Are you passionate about human motivation and working with people to improve their lives? Psychology and life coaching are both careers that would likely appeal to you.
At New Insights, we don't offer courses in psychology ... but we do provide world class training for what we believe is a really exciting alternative.
If you are someone who is passionate about working with people, and enjoying the rewards and fulfilment that comes from being the catalyst for helping people achieve their dreams, then you may be ideally suited to a career in life coaching!
Psychology is about the scientific study of the human mind, including human thought, behaviour, development, personality, emotion, motivation, and more.
Life coaching is similar, but lays more emphasis on the application of psychology in optimising human motivation and behaviour. We like to say that we are agents of change, using tools, techniques and processes to help people to live their best lives.
To find out more about what life coaching is and what life coaches do please click here.
Like with psychology, becoming a
practising life coach requires extensive training. However, the
training is generally less academic in nature and more geared towards
application in real life. Arguably, therefore, it is more life changing in its effect.
With an institution such as New Insights you can train remotely through our acclaimed and internationally accredited hybrid home study/online learning programme.
This includes comprehensive skills training theory and practical training that provides everything you need to start and sustain a career as a professional life coach.
The best part is that this all costs a small fraction of the cost of a degree in psychology.
The duration of the training will depend on you. But most of our trainees, who study and practice in their own time and at their oiwn pace, complete within a period of 9-18 months.
Unlike practising psychologists, life coaches are NOT governed by statutory regulation and are NOT required to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
However, although it is not mandatory, many certified life coaches do choose to join a reputable coach representative body such as COMENSA (local) and/or the ICR (international) to promote their ongoing professional development.
As you explore the pros and cons of careers in psychology and life coaching, we recommend you spend some time browsing the various pages of this website. There is a wealth of information to be found about life coaching here, and we make sure to keep it up to date and relevant.
We suggest you start on the home page and then explore the other tabs and associated links in the menu bar, to guide you around.
Here's another great recommendation:
Request our two information-packed life coaching ebooks. We have specifically designed them to answer all the questions you may have about life coaching and training with New Insights to become a certified life coach.