Former IT professional Vandana Mohture joined TCI on the spot in May 2019, the first time she ever saw an online ad for the school. She and her husband Varun had just moved to New South Wales from the US and Vandana was looking for “her passion” after taking a break from her paid career to raise son Viaan, now almost four: “It was a very conscious thing, to find something that I actually loved and wanted to do.”
She had first heard about coaching in the US, where she and the family lived for six years. “Before then I did not know you could learn to become a coach. I always used to think you had to grow to become a coach,” says Vandana.
Her search for a new direction was based on the instinct, “if I only knew something that aligned with my values and my being, I would be able to do so much more. So I realised people are my passion.”
When Vandana googled coaching certification, “the first thing that came up was TCI,” she says. Watching a video interview with Sharon Pearson and Matt Lavars, she thought they were saying “what I was feeling, and I thought, ‘This is exactly what I want to do. This is exactly what I want to be.’”
One phone call later to ‘Captain Marvel’ Bianca Bennett, Vandana “found my home”, she says. “It didn’t take me any time, I didn’t have to talk with anyone, I said yes right away.”
Just over a year on from her Foundations of Coaching Success training, she has put coaching into action as a volunteer youth mentor and at a mindfulness not-for-profit organisation, and in July ran her first emotional intelligence workshop for young people.
Mindset coach Vandana also has her own business Mind Art (tagline: Let’s create beautiful possibilities) which inspires self empowerment through action.
“It’s been like a directed story, like a movie,” Vandana says of twists that have included her making her first coaching connection at a birthday party and having “the exact amount” needed to sign up for TCI in her bank account at the time: “It’s been amazing. It’s so transformational.”