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September 22, 2023


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Have you ever considered mentoring or coaching in a career context – either as someone who would benefit from the career support they can offer, or someone who wants to become a mentor or coach? If you have, then this free course, Exploring career mentoring and coaching, will help you.

Introduction and guidance

Exploring career mentoring and coaching is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with pushing on to complete another week’s study. You’ll start this course by considering the differences and similarities between mentoring and coaching. Then, you’ll focus on developing your own self-awareness, an important skill for those wishing to gain the most from mentoring or coaching interactions. As you progress, you’ll understand how these approaches can enhance career development. You’ll explore the key skills and attributes of a good mentor or coach and learn how choosing the right individual can maximize the relationship. Along the way, you’ll consider whether you could become a mentor or coach yourself and reflect on how that might benefit your own career. It will explain what mentors and career coaches do and how a colleague or expert who can ask the right questions, challenge assumptions, and help an individual to find the best solutions for themselves, can make a significant difference in a wide range of situations and contexts. Working through this course will help you to: identify how a mentor or coach can support career development; understand the skills and characteristics of an effective mentor or coach; and find out how to become a mentor or coach when you feel ready to take on that role – whether now, or at some stage in your future career.

Course learning outcomes:

After completing this course you will be able to:
  • Recognize the difference between mentoring and career coaching, and analyze how each can enhance your career development
  • Understand the importance of self-awareness and how to develop your own
  • Choose a mentor or coach with confidence
  • Get the most from your relationships with mentors or coaches
  • Reflect on your own experience and consider whether you could become a mentor or coach yourself.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:25:00
    • Definitions 00:10:00
    • Defining mentoring 00:20:00
    • Defining coaching 00:10:00
    • Defining career coaching 00:40:00
    • Are mentoring and coaching different or the same? 00:05:00
    • Differences and similarities 00:30:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • What is self-awareness? 00:20:00
    • Increasing my self-awareness 00:10:00
    • Telling my story 00:00:05
    • Telling my career story 00:30:00
    • Broader prompts 00:10:00
    • Visualizing my future self 00:10:00
    • What might get in my way? 00:45:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • What makes a good mentor or coach? 00:05:00
    • What makes a good mentor? 00:20:00
    • What makes a good coach? 00:30:00
    • Building rapport and trust 00:20:00
    • Focusing on empathy 00:20:00
    • Listening and questioning 00:10:00
    • Listening 00:35:00
    • Questioning 00:20:00
    • When mentoring or coaching don’t work 00:15:00
    • Characteristics and issues 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • A brief history of mentoring 00:45:00
    • What can mentoring do? 00:40:00
    • The mentoring process 00:30:00
    • Who benefits from mentoring? 00:40:00
    • Mentoring misconceptions 00:30:00
    • Introduction 00:30:00
    • Setting goals and objectives 00:20:00
    • Using models and frameworks 00:15:00
    • The 5 C Model 00:30:00
    • The G-STAR model 00:20:00
    • Finding the right mentor 00:30:00
    • Becoming a mentor 00:25:00
    • Building your mentoring skills 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • A brief history of coaching 00:20:00
    • What can coaching do? 00:30:00
    • Why coaching works 00:30:00
    • Introduction 00:30:00
    • Person-centered coaching 00:40:00
    • Cognitive-behavioral coaching (CBC) 00:30:00
    • The Grow Model 00:30:00
    • Finding the right coach 00:30:00
    • Where to look for a coach 00:20:00
    • Becoming a coach 00:20:00
    • Building your skills 00:40:00
    • Introduction 00:30:00
    • What have I learned? 00:10:00
    • Planning my next move 00:40:00
    • Mentoring and coaching training and resources 00:10:00
    • Mentoring training 00:30:00
    • Coaching training 00:30:00
    • The future of mentoring and coaching 00:20:00
    • The future of mentoring 00:50:00
    • The future of coaching 00:20:00

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