At Torrens University our Success Coaches support each of our students thrive in their chosen field.
Meet Sarah Reeves, a Success Coaches for Health students. She works three days a week as a success coach and also runs her own small business delivering leadership and communication workshops to senior managers in Aged Care Facilities. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Science, Aged Services.
What do you love most about your job?
I love helping others get the most out of their life. Particularly helping them to realize that they are, and always have been, enough. I’ve always been fascinated by people, their behaviours, and their strong beliefs that dictate their actions even when those beliefs are negative and no longer work for them. Helping people change their beliefs and actions to ones that support, nourish, encourage and excite them always delights and enthrals me.
Why did you decide to become a Success Coach?
I decided to become a Success Coach because I had been looking for a role that utilized all my skills, knowledge, training and experience, aligned with my values and excited and invigorated me.
What are your hobbies?
I am also a wife, mum and home lover. My five children are young adults and the youngest two will be leaving the nest in the coming months, leaving my husband and me more time to enjoy exploring Victoria, visiting museums and enjoying a bit more travel. I also love catching up with friends, and I visit my parents in the UK most years.
“I love helping others get the most out of their life. Particularly helping them to realize that they are, and always have been, enough.”
What’s a coaching session like?
Whilst my role as a success coach covers many areas, the most rewarding is providing support to students who are struggling to cope with work and study. Some students try to work full time and study full time because they don’t realise the number of hours each subject takes. They can end up working an 80 hour week and then wonder why they are exhausted and not coping. Helping these students to understand the requirements of the course hours, the importance of life/work/study balance and looking after all aspects of their health can really increase the quality and enjoyment of their life. Once students reduce their study load they get much more enjoyment out of the course, enjoy a deeper understanding and knowledge of each subject and can work and have a social life in addition to their study. The biggest emotion they verbalise is relief.
“Helping people change their beliefs and actions to ones that support, nourish, encourage and excite them always delights and enthrals me”
What other jobs have you had that have helped you become a great success coach?
I’ve had many jobs over the years including working as a Nurse in the Emergency Department. Working as a Nurse gave me a different perspective on life and has allowed me to understand the processes and study required in Nursing. Running my own business delivering leadership and communication workshops to senior managers in aged care facilities has helped me to keep in touch with the issues in aged care and gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and experience in coaching.
What is the definition of success to you?
I believe success is about motivation. Everyone appears to be motivated by different things, which at one level is true. However, ultimately everyone wants to reach their highest potential and be happy and fulfilled. The key to finding what motivates you, and ultimately be successful, is to work out what makes you truly happy and helps you to reach your highest potential. As success coaches, we help students to discover what these are for them and use Gallup strengths to help them achieve this.
“Ultimately everyone wants to reach their highest potential and be happy and fulfilled. The key is to work out what makes you truly happy and helps you to reach your highest potential.”
What advice do you have for a student starting University?
Starting University can feel a bit like visiting a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, don’t know your way around and the customs and cultures are different. Taking time to talk to other friends and family can help. Asking for help early on can really help a student to settle in so that they can progress and enjoy their course.
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