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Life Coaches: Benefiting the Lives of Adolescents

July 11, 2012 / Posted by in Blog

By Stacy Padula and Alexa Kallianiotes

What is a life coach?
Life coaches inspire, encourage, motivate, mentor, challenge, and support their clients. They build trustworthy, well-nurtured relationships based on integrity and honesty. Life coaches assist in troubleshooting problems that could hinder someone from achieving his or her goals. By doing in-depth, personalized, assessments of their clients, they are able to establish customized plans to overcome areas of difficulty. These plans—designed with a client’s personality, learning style, resources, and strengths in mind—outline ways to overcome obstacles and avoid pitfalls. Some of the issues that life coaches help clients overcome include, but are not limited to, organization, self-esteem issues, apathy, peer pressure, substance abuse, stress, fear, and relational difficulties. Life coaches help their clients with intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, helping them better understand themselves and those around them.

How can young adults benefit from having a life coach?
Life coaches can greatly minimize stress levels for both students and parents. With so many different lifestyles, opportunities, and possibilities, it is easy for a teenager to become distracted by, or hyper-focused on, things that are counterproductive for attaining long-term goals. A sense of failure can easily cause a young person to become discouraged. Life coaches help teens and young adults discover what they want to achieve in their academic, professional, and personal lives. They not only help students devise plans to attain their goals, but also oversee the students as they travel down their outlined paths. Additionally, a life coach can help mediate family issues and problems that often arise during adolescence.

Life Coaches and Academics
Life coaches help tackle the barriers that stand between students and their goals. In regards to academics, they can create plans and schedules to help students learn organizational skills and time management. A student can be coached on how to budget time for projects, studying, homework, and papers. Life coaches can help pinpoint areas where tutoring might be of assistance, as well as help students identify what clubs and other after school activities would best showcase and compliment their abilities and talents.

At a very young age, a student may feel pressured to have a concrete idea of what course of study he or she would like to pursue. Teenagers often desire to distinguish themselves from their peers and are often burdened by the pressures associated with achieving high grades, keeping up socially, being involved in extracurricular activities and sports, preparing for exams, and remaining focused on the college application process. This is indeed a stressful time for the majority of students, and the guidance of a life coach can be invaluable.

A life coach can offer the individualized, one-on-one advising far beyond the realm of what a high school guidance counselor can provide. While a college consultant can help a student explore and define his or her career interests and goals, a life coach can help assess a student’s strengths and target the areas that need improvement. Life coaches help minimize the stress associated with the heavy demands of high school.

Life Coaches and Preparation for College
Life coaches can provide high school students with useful tools to ensure successful undergraduate experiences. They can teach their students how to utilize time effectively, resolve potential roommate issues, care for themselves, and stay focused on short-term and long-term projects. More importantly, students are taught how to establish a healthy balance between academic and social demands. A life coach can help eliminate much of the stress associated with starting college by preparing a student to deal with the freedom and responsibility that comes with living away from home.

Life coaches have the training and expertise needed to help teens and young adults reach their full academic and social potential. They serve as confidants, mentors, and guides, helping their clients find purpose, success, and fulfillment in life.

One Comment

  1. That’s really neat that life coaches can help teens and young adults discover what they want to achieve in their academic, professional, and personal lives. I’ve heard that young adults who use a life coach are 10 times more likely to attend a 4 year university. I’ll have to keep this information in mind as we decide whether or not to use a life coach to help our son. Thanks!

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