Are you considering changing career paths or looking for greater job satisfaction? Do you suffer from issues such as a lack of self confidence or difficulty speaking up in public? Then a personal coach may be just the right person to help you!

A recent study by Odoxa showed that 38% of respondents felt that the difficulty in finding an adequate retraining organisation was the main obstacle they faced in changing career paths. On top of that, there is the high cost burden associated with training and learning new skills.

This is where a professional coach steps in to help bridge the gap and facilitate a smooth transition across different phases of your professional development. Check out the different professional coach profiles on Superprof!

Important Criteria When You Hire a Professional Coach

You may be at crossroads in your professional career and unsure about what your next steps should be. You be unsatisfied in your current position, but don't want to take the risk of changing career paths. A professional coach can give you the guidance that you need to help you make the right decisions in light of your professional situation.

One of the most important questions raised with respect the professional coaching business, is that coaching is not formally regulated by law. As such almost anyone can apply for a coaching position for any number of situations, including a wellness coach, a fitness coach, a leadership coach etc. Bear in mind that all coaches will have different specialisations and will define the services offered accordingly.

It can seem overwhelming when looking for a coach, due to the overabundance of coaching ads online. How do you decide what criteria is important? What qualities make an excellent coach?

The first step is to ask yourself what your own objectives are and your reason for seeking the help of a professional coach.

What are your reasons for seeking a coach? Would you like to improve your decision-making skills, your communication skills or your work-life balance? Are you seeking overall greater job satisfaction? These are all important questions to ask yourself before hiring a professional coach.

In order to find the perfect coach for your needs, here are some important points to consider:

  • What kind of trainings and certifications they have?
  • What are their specialisations (NLP training, communication, marketing, etc)?
  • Who were their mentors? Who did they train under? Remember that a coach himself must be coached, and the supervision of the coach by a more experienced coach can serve as a guarantee of legitimacy
  • How many years of experience do they have as a coach?
  • Do they have any references or testimonials from previous clients?
  • How many sessions will be held and for what duration of time?
  • What kind of coaching services are offered (group coaching, in-company coaching, individual coaching etc)?
  • What is their code of ethics?
  • How will they assess my progress?

It's important to ensure that the fees charged by your professional coach are consistent with the market prices.

During your first introductory session with your coach, you'll go over your objectives and set up an action plan and overview for your next sessions. For individual sessions, the first interview is an important way to set the foundations for a relationship of trust between the coach and the coachees.

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Find your Professional Coach on Superprof

As professional coaching has been growing in popularity in recent years, Superprof professional coaching as a subject on Superprof. We now have many professional coaches offering one-on-one sessions, at home or online coaching sessions to students on our platform.

Our coaches offer career coaching, mentorship, job search  coaching and personal coaching in relation to professional coaching.

Coaches in Toronto

In Ontario, we have over 70 professional coaches with an average price of $30 per hour. Across Canada, we have over 6,000 coaches offering professional development coaching sessions.

One of the most common services sought by our students is job interview coaching, as well as the methodology and tools to promote excellent communication in a professional setting. There are also specialised courses such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), with the aim of influencing behaviour through the use of language.

Professional coaching courses in Canada teachers are individual sessions of personal development, to help you manage your professional orientation, professional development or achieve your personal objectives.

It's important to take into consideration the advantages that you could gain from professional coaching sessions and what areas of your professional development you'd like to improve.

Here are a list of specialisations within the coaching field:

  • Human Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Mediation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Team and group Cohesion
  • Decision-making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Mediation
  • Problem-solving

What Kind of Professional Development Platforms are Available?

Whether you wish to change career paths, improve your work-life balance or manage stress, then are many reasons for hiring a professional coach.

The International Coach Federation a great resource when considering hiring a professional coach as well as the Coaching Association of Canada.

Coaches offer services for individual coaching and group or in-company coaching at levels of business. Professional coaches help their clients:

  • Improve their self-confidence
  • Decision-making
  • Stress management
  • Manage their work-life balance
  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Learn to assert themselves in a business setting
  • Changing career paths or choosing a career path
  • Improving work performance and efficiency
  • Take on a leadership role
  • Improve team cohesion
  • Improve group communication
  • Succeed in a new business position and take on new responsibilities
  • Develop strategic decision-making skills
  • Improve organisation and time management skills
  • Improve team maturity
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There are a number of tools and approaches employed by professional coaches, including neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), (TA), emotional intelligence,and non-violent communication (NVC) and transactional analysis. 

Coaches are able to help individuals at all different levels and backgrounds: employees, senior executives, CEO's, job seekers and managers, and in different functions including marketing, human resources, sales etc.

You can also find a personal life coach Vancouver which can help you to overcome different issues in your life including: stress management, burnout prevention, emotional intelligence and change management. A life coach can help you to take a step back and provide you with the right tools to lead a more satisfying life. 

ICF - Canada

The ICF is recognised as a global support network for professional coaches that work in different areas including life coaching, executive coaching, and leadership coaching amongst many other specialisations.

The mission of the ICF is to share their practice and represent a high quality service offered by professional coaches, who receive independent certifications through a worldwide network.

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The biggest companies in the UK are amongst the most common clients for professional coaches.

Coaching Association of Canada

Another professional institution based in Canada is the CAC (Coaching Association of Canada). The CAC is an organisation that unites stakeholders and partners under the common objective of developing the status and skills of it's coaches and expanding their influence.

The CAC offers a range of programs which helps coaches to develop their skills and promote a common standard of ethics. They aim to offer sustainable coach education, coaching leadership, organisational excellence and enhance the coaching profession in Canada.

A professional coach can help you to achieve your professional goals! 


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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.