Dr Margaret Collins

Dr Margaret Collins
Member Association for Coaching Graduate Coach-U

Academic Career Coaching

Working hard isn’t enough, good results aren’t enough. Getting published, while essential, isn’t enough.

Getting established and staying ahead in an Academic career requires even sharper skills.

Sometimes you know you need to grow into a new role, a new project or maybe even a different job. How do you get a permanent lectureship or promoted to Professor? And if you’re not on the tenure track, what other careers might suit you?

Career coaching is one process that can help you to develop new skills and see better options for progress inside or outside Academia.

When you’re ready to change, coaching works.

You clarify your goals, focus on solutions, decide to take action – starting now!

What is it that you want to achieve? Greater impact? Promotion? Some sort of work-life balance?

Working with a Coach you get more done. You hold yourself accountable for making decisions and taking actions. You make sure each day takes you closer to your goal at the same time as enjoying more of what you do, in and out of work.

We can arrange for personal coaching if your employer doesn’t provide coaching support.

Location doesn’t matter. We may meet in person but telephone coaching and technologies such as Skype make video coaching simple and highly effective tools. If you’d like to discuss some options, call me on 0208 123 0099 or email using this link.

You can read more about your personal coaching options on my partner website: LemonadeLifeplanning.com

Thanks – I really enjoyed the session last week. Indeed, I have been recommending you to my colleagues non-stop, describing you (if you don’t mind) as exactly “the small gin and tonic” I needed! I think you get what I mean – I really did get a lot out of the session!

Where would you like to start?

We will work exclusively on your agenda. You might know exactly where you want to focus or you may want to try a few assessments to identify priority areas for our work together. I can suggest the best tools or resources for you.

Working with a coach gives you focus and a source of support – I will encourage you, challenge you, be an impartial sounding board and hold you accountable for your progress. I am happy to review CVs or application forms as part of the coaching process and of course discuss how best to present yourself in that all important interview.

Don’t know where to start? 

We can work our way through a more structured programme where you will really clarify your personal values and motivators. These are the things that are most important to you – they guide your decisions and shape your path through life. Would you like to begin?

Coaching Menus – Where would you like to start?

  • Identifying personal/professional priorities
  • Set compelling goals – personal and professional
  • Dealing with stress
  • Prioritising time/life management
  • Taming the inner critic
  • Developing attitudes that bring success
  • Key communication skills
  • Balancing work, rest and play

This focus on personal growth and balance will produce measurable changes in your quality of life, professional performance and personal satisfaction.

My professional training as a Coach combined with many years personal experience within University and Research Institute environments as an active Researcher and Senior Academic gives me real insight into your complex needs.

But don’t just take my word for it:

I have to tell you that I don’t sleep well the night of the call!
I thought that tea, coffee and chocolate were to blame but it’s simply that my head is buzzing.
Last night I just had to get out of bed and make a to-do-list, just of the things we had discussed.
Pat Williams