School of Social and Political Science



You at the Centre

All students in SSPS are eligible for 1-1 skills coaching with the School's coaching team. Skills coaching provides focussed discussion tailored to your career aspirations. Coaches help you identify steps to achieve your goals.

Our coaching model features 'you at the centre'. We place your development at the heart of each session. Coaches are trained to listen and observe, asking questions to encourage strategic thinking.

Students registered on the SSPS Edinburgh Award for Professional Development are eligible for 1 coaching session per semester

Alternatively, students can book one-off sessions focussed on specific skills (sessions will be advertised and must be booked in advance).

What to expect at a coaching session

Your coach will spend more time listening than talking. You should come to your session prepared to talk about your development goals. Coaching sessions build on the rapport between coach and coachee. To make the most of your session, it's worth identifying in advance the aspects of skills development that you want to discuss.

Your coach will ask questions to help you plan the next steps of your development journey. Your coach will not tell you what to do, but will listen, question and summarise as you discuss your goals.

Please note - coaches will not provide academic guidance or comment on pieces of academic work.

Book a coaching appointment

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