Hi Everyone. I am not sure how I got here but it seems I have stumbled upon the right Mario pipe! I have been a long follower and enthusiast around design thinking and workshop facilitation. I actually have facilitated a few workshops accidentally without realising it. I was part of a community that was handed a step by step guide on conducting a workshop and I just ran with it. It was successful and even sometimes really fun. After a few times I found myself able to add flavour to some of the techniques like when an amateur cook gets comfortable ammending a cooking recipe. Unfortunately I stopped working with that organisation and then there was no need to facilitate anything. However when I think of career change there is a lingering feeling that I would be good at that. I got lost trying to do IDEO design courses but in the end I know I am not a Pen and paper designer of products or codes or marketing strategies. I care about the process more than the outcome. I recently found AJ Smart, or perhaps I was targeted to find them and seeing some of the videos and am now lead to this community. It does feel like my people but I am still at the edge of the pool testing the waters. So is this it? Am I meant to be a career facilitator ? How do I start? Do I try these expensive courses or are they just instagram targeting traps. I would love any thoughts or feedback from anyone who started and is further along the journey than I am. Thank You !
I agree with @David Newman that there are a lot of facilitators or coaches and the number will increase together with the demand. In my opinion, to be successful and make a good income you need to master the skills with self-commitment, plus finding your niche, learning marketing etc. Otherwise, you'll just become one of hundreds of mediocre professionals. Answering these questions might help: Does facilitation match with my values and motivations? Is it the life style which I want? Looking back years later, I can confidently say that I feel very fulfilled knowing I contributed to people collaborating effectively. In every endeavor where I couldn't provide strong answers to these questions, I found myself giving up at the first tough challenge I faced.
Hello Facilitators👋 I'm really curious about where everyone is from. I'd love to make this a mega post where we can see how diverse the Facilitator Club community is. Who knows, you might find a lot more people in your area than you thought! Once I have lots of answers on this post, I want to make a nice graph!
Hello everyone🤗 I recently completed AJ&Smart's Facilitation Fundamentals training🥳 Now, it's time for practice. Therefore, I'm looking for opportunities in Munich, Germany, where I can learn by experiencing. I would be very happy if there are facilitators whom I can learn from in-person🙏 We moved Munich two years ago due to my wife's new job. After one and a half years of full-time parenting👨🍼, I'm trying to change my career as a former human resources professional. Currently, I'm taking Fundamentals of Design Thinking course from IDEOU and I am working part-time as a professional coach and as a barista in a cafe. Your help, suggestions, and advice would be very appreciated. Looking forward to connecting. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/necatidemirtas/)
@Asena Ayse Thank you for your encouraging words. The career transition that I'm trying is one of the most difficult thing I do in my life. Lots of to learn which is fine for me but finding practical experience in a foreign country is really a big challenge. I hope I will succeed. Thanks for your nice wishes🙏