Academic Life and Career Development Coaching for Educators and Trainers

Most academics have a range of transferable skills and can undertake an array of creative, intellectually stimulating and highly skilled jobs both in and outside the world of education.
Having first-hand experience of these strengths and skills, but also the challenges people face in academic-related environments and in transitioning careers, I can empathise and support you to develop your career either in academia or in non-academic employment.

This programme has been designed with those educators in mind who:

  • Need support and advice about how to improve their performance in class, learn to “read” their students, and deal effectively with stress and interpersonal challenges
  • Try to get publications and attend a series of job interviews in order to secure that coveted academic job
  • Juggle the demands of teaching, research, administration, and personal life
  • Face cultural and work-place challenges and bullying
  • Have a portfolio academic career and need more clarification and balance
  • Want to leave academia altogether but are unsure about the choices they have or the new direction they want to take

The coaching process will empower you to:

  • Gain clarity about what is important in your life
  • Assess current perceived or real challenges
  • Understand your strengths, values, interests, purpose and passions
  • Prioritize your goals, create a career plan, and identify the tools and resources you need to succeed
  • Develop strategies and systems to improve academic performance and time management
  • Gain greater self-esteem and confidence and learn how to handle stress and anxiety
  • Take your first academic job and balance teaching, research, writing and administrative duties
  • Meet the challenges of promotion and an increase in workload and responsibilities
  • Consider the benefits and drawbacks of taking a new position
  • Deal with the disappointment of not getting a promotion or a job
  • Deal with bullying and harassment at work
  • Change your career trajectory, whether voluntarily or not
  • Embrace change and deal positively with personal transitions
  • Deal with a portfolio career
  • Identify your transferable skills and apply them to a new career
  • Consider retraining and/or self-development programmes

Overall, it supports you to grow as a scholar, take charge of your career development, balance competing demands within and outside academia/education, and achieve your goals.

Academic Life Coaching Programme for sixth-form, foundation-level and undergraduate students

University and College life can be a challenge not only for undergraduate and international students who enter a new, unfamiliar world, but also for postgraduate and mature students who re-enter the Higher Education system. Coaching will help you navigate your journey through academia towards a satisfying, intellectually creative, purposeful and more fulfilling life.
This programme is designed to help you develop positive life and academic skills. It enables you to examine your academic concerns and perceived barriers to success, and to improve good habits, skills and academic performance.

In particular, the programme helps you in areas such as:

  • Goal setting
  • Planning and organization
  • Aligning values with an action plan
  • Time management
  • Resilience and confidence
  • Improving motivation
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Developing useful study skills
  • Identifying and understanding your thinking, learning and motivational styles, and the ways these impact your life and academic progress
  • Identifying and changing perspectives
  • Learning techniques to deal with stress and performance anxiety
  • Developing effective exam-taking strategies

Following this programme, you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies to improve academic performance
  • Enhance your self-awareness and self-advancement
  • Establish strategies and generate solutions to problems and take ownership of your actions through goal-oriented development
  • Understand your strengths, values, interests, purpose and passions
  • Improve time management and academic work/life balance
  • Express yourself with confidence
  • Develop skills and acquire tools that you may wish to take into your professional and personal lives
  • Balance social and extra-curricular engagements
  • Evaluate short-term employment options and longer-term career choices
  • Get support in navigating the complex world of British Higher Education
  • If you are an international student, get support and mentoring in adapting to a different educational system and having to cope with cultural differences

Coaching for Postgraduate Students and Doctoral Scholars

The journey through postgraduate and PhD study can be a transformative experience, even though at times you might struggle with your research, your thesis, with loneliness and insecurity about how to put together your masterpiece for the examination committee and the world to see.

The coaching process will empower you to:

  • Take ownership of your academic journey
  • Develop your research, writing and presentation skills
  • Grow as an academic scholar and develop your scholarly voice
  • Overcome obstacles and identify and realize possibilities
  • Improve your academic performance and maintain your focus
  • Deal positively with isolation, self-sabotaging and procrastination
  • Increase self-confidence and identify what is important
  • Balance competing study-work-life demands
  • Take charge of your career and create a workable plan for personal development
  • Build a strategic support network
  • Apply for academic jobs or consider alternative options

Coaching for Mature Students

If you are a mature student re-entering Higher Education, you may benefit from additional support to guide you through your academic journey.
The coaching process will help you to:

  • Explore both your study and career options in a safe and supportive environment
  • Gain confidence in the academic world
  • Regain study skills and identify areas for improvement
  • Familiarise yourself with current research and academic trends and resources
  • Manage your work/life responsibilities and academic commitments
  • Constructively consider career-change options

Writing Project / Dissertation Coaching

As a result of my substantial experience as a scholar, researcher, academic coach and author, I offer I offer writing project / dissertation coaching to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as PhD scholars. This programme will help you to:

  • Choose and/or clarify a practical dissertation topic
  • Plan and organise your dissertation, book, or journal article
  • Set realistic goals and deadlines to achieve your writing and publication goals
  • Identify real and imagined roadblocks and devise strategies to overcome them
  • Devise strategies to overcome self-limiting beliefs about your writing abilities
  • Sustain a structured writing regime suitable to your needs and lifestyle
  • Recognize self-sabotaging attitudes and overcome procrastination
  • Manage stress, and deal with both self-criticism and negative feedback from others
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Build support structures and mechanisms to avoid isolation and stay on track
  • Boost productivity and maintain a healthy academic work/life balance
  • Prepare for conference presentations
  • Work towards the final presentation of the thesis and prepare for the viva
  • Explore the process of academic publishing

Other Bespoke Coaching-in-Education Programmes

  • Study Skills Programme
  • Learning Styles
  • Exams Anxiety Coaching
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Promoting and teaching empathy in schools