Discover Germany, Issue 40, July 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Germany’s Business Coaches & Consulting Experts

Becoming a coach: A fulfilling profession that needs maturity, attitude and the right training There are many different reasons why people decide to become business coaches – and as many ways into the job. Even more important is finding the right training. Even though some people might be sceptical about what the job title entails, it is indeed a profession that comes with great responsibility. Brigitte Wolter, founder of brandinvest Corporate Coaching, has long-term experience not only as coach but also as trainer for those who want to become one. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN

When someone decides to become a coach the hardest part is not to find a training course, but to find the right one. In Germany alone there are about 30,000 coaches, consultants and trainers and one can find so many details about coaching that it easily becomes an information overload. This is why it is important to 72 | Issue 40 | July 2016

work with a well-experienced and highly qualified person like Brigitte Wolter. Large companies often look very closely at the people they are working with. They mostly prefer coaches that have completed training approved by coaching associations, like the International

Coach Federation (ICF) or its German counterpart the Deutsche Bundesverband Coaching e.V. (DBVC), and have a longterm experience not only as business coach but also in leading management positions. That is something prospective coaches should bear in mind when looking for the right trainer. Brigitte Wolter, for example, is certified as a senior coach by the German coaching association DBVC. A meaningful but challenging occupation At the beginning of their career, many aspiring coaches do not really know what to expect and what the job entails. “Whoever decides to become a coach