Opportunities for personal growth and development come in various shapes and sizes for different people. Some may argue the adversity of the Covid-19 crisis is a catalyst for self-development, for example, while for others the daily deluge of bad news evokes fear and anxiety. Unequivocally, learning how to thrive in our new normal is vital if we are to survive. Developing our potential by discovering who we truly are is a good place to start.
Personal development is an avenue Rodrique George, 47, explored earlier this year before the coronavirus struck. Having had a keen interest in psychology since he was a child, he decided to enrol in SACAP’s Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course. Fortuitously Rodrique learnt a lot about himself, he says – a real asset in these unfamiliar times. He also gained useful tools for dealing with people effectively in the context of his job. We asked him if he’d recommend the course to others? Here’s what he had to say…
“My interest in psychology began when I was a boy,” Rodrique recalls. “My father wanted me to become a lawyer, but I wanted to be a psychologist. Conversely, I believe I’d make a great human rights lawyer because I have a real passion for people.”
Ultimately this penchant for people has been key in carving out Roderique’s career path. “I currently work as a lecturer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape,” he explains. “I enjoy engaging with students and staff, consulting with them one-on-one, and I absolutely love being in the classroom!”
Charting and inspiring development in his students is what Rodrique says he relishes most about his job. “I mentor a number of current and ex-students about cultivating clarity for their futures. When I hear or see how their career paths have developed I’m inclined to become quite emotional,” he admits.
Springboard to success
“I became interested in coaching a few years ago and chose to enrol at SACAP because I saw it as an opportunity to develop myself and be of greater service to others,” says Rodrique.
As it turns out SACAP’s Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course was more than he bargained for. “It transformed my life!” he exclaims. “While the course teaches you how to be of assistance to others, it demonstrates how helping yourself is of foremost importance.”
In just 12 weeks Rodrique feels the online programme has endowed him with a renewed sense of self. “It afforded me the opportunity to grow and changed my view of life,” he says. “I needed a fresh perspective and the course helped me realize that it was necessary for me to resolve certain emotions in an effort to be of better service to others.”
Beyond developing his personal relationship with himself, Rodrique says his investment in the course is paying dividends in his workplace, too. “It’s made me aware that I need to listen more attentively and has highlighted how using coaching methods when managing people can enhance working relationships. It’s certainly provided me with lots of tools to work effectively with my colleagues.”
Benefits to bank
SACAP’s Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course has many impressive elements, says Rodrique. “The facilitation was done with such sensitivity and appreciation for people’s contributions, it really helped unlock my capabilities. I felt the online platform was well-stocked with resources and time was used so effectively, too.”
Hands down his most attractive feature? “I think the one-on-one mentoring sessions with my coach is an aspect that I will remember for life,” says Rodrique. “I was in awe at how she picked up several things about me within minutes of our discussion. It made me feel valued.”
So, to revisit the question we put to Rodrique about whether he’d recommend SACAP’s Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course? “Yes, gladly!” he asserts. “As a result of the course I feel more secure and empowered. It’s enhanced my ability to connect with staff better and I would like to believe they’ve seen a change in me, too.”
As a consequence of the course, Rodrique believes he might pursue his vision of becoming a professional life coach. “I also see myself progressing from my current position to one where I am part of a team working on policy for higher education. This is part of my dream,” he says.
How about you? What are your prospects for the future? In these crazy Covid times investing in yourself is essential. With our economic and social landscapes changing so radically, and rapidly, developing skills to forge forward in an altered world is the best way to future-proof your career.
Coaching fosters inherent potential because it helps people develop self-belief, self-motivation, choice, clarity, commitment, awareness, responsibility and a readiness to act. If you’d like to find out more about SACAP’s Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course and how it can advance your career trajectory please get in touch. The 12-week programme has been designed entirely online so that you’ll be able to juggle earning a first-class qualification with the busy-ness of life. It couldn’t be more convenient. Or rewarding! The next Coaching in the Workplace Online Short Course starts on the 14th of September 2020. Will you be on it? Enquire here now.