Exploring career mentoring and coaching
Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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Exploring career mentoring and coaching

Week 2: Knowing myself


Welcome to Week 2 of the course.

In Week 1, you familiarised yourself with the broad concepts of mentoring and coaching, and some of the research behind them. You also reflected on your own interest in mentoring and coaching.

This week, you’ll consider self-awareness. This is a key element of both mentoring and coaching, equally relevant whether you are receiving or delivering it.

You won’t be surprised to find that knowing yourself is something that a mentor or coach can help you with, but in this part of the course, you’ll explore some of the exercises that can help to get you started.

Now watch the following video to introduce the week.

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A key benefit of successful mentoring or coaching is that it will enhance your self-awareness. A self-aware person has a clear understanding of their own strengths, weaknesses, motives, and emotions, as well as how others perceive them. In career terms, this means they are more likely to know what they want and how to achieve it. This week, you'll learn about some of the tools that can help you develop your self-awareness and try out some relevant exercises. For example, you will think about telling your own career story and have a go at visualising your future self at work. You'll also identify some of the common obstacles that can stop you from becoming as self-aware as you'd like. People often feel uncomfortable or self-indulgent focusing on themselves, but the benefits make it a worthwhile habit to develop.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • recognise the value of self-awareness
  • use some of the tools and exercises available to help you become more self-aware
  • identify obstacles to developing self-awareness.

You’ll start this week by asking ‘What is self-awareness?’


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