Research Staff 1:1 Appointments

Bristol Clear offers appointments for research staff on Pathway 2, to review your career options; whether you're considering a future within, or outside of academia. These 30 minute coaching-style sessions give you an opportunity to talk through your career dilemmas with an impartial member of the Bristol Clear team. Impartiality is important. We are not invested in the decisions you make, and do not have any pre-existing ideas about what course of action is best for you. This means that we won't tell you what to do. Instead, we'll support you to find your own solutions.

Is a 1:1 going to be useful for me?

These sessions give you the space to explore and consider your own solutions and who you have in your network who can support you. If any of the following resonate with you, then a 1:1 may help:

  1. I’ve decided my current job isn’t for me and I don’t know what to do.
  2. What are my transferable skills?
  3. How do I find alternative careers?
  4. How do I progress within the University?
  5. I’d like some help with preparing for interview. 

People who attend our 1:1 coaching-style sessions report feeling an increase in their confidence, their clarity and their motivation to make changes.

How to ensure you get the most of your session

  1. Take some time ahead of the session to think: Realise it is only 30mins, which will go in a flash, so think about what drew you to sign up to a session and consider what you want to focus on. Write down what you want out of the session and what questions you want to find answers to.
  2. Bring a pen to make notes: You should come out of the session with actions (including people you could talk to or things to investigate further).
  3. Have realistic expectations: These sessions are about you finding your own solutions - we won't provide you with answers but we will work with you to reframe your thoughts and ideas to better make sense of your situation. 


How to book

To enquire about availability please check Develop, email, or see the latest issue of the Bristol Clear bulletin.  

Career coaching at UoB

Career coaching provides an opportunity to review your career, build on your skills, and develop your self-awareness. All of our coaches are impartial and work within the university and therefore bring an awareness of HE pressures. You can use our service to discuss progressing within UoB, or elsewhere in academia, or to explore any uncertainty you may have with pursuing an academic career. This coaching is free, confidential, and you can choose what to focus on during their sessions. To get in touch, please email or for more information go to Career coaching | Staff Development | University of Bristol

Career guidance for former UoB students

If you are now a member of research staff, but were a student of the University of Bristol, then you can access the University's career guidance provision for up to three years after you graduate. 

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