What is the difference between advising and coaching? First of all: There is some overlap. Here are the definitions we usually work with:
- Advising is usually about providing you with a specific piece of information or with advice from someone who knows more about a particular matter than you do. In many cases, one advising session will be enough to help you, but sometimes you will have to come back for another meeting.
- Coaching is a process that takes some time. It’s not about giving you access to information; it’s about guiding you on your way to success by helping you define your goals and devise strategies for reaching them. It is the coachee who has to do the work. The coach’s role is to accompany the process, equip the coachee with methods and techniques, and give critical input. All decisions are made by the coachee.
As said before, there is some overlap between advising and coaching. After having attended an advising session, many people ask a coach to accompany them on their path toward success. You are not sure which of the two you need? No problem. We will be happy to help you find out. Just get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!
You are looking for external support with challenges facing your career in research? We have the expertise to help you. Meet with us for a one-on-one advising session and discuss the issue you are having.
In an advising session, we can
- discuss ways to advance your career.
- help you prepare application documents that are tailored to suit the job you're applying for.
- help you prepare for job or selection interviews.
- help you develop an idea of what skills you have.
- help you develop a successful job hunting strategy.
- help you get a realistic idea of the career prospects open to you both in research and outside academia
The average advising session is 15 to 60 minutes. Please call or email us in advance to give us a chance to prepare for the session.
We will give you input and show you how to apply that input to your particular situation. You will receive guidance and support and will be equipped with methods that will help you reach your goals.
Your coach will help you tap into your potential to develop solutions tailored to your unique challenges. Using a range of tools, he or she will show you how to develop a better awareness and understanding of how you act and get a clear idea of what you want to achieve and how you can get there.
Coaching can help you
- define your career goals and devise strategies for reaching them.
- be well prepared to land the job you want.
- deal with the challenges you face in your career.
- critically reflect upon role expectations and deal with them in a constructive manner.
- work your way towards a particular goal.
The average coaching session is about 60 minutes. Coaching usually requires a time commitment of multiple sessions. How often and at what intervals you will meet is up to you and your coach to decide. The JMU Research Academy usually works with internal coaches, but if you want, we can also help you find a coach not affiliated with JMU.
A typical coaching programme is divided up into different stages, each of which will be tailored to suit your particular needs. Before we start the coaching process, we will meet with you for an orientation interview. During that interview, we will find out if coaching is the right tool to use in your particular situation and if it is, will define the key areas we will work on. Coaching generally follows these stages:
- Stage 1 - Analyse your specific situation
- Stage 2 - Define your goals
- Stage 3 - Devise strategies for reaching them
- Stage 4 - Review those strategies/ideas
- Stage 5 - Determine how to implement those strategies/ideas into your everyday (work) life