Career coaching

PLATO ESRs have the opportunity to receive individual coaching from a qualified careers coach, via one 30 minute online coaching session. 


Individual coaching provides personally-tailored guidance and dedicated time and attention that you may not otherwise receive in your professional life. This session could help you reflect on where you are currently in your career and explore where you want to be and what you might need to do to get there. Alternatively you may choose another career related issue that you wish to cover in your coaching session (you may inform the coach in advance of the session if you want).

A coach can help you understand who you are as a person, your needs and aspirations. People who receive coaching report benefits such as increased self-confidence, improved performance and relationships, and better communication skills.


Individual time slots for a 30 minute online coaching session will be scheduled on 18 and 23 March 2020 that the registered participants can select from.

Case studies

Below are two examples of researchers who have experienced personal coaching and found it helpful to their careers. You can read more case studies here.

Phil Powrie,  Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at the  University of Surrey, reflects on management coaching:  

“… fundamental to my development… was personal coaching, where I needed to define objectives and talk through methods of achieving them. … the one-to-one personal coaching… brought clarity into my thinking about difficult situations as a leader, forcing me to reflect on how small nuances in the way you behave and talk can affect outcomes, both positively and negatively." 

Janice McLaughlin, Executive Director of Policy, Ethics, and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre at Newcastle University, reflects on coaching for leadership development:  

“Through the leadership programme I gained access to a management coach. This has been a vital experience for me, coming at an important period of being placed in new contexts, negotiations and strategic opportunities. The one-to-one sessions were always productive, based on the issues I faced and designed to develop solutions I could take forward and did. While the coaching has concluded, I often go back to the notes made there when dealing with new situations and issues and I recognise that I work with greater reflexivity about the impact of my behaviour and of others now. I am very grateful for that!” 

Published Dec. 3, 2019 10:01 AM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2020 4:30 PM