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Getting Started

Welcome to the Career Coaching and Counselling module


The focus of this module is on supporting career development learning through our one to one interactions and conversations. These can range from informal conversations to formalised settings where the role of 'client' and 'coach' are clearly adopted. These interactions are typically seen as one-to-one and face to face. However, the same professional practices can support learning through group interactions and online activities, for example.

We will look at approaches to career coaching interventions that have arisen from theories of career and personal development and chart the origins of terms such as 'career guidance' and 'career coaching'. Through the module, participants will work on developing their own professional skills in suporting career development learning through one-to-one dialogue. We will consider ethical and organisational issues and how our own practice can be managed and developed.

Alongside the teaching days at the University of Warwick on Friday 30 and and Saturday 31 January, participants are invited to work through these online materials and core readings.

Saying hello in the forum

The forum is used thoughout the module to facilitate responses to exercises and formative assessment. It is our space and only module registrants and staff can see our posts. As a first step, you are asked to introduce yourself in the module forum. As a blended learning module, it is helpful if other people can see who is studying the module. Please do this now by clicking on this forum link and locating the thread entitled Saying hello in the forum.

Online materials

It would be helpful if participants could view the video case study of 'Sue' prior to the teaching days, as we will discuss this example of practice as part of our learning.

Core and further reading

There are core readings linked to each of the online sections. All the core readings are provided in electronic format in the Core and further reading section. Further reading is signposted throughout the module and is listed below the core reading. Further reading is not supplied as the online lectures, workshop and core reading are designed to be self-contained.

You are entitled and encouraged to have at least one tutorial as part of this module. Further tutorials can also be discussed as the need arises. Please see details in the Assignment pages.

Typical progress through the module

Month 1: say hello on the forum, engage in initial reading and attend workshop
Month 2: participate in formative assessment activity
Month 3: arrange a tutorial with module leader
Month 4: further reading and case studies
Month 5: completion of summative assignment

Module home page

The module home page and can be used as a base for navigating around the module. The sections within it contain the online module materials. Approximate guided learning hours are displayed in brackets for each of the main sections. These are intended as a very rough guide to aid in planning your time.

I hope that you find the module a supportive and enjoyable means to develop your career coaching practice.

Best wishes

Gill & Phil