Are you passionate about human motivation and working with people to improve their lives? Mentoring and life coaching are both disciplines that would likely appeal to you but they are very different.
At New Insights, we don't offer courses in mentoring ... but we do provide world class training for what we believe is a truly exciting alternative.
If you are someone who is passionate about working with and helping other people, then read on. It could well be that you are ideally suited to a career in life coaching!
Both mentoring and life coaching involve working closely with people, so in that sense they are similar disciplines ... but that's where the similarity ends.
Here is a brief summary of the major differences between mentoring and life coaching:
MENTORing / MENTOR
life coaching / LIFE COACH
Commonly refer to the people they help as 'mentees'.
Refer to the people they help as 'clients'.
Mentor and mentee generally have senior and junior standings in the mentoring relationship.
Coach and client have equal standing in the coaching relationship.
Imparts greater wisdom and experience to improve mentee's competence in a chosen field.
Helps clients to develop self awareness, recognise and harness their own inner power and talents.
Mentor seeks to transfer knowledge and expertise, gained through greater experience, to the mentee.
Coach seeks to introduce the client to various tools and techniques for his or her self empowerment.
Generally acts as a sounding board and adviser, providing guidance in life or a career.
Generally acts as a facilitator, holding the client to account in achieving what he or she has set out to.
Aims to improve the mentee's prospects for a successful life or career, by offering sound advice and food for thought.
Encourages clients to live their dreams by constructing meaningful goals and action plans to achieve them.
Ultimate goal is to help mentees grow and develop their knowledge and capabilities.
Ultimate goal is to help clients find their life purposes and live lives that are aligned with their purpose.
Perhaps you have found this brief comparison between counselling and life coaching interesting and would like to learn more? If so, we have a recommendation ... but first let's summarise the key differences.
Hopefully, you are getting the idea that whereas mentoring is largely 'advice and guidance' oriented, life coaching is more 'personal-transformation' oriented.
Mentoring is often more informal in nature and offered voluntarily as a way of giving back to younger, less experienced or less advantaged people,
Life coaching generally involves a formal contractual relationship with clients with market related fees being charged for coaching services.
a life coach – if you choose comprehensive and reputable training such
as that offered by New Insights – will involve a journey of substantial personal growth, development and exposure to powerful tools and techniques to get more from life.
We hope we have whetted your appetite for more information!
On this website you can find out more about what life coaching is and what life coaches do .
Or you can find out more about our acclaimed and accredited life coach certification training programme.
Alternatively, why not request our two 30-page life coaching ebooks. These aim to answer all your questions about life coaching, and training with New Insights to become a life coach.