Coaching for PhD and Masters by Research Candidates
What is coaching?
Coaching is about helping you keep moving, giving you strategies to do so, and lifting you up when you're down. Coaching is about giving you the support you need to get your project done, with the occasional kick in the pants when it's needed the most. Coaching is about encouraging you, supporting you, and helping you motivate yourself to do and be who you want to be.
Coaching is a professional relationship, sometimes one-on-one, sometimes in a group situation, to help you get what you want.
There are almost as many definitions of coaching as there are coaches in the world. The one above is my definition: it’s what I do as a PhD Coach. Here are some more definitions.
Here’s the International Coaching Federation definition:
Here is Coachville’s definition:
Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their earning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future, recognizing that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.
Coaching is inspiring an individual or team to produce a desired result through personalised teaching, expanding awareness and designing environments.
Benefits of coaching
- Coaching gives you the skills to set and achieve goals
- Coaching gives you a sounding board for your thoughts, feelings and plans
- Coaching helps you complete your goals quicker than you thought possible
- Coaching picks you up when you are down
- Coaching teaches you how to design environments and strategies for all aspects of your life
- Coaching helps you accomplish more, in less time than if you were doing it on your own
- Coaching provides a different perspective
- Coaching helps you balance your life
So what does a coach do?
- A coach assists you to set achievable goals, and take the actions required to achieve them
- A coach listens to where you are, what you have accomplished, what you haven’t accomplished
- A coach assists you to set up the perfect environment to support your goals
- A coach helps you develop personalised strategies that will work for you
- A coach tells the truth when no-one else will
Go to the FAQs page to learn more about how coaching can help you complete your dissertation or thesis.
I always come out of our coaching talks raring to go!
WS, Rutgers University