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Coaching

What Is Coaching?

Coaching assists an individual in bridging the gap between where they are now and where they would like to be.

A coach achieves this by:

  • Helping to raise the awareness of the individual with powerful questioning techniques so they can get clear on what they truly desire and who they are at their core
  • Assisting them to create practical, step-by-step action plans to reach their goals
  • Providing the individual with tools, techniques and strategies to create lasting change and success

A coach is not a counsellor, a therapist, a mentor or a consultant. A coach will focus on future possibilities rather than past mistakes; this is achieved with tried and tested techniques that qualify them to assist an individual in exploring their goals and ambitions.  Workplace coaching can be used to help with specific issues at work such as relationships or managing workload, or for longer-term issues such as career development or career planning.

Coaching at Queen Mary University of London

We have a network of qualified coaches who are able to support staff from any area of the university, no matter the role. As of 2017 we are also part of a collaboration with Regent’s University, the University of Greenwich, SOAS and LSE. This relationship enables a limited number of individuals to receive coaching support from qualified coaches from the partner universities.

For more information and details on how to apply for coaching support please e-mail: profdev@qmul.ac.uk 


Mentoring

Through one-to-one confidential conversations the mentee is encouraged and challenged to achieve their career potential and aspirations. It can be useful at all stages of a career.

Mentoring has proved to have a beneficial impact on effectiveness, confidence and career advancement. It has advantages both for the mentor and mentee. For the mentor it can help with developing leadership skills and for the mentee they can access a colleague’s experience, gaining advice and guidance.

Mentors encourage, nurture and provide support to a mentee, usually through a 12-month period.  They draw on their own experience and knowledge base within a specific area. Mentoring involves the use of the same models and skills of questioning, listening, clarifying and reframing associated with coaching.  However, it is important to note that the timescales for mentoring are usually longer, and a mentor will offer their own experiences and expertise to support the mentee.  By contrast, a coach will focus on helping their coachee identify their own options and actions.

Find Out More

'Introduction to Mentoring' is a short workshop run approximately once per semester, according to demand.  You can find it on our course booking system by searching for Course Code PD217.

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