Biological Sciences

Career Coaching Programme

Career Coaching programme promoting career discussion and progression.

Promoting career coaching in Science

 Find out more about career coaching in STEM in the video below.

Career Coaching 2021

We are delighted to announce that our sixth round of career coaching is now complete, with 8 coaching candidates completing the coaching via an adapted virtual 1:1 format, although some were still able to attend their sessions in person.

We can also confirm that there wil be a further round of coaching for 2022 and the launch even is scheduled for 23rd March 2022. More information with be sent to staff via email ahead of the date.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Who is it for?

A. For all professional service and research staff within the School of Biological Sciences.


Q. What is career coaching?

A. Coaching is a process that can help you realise your potential to maximise your performance. It can help you make changes. The coach can help you learn more about yourself and your abilities and help you formulate your own solutions to problems - the coach will not tell you what to do, but will help you think through the options.

Successful candidates will receive five free coaching sessions.


Q. When does the coaching run?

A. We have a launch event, usually in late January, where we invite those eligible to attend. At the launch we hear from the coaches as well as previous coachees. There is usually an introduction by the School E&D Convenor and a statement from the Head of School. Following the event we then send out a link to the online application form, deadline is end of March, with decisions being relayed in May. Coaching sessions are then run between June and November. We would also look to ask for feedback from those who have undertaken the coaching.


Q. How can coaching help me?

A. Coaching can help you:

  • Achieve your potential
  • Improve or maximise your performance
  • Increase your job satisfaction
  • Understand more about your work role and the issues you need to address
  • Progress in the organisation.

The coaching sessions helped me define what I wanted from my work in terms of role and responsibilities, and I am now working towards achieving these.


Feedback from previous coaching sessions

Following the five sessions with their coach we ask coachees to complete a short anonymous feedback survey.

When asked, 45% answered that they felt the coaching to be extremely useful18% very useful, 9% useful and 27% quite useful.

All respondents felt their section/the School has benefited from this coaching.

Yes, undoubtedly. Please know this is money well spent.