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1. You are qualified, certified coaches. What does this mean? What are your qualifications?
It means that we’re really good at what we do. We’ve done our own personal development work, we’ve trained extensively and we’ve worked with many clients on many different issues. We’re also proud of being part of a profession that we believe needs its standards and further education and so we continue learning for our own and our clients’ sake.
Currently all the coaches in our team have trained with the prestigious Coaches Training Institute and after their professional coach training went on to certify with the same organisation. Each of us has done a minimum of 196 hrs of specific coach training accredited by the International Coach Federation and can therefore call ourselves Certified Co-active Professional Coaches (CPCC).
On top of that we’ve accumulated a respectable amount of client hours, which together with our training hours enable us to hold the credential of Associate Certified Coaches (ACC).
The ACC is a credential given out by the International Coach Federation (ICF), which we’ re all members of. The ICF was established in 1995. It is a worldwide unique and a strong leader in its dedication to the advancement of the coaching profession through specifying high standards, providing independent certification and developing a global network of credentialed coaches.
2. Did you ever have a Quarter-life Crisis?
Yes, both Laura and Fiona have experienced their own quarter-life crisis or crises and any coach that is part of our team, will have had their own fair share of QLC experience.
We believe that that’s important when it comes to understanding you and your needs and we know that reading/hearing/seeing people who have overcome or managed their Quarter-life Crisis can be a real inspiration when you find yourself right in the thick of it. Read Fiona’s account of her QLC here.
3. Why are you called Mind The Gap Coaching?
The name originated in a creative brainstorm.
We liked Mind because it involves making conscious choices and taking mindful actions through this transition, not just choosing the easiest route. “Mind The Gap” is something we’ve all heard many times on the London underground, but that’s not where our inspiration came from.
When we were gathering ideas we had the idea to be an organisation that offers services to young people right from when they leave education to when they live a meaningful adult life. We saw that there is a gap between what you are taught during education and what skills you really need to master your career, to find a life partner, etc.
We also learned about the Quarter-life Crisis phenomenon and discovered that many people facing a QLC feel like they are in a gap, we want to be the ones helping them to bridge, master and jump the gap.
4. Do you think this generation has a tougher start in life?
This question often starts a heated debate across generations in what way Generation Y, X and the Baby Boomers differ and/or had an easier/tougher life, but let’s not go there, here is what we see:
Most of the people we work with were born in the 80s and 90s, which had them graduate from school and higher education bang on at the moment of the 2008 financial crisis or after. Many statistics prove that that meant lower entry wages, a highly competitive and crowded employment market as well as prolonged phases of unemployment or employment in work that was not their first choice or in any way related to their education. That is not a nice situation to be in…
We’ve also heard many people talk to us about the debt they’ve ramped up due to their higher education. And many more people choose to study at university these days encouraged by their parents, teachers and even policy makers in the news portraying a university career as the best chance to find well paid employment. That is not false, but in line with the rising tuition fees and rising living costs that has resulted in a lot of scary debt for a lot of people.
And let’s expand on the fact that living costs are high, e.g. rents in London and other places in the world are crazy and buying a house has almost become impossible for young first time buyers, public transport fares only know one direction and the only healthy wallet friendly food is the one you cook at home (which most millennials do not find the time for).
We could go on, we’ve heard and understand many of your concerns and therefore want to be here for you with our services and as a community that understands.
5. What is different when coaching this age group(, if anything)?
While you are people and in many ways the same as any other clients, there are some differences that expert’s have portrayed in their research and that we have witnessed in our programmes and work with millennials.
- When you come to us, you’re often worried about your sanity – lost, stuck and frustrated, the negative voices in and around you threaten to tear you apart. Coaching is a good remedy or connecting to others in the same situation can really soothe your worries. Many people therefore appreciate our Positivity Boost to break free from the negative spiral.
- Often you feel lost in the wealth of possibilities around you. Some of you grew up with super supportive parents and environments that tell or told you that you can do and be anything you want. That is great, but often doesn’t help you move forward because what they do not tell you reliably is, what option will be the best for you.
Some of you have had very critical environments with a ton of opinions. Goal setting is turning out to be a challenge for many people in their twenties who are scared they’ll miss out by going in one direction rather than another and feel the pressure and responsibility to make the right decision (because they are solely responsible for the outcome and path of their life in our individualistic world view).
- Academic research has been undertaken by Quarter-life Coach Alice Stapleton into coaching generation Y. See link to her paper below. She suggests that Coaches focus on developing their Gen Y client’s identity, such as values, strengths, purpose and exploring the internal pressures they place on themselves such as peer comparison and external pressures they face such as parental expectations. She also says that this generation really value “The How” and need help to think through the steps they need to take and use the sessions to check on their progress. http://ijebcm.brookes.ac.uk/documents/special6-paper-10.pdf
Oh, and here is another paper by Helen Franklin has been written about Coaching Millennial leaders: http://ijebcm.brookes.ac.uk/documents/special9-paper-05.pdf
A challenge you are facing in your 20s and/or 30s that has you feel stuck, frustrated, lost and/or left behind. We have written more extensively about it, click here to learn more “What is a Quarterlife Crisis link”
7. What is Co-Active Coaching?
Co-active Coaching is a coaching and life approach in which the question of “who you are” is as important as “what you do”.
This coaching approach means that when we work with you, we look all areas of your life. You’ll quickly notice that all these areas are interrelated and that therefore just looking at career or just at health would never be as effective and lasting in its effect.
It also means that we value in you more than just your achievements. We will help you see your qualities, discover your values and your purpose. Consequently you will value yourself more and anything you’ll do from then on, will feel more meaningful and bring you deeper fulfillment and joy.
This coaching approach has transformation at its core, so be aware that working with us will bring about change, sometimes radical and certainly important, sustainable change.
And finally we’ll meet you at eye level. You are the expert on your life, we are the experts in helping you change towards what you want. This powerful team you are forming with your coach can feel like a catapult or catalyst for your life and more than once you’ll find yourself in dance-like exploration of your life. Find out how to start coaching sessions.
8. Why do you believe community is important for Gen Y?
In our day and age of social media many of us have hundreds of followers and facebook friends, however after a certain period of time after graduation it turns out a real challenge to keep our close friendships going. Or forming new friendships and relationships in a new environment is quite scary, needs time you don’t have and is something nobody taught you how to do at school. You know you’re not alone, but you can often feel pretty darn lonely and that can be a dark, negative and scary condition to be in.
We know that feeling and thus are happy and proud to foster and help create a community of Quarter-lifers who understand and support each other. Join in.
9. Many of your offers are face to face in London, is this your preference?
We offer the option of 1:1 coaching on the telephone, Skype and face to face.
Our ten week group coaching programme “MTG Signature” is a face to face programme in London. This is deliberate and is based on our research showing that quarter-lifers have a preference for face to face interaction rather than on-line.
One of the biggest myths is that Millennials are digital addicts who want to do everything online.The fact is that Millennials’ top three preferences for learning new skills at work are physical not virtual.See link below to a infographic by IBM Institute for Business Value, the Real Story Behind Millenials in the Workplace: http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/gb/en/gbl03032usen/GBL03032USEN.PDF
We’re guessing that at some point you are just fed up with staring at screens and we know that when you meet us and other quarter-lifers you’re willing to be real and open for the sake of good conversations and lasting relationships.
10. What has attracted you to working with people in their 20s and 30s?
Working with young professionals is highly rewarding.
We know how resourceful and powerful you can be once you feel back on track. Witnessing that change and the new spur of energy that comes from it, is infectious and one of the best incentives to work with this age group.
It also felt like a two way attraction, Fiona and Laura found themselves attracting most clients in the 20-30 age bracket prior to founding Mind The Gap Coaching and it was a natural progression to find out more and lean into a mission for this age group that we are passionate about
11. I am looking for career support, am I right here?
Yes, and it depends a little bit on what you are looking for. If you want to look at career only and not reveal any other part of your life, we won’t be able to serve you, as our coaching and workshop approach is more holistic than that.
However, if you are looking to make a sustainable, meaningful next step in your career we are fully equipped to help you along. All our coaches have supported clients in career transition, Fiona is a Firework Career Coach and has a background in recruitment and Laura has a lot of embodied practices and tools to share that will boost your confidence for any interview, assessment centre, first day at work or the day when you are asking for a pay rise.
It might be worth mentioning here that once you have booked a coaching package there are always opportunities to benefit from more than one of our coaches’ experiences and skills, just ask for it.
12. You emphasise that you are addressing issues beyond career /the whole person. Why is that?
See what is Co-active Coaching Answer as well as above please.
13. Do I need to prepare for a free Clarity Session?
We will ask you to come invested, that means that you bring yourself, (truthful, honest, real) and have an idea what you’d like to get out of the session.
Don’t get nervous now if you don’t know yet, there is no right or wrong here. Prior to and during the session we’ll guide you as to what you’ll need to prepare or bring and it will be simple and straight forward.
14. Do I need to prepare for a Coaching Session?
Most of the time, yes, and again we will let you know how. Normally knowing more or less what you want to talk about is great preparation.
15. I am 35+, am I too old to attend your events/use your services?
There is nothing like getting in touch with us to find out with certainty, and if what we have written on our website speaks to you we cannot see why we shouldn’t be able to support and help with your questions. Book a Clarity Session now.
16. I can’t afford your prices am I wasting my time getting in touch with you?
We’d love to hear from you.
First of all, we are constantly working on creating free content that helps you and people like you, talking to you, having your input will be the best inspiration we could ever get and we’d be honoured to respond to your question with a video, audio or blog post.
Secondly, there are always pay-in-installment options when it comes to our products and services. We know that cash is not always loose in your pocket, we still want you to be able to benefit. And thirdly, you never know where a connection to us or our community might lead you, it could become the best time of your life.