Last month, Kirsty Voisin of VO began a year-long course at Université Jean Moulin to become a professional coach. It’s a demanding programme that focuses on the theories and concepts of social and human sciences, as well as the methods and techniques of coaching.

We recently sat down with Kirsty to find out more about the programme.

Why did you decide to become a coach?

“Because more and more I find myself coaching rather than training in English. I’ve had a lot of feedback from clients telling me that I would make an excellent coach. But even more, I think my own experience starting up and running a business has given me a real insight into the stakes managers and directors face in their day-to-day professional lives.

After 18 years of being a trainer and working in all sectors and professions, I’ve seen quite a lot. But most of all, I love seeing people reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions. For VO, it means we’ll be adding a new angle to the different services we can provide our clients. And hopefully, my new skills will also be helpful to our team.”

What’s interesting — or difficult — about it?

“To begin with, it’s all in French! Also, after working as a trainer for so many years, I’m having to make the mental switch to that of a coach. What I really find interesting so far is what we’re learning about the human mind. Understanding that we are all guided by a set of beliefs that define how we react and behave is key to adapting to our environment.

Any final comments?

“There are 23 of us in this year’s coaching class, with quite a diverse range of professional experiences, including HR people, business owners, and company directors. If all goes as planned, I’ll finish in October 2019, after two written exams, a memoir, three internships, and an oral presentation of my work!”

Good luck Kirsty!