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1.6 - Possibilities

As counsellor or coach there are a variety of possibilities open to you:

  • Help people you know or come across with counselling or coaching techniques

  • Work (parttime) for any of the various volunteer organisations

  • Apply counselling / coaching skills in your current profession

  • Create room within your current job for counselling or coaching

  • Realise a shift in function to counsellor / coach within your profession

  • Work for a management or temporary / detachment agency as counsellor or coach

  • Set up a joint agency / practice together with other professionals

  • Offer your services as independent counsellor / coach within a company or organisation

  • Offer your services as independent counsellor / coach in your own practice

  • Combine / use your skills with(in) another profession

  • Brainstorm with other students / counsellors to find what really fits with you

  • Study websites of other counsellors / coaches to get more ideas of possibilities

  • See this course as a temporary step on your life's path and maybe select another direction again - making use of the things you have learned

  • As counsellor / coach you can serve as sounding board, you can mediate in conflict situations, support people in crisis situations, guide people in processes of change and / or help them with personal effectiveness

  • You might think of areas like: social work, crime prevention, social-cultural work, psychosocial worker, therapist, student counsellor / coach, mentor, trainer, teacher, schoolcounsellor, coordinator, organisational social worker, company counsellor, group / team leader, manager, organisational advisor, conflict mediator, confidential person in a company or organisation, personnel manager, HR consultant or manager

  • You may network from your own practice (for training, consulting, support or referrals) with GP's, psychologists and psychotherapists, ARBO (employers support) services and various enterprises

  • Coach, counsel or train new students (for the Academy of Counselling and Coaching).

How much can you earn as counsellor or coach?

Counsellor or coach is a vocation that you go for because you like to help people - income is secondary. In fact that is the case with any profession - the moment you do it just for the money or when pleasure you derived from it has dwindled, you had better select something else. Counsellors and coaches may earn anything from 'pro Deo' (working for free) to €250 or more an hour. This income depends on your possibilities, skills, qualifications and how well you are able to present your service to potential clients (as well as on your own wishes, needs, personal philosophy and expectations). Study the websites of settled counsellors and coaches in order to get a realistic impression, but verify it as much as possible. We now have a free market economy and these vocations so far have not been regulated too much by government or bureaucracy, they remain free professions although anyone setting up a professional private practice is now legally obliged to register with the local Chamber of Commerce.

It is important to avoid being underpaid or overpaid and to seek an acceptable and fair rate for your clients and yourself.
Though your possibilities are endless, it is good to take into account that it is highly unrealistic to expect things will be handed to you on a platter. If / when you want to start as independent counsellor or coach, you need to work at it as hard as any small business entrepreneur. Therefore we give attention to the entrepreneurial aspects of becoming a professional counsellor or coach, so that your chances may increase favourably.

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