The International Coach Federation (ICF):
What is a Coach?
What is professional coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:
"...partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole."
Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
Joanne Ostler - Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Why use a professional Career Coach?
Anyone can call themselves a 'career coach'. You do not have to be a professional trained coach to market yourself as a coach or a career coach. In fact, many 'career coaches' are not trained coaches at all. Which is fine - as long as you understand the difference.
A professional career coach (as in trained and credentialed Coach) is someone who has completed and passed a significant number of milestones - including considerable coach training hours, client contact hours, oral and written exams - with external examiners - and also who adhers to professional coach standards and ethics.
What does an ICF 'coach' mean for you?