So many different types of coaches these days. Here are a few off the top of my head:
- Life Coach
- Relationship Coach
- Health & Wellness Coach
- Spiritual Coach
- Career Coach
- and the good ol’ fashioned Sports Coach
When I started my journey with hearing loss, I took a “time out” from a career I had in banking which brought me a lot of satisfaction, as well as a pretty good income. I held various job titles: Mortgage Loan Officer, Teller, Personal Banker and my last position was an Assistant Banking Center Manager. Yes, I left banking at a time when I was really starting to “climb the corporate ladder” so-to-speak. Then as life would have it, things changed and my focus wasn’t on my next job title at the bank, rather it was just finding my next steps in living my new life with hearing loss.
It’s been 4 years since that time and I have a new job title, Job Coach – Imagine that?! What does a “Job Coach” do you ask? Well, I work specifically with people who have disabilities. I provide one-on-one training tailored to the needs of the specific individual. We may start with a job analysis to identify areas of interest and then specific job duties, followed by developing a plan so they can be completely self-sufficient and able to perform the job without assistance. It’s rewarding to help and watch my clients grow through these steps.
As I look back, through my time coaching various bank teams and now working one-on-one with people with disabilities, it comes down to this one key element: Whether you have a disability or not, it doesn’t matter, what matters is being a coachable person!
It is my belief that being coachable – even if it makes you feel vulnerable – is the secret to achieving many or most of your dreams! Please share your experience. Have you used a coach in the past or are you currently?