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The GraduateCenterLMU offers (prospective) doctoral candidates and early-stage postdocs the opportunity of individual coaching. Coaching is a confidential one-to-one conversation between coach and client (coachee), in the course of which personal resources and new perspectives are identified and reflected upon. The coachee is supported in defining individual goals, planning next steps, overcoming potential hurdles and moving forward in their personal and professional development.

The coaching offer is based on the concept and methods of systemic consultation. It takes into account the coachee's current life circumstances, tasks, and roles.

A successful coaching process requires that the coachee has a personal interest in self-reflection and development.
The conversations take place in a confidential setting, secrecy is of course guaranteed.

Possible topics

  • Decision-making
  • Time and self-management
  • Challenges related to supervision
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Dealing with demanding or conflictual situations
  • Developing vistas for professional and personal perspectives (change/career coaching)

Target groups

  • Prospective doctoral candidates, doctoral candidates, and early-stage postdocs
  • Prerequisite is LMU membership (enrollment, employment, official supervision at LMU)

What coaching cannot provide

  • Coaching is not a training or qualification course.
  • No ready-made proposals for action or solutions are presented and no specialist advice is given.
  • Coaching is not a substitute for psychosocial, psychotherapeutic or psychiatric counselling or treatment.


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