Althea shares her foremost insights for someone considering a coaching career and wanting to know what their life would be like:
Determine your purpose – understand why you want to become a coach, in alignment with what you offer as a coach intentionally attract or draw to you the individuals, groups, teams and organisations you wish to work with. You will need vision and purpose to sustain you through the difficult times.
Learn – commit to your own, unique growth path that embraces every learning opportunity, including learning how to listen to yourself, others and the world and ask incisive questions.
Find your best tools - learn and study various coaching models and tools. Select and practice using the models and tools that reflect who you are and choose to be as a coach as well as your coaching niche.
Create your paid vocation as a coach wisely - most South African coaches who I know, don't coach full-time. They also have other human development roles, or use other skills to generate income. So, it is important to think, to network and to talk to coaches in the market to understand how they make their living in order to inform your own use of time as you set out on a coaching career.
Join SACAP as we unpack what it takes to become a coach, what a typical day in the life of a coach looks like and what personality traits and habits can help you succeed as a coach:
Twitter Talk on Thursday, 15th February from 12pm to1pm. Just follow the hashtag #SACAPCoachDay or @SACAPGrad_CL and join the conversation.
Facebook Live with SACAP on 22nd February from 12:30 to 12:45pm, featuring Karolyne Williams (SACAP Head of Coaching), Althea Banda-Hansman (Transformation Coach & Consultant) and Nicky Wilson-Harris (Executive Coach). Just follow the SACAP Coaching Facebook page.
If you are interested in becoming a coach, please visit SACAP
All three of the coaching programmes offered by SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) are accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and approved by COMENSA. The ICF, which was founded in the USA in 1995, is the world’s largest coaching organisation connecting practitioners and educators in a professional community that today, spans more than 100 countries.
With 15 years of coach training experience, SACAP empowers South Africans to harness their potential and effect change through its rigorous coach education. The part-time courses are designed for working professionals who aim to either develop as professional coaches or practice coaching in their own workplace.
SACAP’s two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching (PGDC) is a comprehensive NQF 8 level qualification, equivalent to an Honours degree, while their Coach Practitioner Programme is five months and the Advanced Coach Practitioner Programme is six months long. These learning programmes respectively provide foundational and in-depth theory as well as extensive practical skills.
SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching, Coach Practitioner Programme and Advanced Coach Practitioner Programme are available on both the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses. Courses begin in May 2018, and admissions close at the end of March 2018.