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Life coaches support and encourage people to help them make the most of their lives.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but clients may prefer coaches with qualifications and membership of a professional organisation, like the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) or the Association for Coaching.

If you already have a degree, you could study for a postgraduate award in coaching. Courses at this level tend to focus on sport, or performance management within organisations.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent listening and questioning skills
  • the ability to quickly bond with clients from different backgrounds
  • the ability to inspire and motivate clients to achieve goals
  • the confidence to challenge clients, but in a caring way

3. What you'll do

You’ll help your clients take control of their situation in areas like relationships, careers, fitness, work-life balance and self-confidence.

You’ll do this by:

  • discussing their situation, values, attitudes and beliefs
  • helping them to set and achieve suitable goals for change
  • looking at ways of overcoming barriers and setbacks
  • helping them stay motivated and committed
Your clients could range from individuals to an entire business. You could offer either a general service or a specialism like executive, career change, or youth coaching. 

4. Salary

Life coaches can earn around £30 to £60 a session, although some earn up to £300, particularly for corporate work. 

Most coaches sell their services as a package and charge between £150 and £1,000 or more for 6 sessions. Corporate work tends to pay the higher rates.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll normally set your own working hours. You’ll agree the number and length of sessions with your client. These are usually between 30 minutes and an hour long.

You’ll usually work from home if coaching online, or go to meet your client if coaching face-to-face.
You’ll spend some of your time preparing and reviewing sessions.

6. Career path and progression

You could set up your own business and employ other coaches.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018