Relearning Career Development and Coaching

In this blog, Grace Donegan, who recently completed our Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development and Coaching Studies, discusses her CLL journey…

As an MBA qualified HR Consultant with extensive experience in coaching professionals across various industries, it was important to me that I obtained a specialist and academically acclaimed qualification in Career Development and Coaching from a Russell group university.

The Career Development Institute recommended the Level 7 accredited Career Development and Coaching Studies programme at Warwick given the nature and quality of its distance learning. I spoke to Phil McCash and knew after our call that CDCS was right for me.

I really enjoyed all the modules that I studied and particularly I appreciated the intersection of career theory and coaching models with real-life career coaching demonstrated by Catherine Reynolds and Ian Day. They both have a real talent in helping you visualise the academic concepts you learn in real life which proved invaluable. I also benefited hugely from having my coaching sessions analysed by Gill Frigerio and my peers.

I have always had a real passion for career coaching but I also had preconceived notions of how career coaching should work. The CLL lecturers challenged me intellectually and made me rethink my own views and assumptions. They opened up a whole new world of career related learning for me and now I integrate these learnings daily in my coaching practice and continue to learn. Only last week I got further support from Catherine on a topic I wanted to learn more about in the executive coaching space!

I also benefited hugely from the expertise and insights of my peers who work across various industries and sectors and were a huge support during the ups and downs of the pandemic and other life events. Learning while working is a demanding commitment but I would have no hesitation in going back to the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Warwick.

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