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Career Shift: Becoming a Life Coach
By Luke Iorio, Next AvenueContributor
Boomers figuring out what they’ll do in retirement are asking themselves lots of questions: How can I make a difference? What will be my legacy? How can I create enough flexibility to travel, have fun and spend time with friends and family?
These questions are, in turn, leading a growing number of us to work part-time in retirement as life coaches — where we
ask questions of others. According to a 2012 study by the International Coaching Federation and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, roughly 39% of coaches in North America are 55 or older. That percentage is expected to rise as more boomers seek semi-retirement careers.
Many turn to life coaching in retirement because they value personal growth and being of service. The field is also often favored by people with life lessons that they want to share, saving others some of the pains and pitfalls they might otherwise encounter.
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