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Online Coaching – A Career With Meaning

Updated on August 25, 2015

The days when most of us were simply prepared to turn up at work for the pay check have long since passed. You only have to take a look at any of the research and surveys into employee engagement and the identified drivers of engagement to realize that what today’s workers need and desire from their employment extends far beyond mere money. In fact, considerations such as how mentally stimulating the work is, the opportunities for personal development, people’s relationships with their managers and the pride that they feel to be working for their organizations are much higher priorities than the salaries and benefits that they earn. More than anything though, it is the sense of doing something which is meaningful to them personally which drives workers to leap out of bed in the morning and look forward to their working days, but for the vast majority of employees it is precisely this feeling which is lacking.

It is interesting to note that some of the individuals who derive the greatest sense of satisfaction from their work are those who are self-employed, and yet this is despite that many self-employed people work longer hours than those who are in regular paid employment. Much of this, of course, has to do with the fact that they feel a greater sense of control over their own destinies and the satisfaction of knowing that they will be rewarded for the higher levels of effort that they put in. In addition, when choosing a self-employed occupation, clearly they concentrate on a business which allows them to use their natural skills and abilities so that not only does the work feel easier, but more in tune with their own personalities.

For many people nowadays, the most satisfying and rewarding careers are those which involve helping others. In a world which in many ways feels as though it is spiraling out of control, more and more individuals want to use their working lives to give something back to their fellow human beings, and many are choosing life coaching jobs to do just that.

Although it might be easy to think that people are intrinsically selfish, in fact few if any of us don’t get a buzz from knowing that we have done something to help others and to bring positive change into their lives. In terms of life coaching, the process of assisting people who might feel stuck in their lives in general or who are struggling with specific aspects of their existence is one which is incredibly rewarding, and is the reason why many people become life coaches. Instead of merely feeling as though they are helping to line their employers’ pockets or contributing further to materialistic attitudes, they have a sense of making a real difference to others’ quality of life through guiding them towards greater happiness and enabling them to reach their full potential.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Enjoyed awesome article! Thanks for sharing...

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      7 years ago


      Wonderful hub with deep insights on the satisfaction of meaningful work.


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