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Creative coach One of the best ways to tackle being unemployed is to give yourself a job. Yes, that’s right. Just go right ahead and make up your own job title, buy yourself a desk or rent an office, then get out there and market yourself to people. Many people do this – especially people who look through job ads and observe traditional career paths and see nothing worth pursuing. Many creative coaches can be put in this basket. Instead of wallowing in pity about how the job market is screwed and all ‘work’ is pointless, they use their creativity to fashion themselves a career in creative coaching. The work of a creative coach is similar to that of a life coach, but with a strong focus on the creative side of life. Running their own enterprises, creative coaches consult with groups and individuals who feel they need a bit of a creative boost in their career or workplace. Some creative coaches provide one-on-one coaching to artists, writers, performers and other people working in artistic fields. Others provide creative coaching to businesses that could benefit from using inventive ways of thinking to boost their bottom line and improve staff morale. Using a variety of techniques and methods, creative coaches aim to change the thinking (and performance) of individuals, groups and organisations that are stuck in a rut. Whether it’s a writing exercise designed to unearth fresh ways of thinking or a flashcard game aimed at generating new solutions for old problems, creative coaches inject a breath of fresh air into stale situations. As a career, creative coaching offers plenty of variety. One day you could be sitting in on a brainstorming session at an advertising agency, and the next you could be working with an author to move past writing blocks in order to finish the novel they’ve been sitting on for years. Delivering creative thinking workshops to

corporations, helping startups find creative solutions to their marketing conundrums, and arranging creative writing programs for organisations with communication problems – creative coaching covers a wide range of tasks. Like any other person working in a freelance or consulting capacity, the biggest challenges come from getting enough business, especially in the beginning when you’re essentially unknown. Many people may not even know what a creative coach is, so you’ll need to push up against many boundaries in order to make it. If you do, then you’ve got plenty to look forward to. With the ability to chart your own course and steer your own ship, you can market yourself to fill any niche you desire. You don’t need a degree for this type of work, so you won’t need to invest in many years of study (and crushing student debt) to make it work. All you need is a creative mind, some clever tricks to teach others how to be more creative, the ability to develop a good rapport with a range of people, and the confidence to go out there and convince others that their lives are much better with you in it. And there you have it, your very own job, manufactured, marketed and sold to the masses – by you! Doesn’t get much more creative than that.

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Education or qualifications: None. Although a degree in arts, fine arts, business or psychology would help. Experience required: None. Experience working in creative environments would help as would experience in training, counselling, business management or coaching. Training: None. Although training in personal coaching would help. Restrictions: None.

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