June 18, 2008
Garden Coach is a new proffession. Gardening as hobby is slowly shifting to the younger generation and it looks like they search for garden education - this is the situation when acquiring your private garden coach could be a great solution.
The moment I have heard about garden coaching, I had a gut feeling it could be something interesting for me.
It is never too late to change your profession, right?
I found some interesting articles on how to become a garden coach, which I link below. Maybe you could be also interested, or you could advise something? Any piece of advice is highly appreciated :)
NYT "Plant! Water! Weed!"
Sustainable Gardening Blog
If you consider career change since some time take NOW a piece of paper and pencil - write down a plan. It doesn't have to be long or complicated, but power of written word is enormous.
How to Become a Garden Coach. 10 Steps to a Successful Career Change
1. Is it proper time?
Time is never proper - it is similar to pregnancy, time is usually not really the best. Sometimes you fool yourself for some time or even years (as I did): money is OK, people are more or less OK, I know what is expected from me... maybe I exagerrate? But are you tired most of time? you don't want to get out of bed in the morning; you can't concentrate on the job as good as you did in the past? This could mean, that you need to consider a job or career change.
2. Are you satisfied with your current job?
Start a journal - your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes. And then read it at weekend: what of your current job do you like or dislike? Is it content of your work? company culture? people?
3. Be prepared mentally to change your current job.
Sometimes it comes and you are not prepared - you turn it down just like you drink water. You don't even see it sometimes. You see it when its too late. Get prepared, open your eyes wide.
4. Write down your interests, values and skills.
What liked to do in the past? Any other jobs? Volunteer work? Projects? Check if your core values and skills are addressed in your current job.
5. Look and think what jobs would be more suitable for your skills and core values?
6. Write down as detailed as possible what will be your future profession.
If you want to get on your own and that requires to acquire clients, write down who they will be: what values will be important for them, how much money they will spend with you, how will they treat you, how much freedom at completeing the jobs they will give you etc.
7. Look for information about chosen new fields.
Find some personal contacts, probably you will find somebody, that knows somebody, whos friend is working in chosen arena.
8. Get involved in volunteer and freelance activities related to your target arena.
If you would like to publishing as a career, try editing the blog on certain subject. If you would like to be a garden couch, open blog on gardening and counselling subject, right?
9. Look for educational opportunities.
Evening course at a local college, seminars, contact professional groups.
10. Within your current company look for change opportunities.
If your company is organising courses, take those which can enlighten you in your new field. If your company is publishing a newsletter, try to wirite something for them - if that would bridge you to your new profession.
Or maybe you would like to start to work from home, because you don't want to waste your time in traffic anymore? I can do much more since I work from home. Just 2 hours extra daily for reading, weeding, surfing....
I found great website sparkplugging.com, that gives a lot very valuable tips on the subject working from home. Jump there if you are interested.
That would be all for today :) no poetry, no pictures, just some random thought on the subject that is boiling inside of me, that I would like to share .