5 Careers for Moms and Other People Who Love to Give Advice
by Tag Goulet
Today is Mother’s Day, a time to reflect on the fabulous things that moms do.
One of the many things moms are famous for is giving advice. If you spent time with family this weekend, you may have had the chance to hear or give some motherly advice yourself.
Here’s a sampling of careers in fields where your valuable advice will be appreciated. Each career description starts with an inspirational quotation from some of the best advice-givers in the world — moms.
“I just want what’s best for you.” – Mom
As a business consultant you can get paid to give advice to business owners and executives. Business consultants meet with clients in companies and other organizations to identify business problems, then gather information and recommend solutions.
Some business consultants focus on a particular industry such as health care, while others specialize in areas such as marketing, human resources, technology, or small business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 28% of consultants do not have a degree, but you do need business-savvy and experience in the area you are consulting in.
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” – Mom
If you would like to share your love of good manners with others, consider a career as an etiquette consultant. Etiquette consultants give advice in various areas such as business etiquette, children’s etiquette, dining etiquette, international protocol, social etiquette, or wedding etiquette.
As an etiquette consultant you can offer individual consultations or group training programs on topics such as telephone skills for customer service staff. You can actually get paid to say “mind your manners” and “don’t talk with your mouth full.”
Image is the way other people see us. As an image consultant, you can give people advice that will help them achieve what they want — whether it is to get a new job, to make a good impression, or simply to feel good about themselves.
These type of image consultant careers that pay you to give advice will also involve giving feedback to people about their overall image (also known as makeover consulting). You might advise them on how to improve specific aspects of their image such as wardrobe, makeup, or vocal and non-verbal communications.
“There’s no such word as can’t.” – Mom
Life coaches help people to achieve success in their careers, relationships and life. As a life coach you will help people identify what is holding them back from having everything they want in business or life, and coach them to overcome those challenges.
People use life coaches for the same reason that they use sports coaches: they want someone to work with them, to encourage them, to push them. As a life coach, your job is to listen, to ask questions, and to give honest feedback. (It sounds a lot like the job done by many moms!)
“If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?” – Mom
As a motivational speaker you could inspire students to stay in school, say no to drugs, become leaders, and prepare for life after graduation. (In other words, you’d reinforce the great advice their moms have given!)
Motivational speakers also give advice to adults and inspire them to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. You could help people to succeed in business, improve their relationships, develop a positive attitude, become healthy, achieve financial prosperity, and have more fun in life.
If you have a talent for giving advice, consider one of the many careers that pay you to give advice. Mom would be proud. To learn how you can get started in your dream career, check out the Online Certificate Courses offered by the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).