As a specialist in education, training,
and staff development, I find myself changing roles
from time to time in order to focus on the task at hand.
For example, it is important to know
the difference between education and training; between
training and coaching; and between coaching and mentoring.
Many people think those terms and roles are interchangeable,
but they are not, especially when it comes to working with
adult learners, with individuals who have not found success
in traditional educational institutions, or with employees who
depend on you to help them develop the skills necessary to be
successful in their chosen career.
What is education?
Education involves the learning of
knowledge. It is up to instructors to find the most effective
way of helping their students acquire the knowledge they need
in order to be successful in achieving their goals. If you are
working with an adult learner pr employee who wishes to work in an
electrical career, then he needs to know something about
electricity before he begins. There is basic knowledge that is
What is training?
Training is the teaching of skills
generate consistent competency in your student or employee. So once you
have the basic knowledge, you then have your student perform
the necessary skills over and over again until he gains the
confidence and competence needed to perform the job.
Furthermore, you don't just do the skill once and move on. You
perform the skill over and over again until you can say you
are consistently competent in that area.
What is coaching?
Coaching is all about enhancing
performance. Therefore, in order for training to be
successful, you need a competent coach working with the
students or with the employees. You need a person who can help the
student/employee while he
is learning the skills and who can do this in a way that will
assist the student in acquiring the skills that will make him
competent enough to do the work on his own. No matter how
skilled you become in your job, you can always use a coach who
can observe what you are doing and give you practical advice
on how to enhance your performance.
What is mentoring?
about helping an individual identify his/her purpose and
passion. Mentoring is a thread that should weave
throughout education, training and coaching. It is about helping a person achieve their life goals
and aspirations. It is also about helping a person match
his/her strengths and talents with realistic goals and
passions so that it is possible to successfully achieve those
goals. It is about making the right choices in life and being
motivated to make a difference in this world. It is about
realizing your potential and becoming the best you can be in
this life. Mentoring can make a huge difference in the bottom
line for any company. It is a matter of finding the right
person for the job and then helping each person become the
best he/she can be to achieve their maximum potential and
maximum level of job satisfaction.
What is my role as a Learning
As a Learning Coach, my role is to combine all of the above
roles and responsibilities in coming up with the right plan
for the people with whom I am working. Whether they be young
students or older adults; educational institutions or
corporations; my job is to determine the education needed,
develop the most appropriate training program, and then find
the right coaching team to help with the training. But perhaps
my most important role is to help individuals discover their
natural talents and abilities and their true passion for life
in order to make the right choices in the first place when it
comes to selecting a career they wish to pursue. I can give
you the education you need. I can develop a training program
for you. I can find good coaches. But if your heart is not in
what you are doing, all of this will mean nothing and you will
never achieve success.