MBA Careers - Coaching Opportunities

The career development service would like to offer, free of charge, a chance to be coached by the coaches on Henley's renowned coaching programmes.

What is coaching?

Coaching gives you the chance to explore an issue of particular importance, either work or personal, with an independent coach who will help you achieve new insight and take a different perspective. It could also be described as the art of facilitating the development, learning and performance of another.

What can I be coached on?

Essentially you can be coached on any topic where you currently feel stuck, and would appreciate the opportunity to take a few different perspectives. People tend to bring along a whole range of issues into the coaching sessions, from their work life, personal life, and often a combination of both.

Who are the coaches?

Participants on the coaching programme are individuals who already have personal experience of coaching in a business context. Some of them currently work at senior levels in a range of public and private sector organisations. Others have previously held senior positions in the business world, and now work as consultants and coaches to individuals and organisations. All of them have chosen to attend the Henley programme in order to develop their coaching skills to higher levels, and also to obtain the Henley Certificate in Coaching. Once they have successfully completed the accreditation for the programme, they will be entitled to a place on the Henley Register of Coaches.

The Henley Certificate in Coaching programme is split into three modules and the programme members conduct their first coaching session during Module 2 and their second session during Module 3. Each of the sessions last about 1 - 1.5 hours and you may choose to attend either one or both of the sessions.

All programme sessions are run on weekdays at our Greenlands campus, starting at 5.00pm and finishing around 6.30pm. Should you wish to have a follow-up session with the same coach, it is advisable that you let us (or the coach) know as soon as possible. Whilst it is preferable for these sessions to be run face to face (especially for the initial session), we recognise the fact that this is not always possible. With that in mind, we can usually arrange for the session to be conducted over the telephone.

Expectations for the coaching sessions

Your coaching session will be conducted as a genuine session, in which you will be able to work on whatever issue or issues you choose to bring. Your coach will begin the session by establishing a framework with you in terms of time, confidentiality assurances and setting mutually agreed boundaries around the scope and range of the content of the session.

You may wish to introduce more personal aspects to the issue you wish to address, or you may wish to keep the session purely focused on business issues. Your coach will help you find the approach which will be most productive for you, and with which you are both comfortable. If, at any time, the session moves into areas outside the coach's field of expertise - for example, if it becomes apparent that a counselling approach might be helpful around a particular issue, then the coach will advise you of this, and will not attempt to operate outside their own professional remit.

Confidentiality

We would like to emphasis that coaches at Henley uphold a strict code of conduct around maintaining confidentiality within the coaching relationship. Nothing that is revealed or discussed in a coaching session will be repeated to any third party, in any attributable way. No details of the coaching clients will be distributed amongst the participants of the programme, and no details of the coaching sessions will be kept on file.

The only exceptions to the confidentiality rule are in the case of the client revealing to the coach information which indicates that they are breaking the law or likely to physically inflict harm on themselves or others. If the coach becomes concerned that any of these issues are arising, they will inform the client immediately, and let them know that they are required to advise an appropriate authority - preferably with the client's permission.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Thorne:

T: +44 (0)1491 414528 E: linda.thorne@henley.ac.uk