“If you don’t know who to reach out to, reach out to your Success Coach and we’ll guide you from there.” – Paul Pallesen, Torrens University Australia Business Success Coach.
Business offers a range of different services, to help students get ahead in life and in work. One of the most popular of these is ‘Success Coaching’. But, what does a Success Coach actually do, and what advice might they have on how to achieve your goals?
Paul Pallesen is the perfect person to answer these questions, and more.
Originally from Norway, Paul arrived in Australia fifteen years ago as an international student, thinking he would only stay for five years. Instead, he started a great career, and eventually became a lecturer and Academic Advisor at Torrens University Australia Business.
He’s now been working as a Business Success Coach for a year, and he loves his job.
“The best part of my job is that I get to sit down with my students and have real conversations about where they’re at, where they want to go, and help them along this journey towards their definition of success.” – Paul Pallesen
So, what exactly is a Success Coach, according to Paul?
“If we break down the role, ‘Success Coach’, we’ve got Success, and we’ve got Coach.
Success means different things to different people. Some look at success and think lots of money; others might think a distinction in a subject, freedom, happiness and fulfilment.
Then we have the word Coach. If you think of any professional athlete, the vast majority would have a coach. A coach is not there to run the race for the athlete. The coach is there on the sideline, supporting, keeping the athlete on track, mentoring and providing insight based on their experience.”
Success Coaches at Torrens are there to listen, guide your decision-making process, and to provide you with support and their own unique industry insight.
Every Success Coach has industry experience relevant to their students. Paul, for example, can offer some sage advice to business students, based off his experiences in the business world.
When you book an appointment to go and see a Success Coach, you begin a personalised journey to achieve your dreams, together.
As a starting point, your Coach will use the ‘Gallup Strengths Finder’ and other tools to help you identify your interests, natural talents and skills. Then, you will use this information to workshop goals, strategies and timelines that work for you.
In terms of practical advice, you can ask your Success Coach for help with almost anything.
They’ll guide you through everything from subject selection to internship opportunities, resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation and beyond.
“A lot of us don’t know what we’re really good at, what talents we have and what motivates us deep down.
We want to know what you want to achieve, what’s important to you, what career aspirations you’ve got, and to help guide you along that journey. We also help our students become clear on where they’re going, and why.
By knowing the ‘why’ you’ll be more driven and motivated, especially during those difficult times when you’re knee deep in assignments, and you question why you even started studying in the first place.”
So, what are Paul’s 5 tips for your career success?
- Take some time to figure out why you’re here, and why you’re studying what you’re studying.
You have chosen to study, but if you don’t know what you’re going to do with that degree, or what type of job you’re after when you graduate, then you should find out now. If you’re not sure, go find out, talk to your Success Coach.
- Volunteer or get an internship
This allows you to have the opportunity to soak up as much experience as possible. The quicker you can start to implement what you’re learning, the quicker the information will cement in your brain.
- Set small goals
It is great to have goals and aspirations, but they can often seem intangible, out of reach or too far out in the distance. I suggest you break down your goals into smaller pieces and set mini goals along the way, goals where you can clearly see the finish line, and you can take one step at a time towards that goal.
- Take time to celebrate your wins
Once you hit these mini goals or milestones, celebrate! You need to celebrate your wins, so you stay motivated and driven towards that bigger Goal.
- Take advantage
There are so many resources around you, and we’re all here to help you succeed.
See here for more information about the range of business courses on offer at Torrens.