From Engineering to Life Coach

“I would like to meet you to discuss my career issue.” This was an inbox on my LinkedIn last week. I check profile of this young man that was titled “Life Coach”, interesting I thought and gave him time for a meeting.

He was five minutes early and thanked me for sparing time for him. I told him about my passion to help people. At times it is not possible for me to give an appointment for one on one meeting, but I generally help through email.

I wanted to hear his story.

“Sir I am a civil engineer by degree. After completing my degree I worked in the industry briefly, but I did not enjoy there and started exploring myself. During the process, I attended a conference designed for young leaders. Conference was an amazing experience that helped me understand myself. In the past year or so, I also helped some friends in making life decisions. This has given me confidence that I can become a good Life Coach. I have been in touch with some industry leaders. All of them support my idea, but at the same time they have given me guidance to get some certifications and trainings as a Life Coach. Today I would like to hear your point of view.”

To me, the straight thought was “why is he not pursuing his profession as a Civil Engineer?” Is he not trying an escape route? I am usually blunt in my comments and advised him that if he want to become a Life Coach, he must study human psychology, failing that his clients would be at risk, mental and physical both!

I also told him that substance comes from experience. If he really wants to become a Life Coach, he needs to work with an experienced person who is willing to take him as his junior and teach him through. Perhaps one way is to continue his professional career as an engineer and on sidelines develop knowledge and skills as a Life Coach!

He wrote me back “’I will not advise a person to start playing cricket who come to me to learn about how to become a “World Class Hockey Player”. (No hard feelings and offense).”

I think he was mentally prepared not to listen to anything against his thoughts!


About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Decoding the Mystery of Career Development- Life coach & Career Advisor-Traveler-Trainer- Authored "Bootstrapping Your Career" and three eBooks -26 Yrs Exp in International Development - A passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Loves reading, traveling, mentoring.


 I agree with this young man.  In my opinion, you are the one that wasn't ready to listen.  I see you have many "credentials"  I hope your Life coaching and Career Advisor position isn't your major focus.  

I know several successful Life Coaches that moved swiftly out of a profession they were trained in but were unhappy in that business. If this young man has a passion for coaching there is no reason he should delay.  He appears to be prepared for entering a training program, of which there are several excellent, online and live institutions.  I'd suggest he investigate several, depending on his focus.  I have Wellness Certification and Christian Life Coaching Certification as well as other studies.  
To, this young man and others pursuing a life change, I urge you to research and don't allow one negative opinion to deter you. It seems this young man is already choosing to ignore your negative reaction. 
I wish you well sir, but have you considered disengaging in more "Career Advisor" roles