Coaching is about you-who you want to be and what you want to accomplish in your work and/or personal life. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. The idea behind coaching is that we can all benefit from a professionally trained
coach who can listen objectively and serve as a partner in moving us forward. Whatever you want to accomplish, the coach will help you to focus, and provide structure, support and encouragement.
Results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions. Coaches have been trained to provide support through the application of various skills, approaches and methods that build self awareness and the motivation to take action.
Coaching is different from other services
Coaching is different from consulting. Consulting is about solving specific problems and providing expertise, information, direction and advice. Coaches use well-crafted questions, as well as other techniques to help clients tap into their own expertise, knowledge and wisdom for the answers. Coaches play a very active role as the client implements action steps based on their own 'answers' and refined goals.
Coaching is not therapy. Therapy is primarily for the purpose of diagnosing and healing emotional illness. The therapist deals with resolving emotional/ behavioural issues from the past and seeks to bring the client to an emotionally healthy level.
Coaching, on the other hand, is designed as a catalyst to support full functioning and capable individuals in making desired changes in their work and /or personal life.
Coaching is not mentoring, which can be thought of as guiding from one’s own experience or sharing of experience in a specific area of industry or career development.
Coaching in the context of mygapyear
mygapyear uses coaching as a tool to:
Create meaningful goals for a gap-year plan and beyond
Enhance thinking and decision-making skills and increase confidence and self awareness
Provide timely check in and follow-up to ensure plans are on track and implemented
Capture the learning after gap experiences and relate them to current and future life