgrounds. A desire to assist people in overcoming the obstacles preventing them from achieving their goals is a must for this field.

How do life coaches help people in trying times?

A priority in a life coach’s job is to assist people in some of the most challenging moments of their lives. These trying times may range from helping a client manage a better work-life balance to addressing and managing stress and anxiety to dealing with marital troubles. Many life coaches specialise in specific challenges, such as career development, personal fulfilment, relationships, self-development, and spirituality, amongst others. A general approach that many life coaches take toward each client’s individual goals are as follows:

  • Helping clients to identify and understand their mental blockers (“I can’t” attitude)
  • Helping clients define, set, and achieve new goals
  • Assisting clients to develop positive attitudes and empowering beliefs

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown people’s lives into disarray, but it has allowed many life coaches to work online with clients from all over the world. Even in difficult circumstances, job coaches can reach out and make a difference in the lives of their clients.

A life coach’s lessons will help people now and in the future.

While life coaches are often working in the moment with their clients, the skills they teach and the trust they engender from others pays positive dividends in the future. As a life coach, you empower your clients with the troubleshooting skills and positive attitudes they will need to tackle any future issue they may encounter. A job can rarely provide such satisfaction and purpose, knowing you are helping people resolve problems both now and in the trying times to come.

Lead the way and make a difference as a life coach.

Get started on your career as a life coach with ICI’s Life Coaching courses. In as little as 24 weeks, you can complete your distance learning courses, earn a diploma, and begin to impact people in your community and around the world positively. Enrol today and start helping clients live better lives.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.