Career Coaching programme
Our Career Coaching programme lets you discuss and explore your career concerns with a professional coach. The programme offers a safe, non-judgemental environment in which you are enabled to find your own solutions. You may find this programme helpful if you:
- are feeling lost about your career development
- need help recognising what motivates you, what your skills and values are and where you function at your best
- want to explore issues that could be having an impact on your work life.
- You can apply to the programme if you are currently enrolled on any of our courses and have not participated in the programme before. (Please note that you will need to be enrolled for the duration of the coaching sessions.)
How does career coaching work?
- We offer up to six free one-hour career coaching sessions to help you gain clarity and focus in your career development. The sessions will enable you to start to define where you want to go, what it is you want and how you can make it happen. All sessions are held at Birkbeck, at our central London campus and are face-to-face (we do not deliver them remotely).
- The schedule for sessions is worked out by you and the coach, depending on your mutual availability. (Currently, sessions are delivered during term time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Some Saturdays are possible, but this depends on the coach’s availability.)
- At the start of the process, the coach will draw up an agreement with you as a client so you have a clear understanding of what will happen in the sessions. They are likely to do the following:
- Work with you to identify negative thoughts and behaviour patterns that may be blocking your career development so you can address them.
- Use exercises that focus on a particular aspect of career and personal development, to highlight your values and skills and identify your interests, blocks and bridges.
- Ask you to complete small assignments between sessions. You will be encouraged to reflect and use this as a basis for understanding and action in your career coaching.
- The sessions are not prescriptive: the relationship and framework for the sessions will be individual to each coach and client.
- Our coaches have substantial professional work experience within a wide range of industries and sectors.
- Our partnership with Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology means that all of the coaches on this programme are completing a Master's degree in Career Management and Coaching which, when completed, will meet the qualification requirements for entry to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. (This Register is the sector equivalent of Chartered Status.)
- Respecting confidentiality:
- Coaches on the programme offer the highest possible levels of confidentiality, in order to respect your privacy and create the necessary trust for coaching.
- Your consent to collect and record information will be obtained in line with Data Protection legislation.
- Please note: the following laws limit the extent to which confidentiality can be maintained:
How to apply
- To express your interest and apply, you need to download and complete our Career Coaching application form and then return it to us by email.
- Please carefully check the eligibility requirements outlined above, as only Birkbeck students can apply.
What the programme does not cover
- This is not personal counselling: the focus will be on your career concerns and not your personal concerns (although they are often intertwined). If you feel you would benefit from personal counselling instead, please contact our Counselling Service.
- The Career Coaching programme does not offer advice and guidance sessions: the coach will not give you the answers to your career concerns or tell you what career you should follow.
- Want to find out more about career counselling? Please email us.