Do you love the stability of your day job, but have always had an interest in health coaching? What if you could both fulfill your desire to help and make a difference in the world with your current job? For many of our students, coaching is an AND to their current career, not an OR.
Being a health coach “on the side” means doing soul-satisfying work, earning extra money, and going to sleep at night knowing you’re helping somebody change their life—all without giving up the positives of your day job.
To show you how much you can do as a health coach, we asked our Health Coach Certification graduates for a roundup of their latest projects and career developments. And as usual, they blew us away!
While some people are coaching full-time, many of our students are adding coaching to their current careers as a way to help people and find fulfillment.
Here are some of our favorite highlights:
Diana G. is bringing a surprising (and frankly, awesome) program to her West Texas community, and she’s doing it with a mostly-untouched market: college students! In one of the most unique projects we’ve heard about, she’s mixing her love of Functional Medicine Health Coaching and meditation with progressive country-western dancing for students at a local university. Very cool.
Jessica T, a counselor at a substance abuse center, has found an innovative way to integrate her Functional Medicine Health Coach training into her clients’ recovery process. She recently launched a new program educating clients on how food and lifestyle affect recovery: “My clients are genuinely grateful for the information—most have never been educated on these important topics!” says Jessica.
Dora T. started her own private coaching practice specializing in pregnancy ( a time when Functional Medicine can be critical). Dora reports that so far, she’s hosted two live classes for mothers-to-be, and everyone has been engaged and enthusiastic about the material. Way to define and own your niche!
Ashley S. just started a new job at an integrative wellness center that focuses on mental and emotional health. She combines Functional Medicine Health Coaching with her background in botanical medicine: “I’m inspired by the amazing practitioners here, including yoga teachers, social workers, psychologists, and providers of somatic therapy and acupuncture. I’m thrilled to be beginning this new journey as a health coach in a collaborative community,” says Ashley.
Dian D. is using her voice to effect systemic change. She recently testified at a public hearing, advocating for naturopathic doctors’ right to prescribe. She shared the powerful story of her family’s healing journey, arguing that restrictive laws burden both the patient and the already-stretched healthcare system. In fact, it was Dian’s own experience with her wonderful naturopath that inspired her to change careers and become a coach!
What possibilities will you discover when you add health coaching to your career?