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Want to make progress on a particular goal or effect significant change in your life? Coaching might be the right option for you.

What is coaching?

Coaching helps you to clarify, prioritise and focus your energy on taking the right steps towards your goal. Coaching is a process and a relationship in which you will work with a coach to define your own agenda that will enable you to move forward in life, whatever that may mean for you.

Why do people seek out coaching?

Anyone who feels stuck but determined to move forward could benefit from the coaching process. The coaches in the Researcher Development team offer coaching at every level, but have a particular experience of working with graduate students and early career researchers.

Often we work with researchers to tackle challenges with the process of doing the research work, such as establishing good writing habits or working on a fellowship application or CV. But this can also mean addressing all kinds of other issues, depending on the individual situation, such as: confidence and emotional regulation, balancing research and family responsibilities, perfectionism, big life changes, wellbeing, time management, etc.

For career explorers and job seekers, coaching is usually more focused on identifying priorities, goals, strengths, skills, interests and values, and figuring out what is the next step.

How do I request coaching?

To request coaching, please fill in this brief coaching application form and return it to:

Once you have indicated your interest in coaching, one of our coaches will contact you to set up an introductory first meeting: how coaching works, your coaching needs and how to proceed. If at this stage you feel that coaching is not the type of support that you need you can discuss other options.

If you choose to enter into coaching, you will make arrangements with the coach for the duration and frequency of future meetings.

Read more: How coaching works at the University.