Why should I become a coach?By becoming a coach you will help the next generation of business leaders find their feet in an industry they love.
You can also enhance your professional profile and extend your professional network to include not only current students, but also other coaches involved with eCareerCoach.
How does it work?eCareerCoach is a student driven program, therefore after you register you do not need to do anything further until you receive a coaching request.
You will receive all requests via email where you can accept or decline them. If you choose to accept the coach request it is the student’s responsibility to contact you with questions they would like to ask you.
As eCareerCoach is an online program it is assumed that your coaching interactions will take place via email. If you choose, you can suggest discussing their queries in person, over the phone or via Skype; however, this is not required.
Once you conclude your coaching relationship, the student will ‘release’ the relationship allowing you to connect with more students.
How the coaching relationship runs is determined by you and the student. Each coaching interaction will differ, however the benefit they will receive from connecting with you is priceless.
What is expected of a coach?As a coach you will be asked questions relating to your experiences and career path. Students are asked to consider your background and knowledge area before putting forth their questions.
eCareerCoach is about imparting your wisdom, tips and advice to help our students make the best decision for their future and get a head start on the road to achieving their goals.
- Enhance your professional profile and the profile of your organisation
- Connect with talented students (potential future employees)
- Improve your coaching and mentoring skills
- Connect with other coaches and grow your professional network
How do I join?
- Visit the eCareer Coach sign up page
- Click ‘sign up’ in the top right corner
- Scroll to the bottom of the 'Industry Programs' list
- Choose coach in the eCareerCoach program
- Complete your profile
How does the platform work?Students log in to eCareerCoach and search through the Coach profiles. Students are able to refine their search fields based on industry, degree etc. The search results will list the most relevant coach to the student first, however they may choose to connect with someone who is in an industry they are interested in moving into. You will receive an email when a student requests you as a coach; you can choose accept or decline. If you accept the student's request you will need to discuss how and when your 'meeting' will take place. The system has been designed so that you are able to conduct your meeting online. However if you feel more comfortable conducting your meeting via Skype, phone, email or in person you are able to do so.
Do I need to prepare for our meeting?No, you shouldn't need to. Students are interested in talking to you about your career path, the daily realities of your job and what working life 'is really like'. Many students are unsure of what profession to pursue after university and are using eCareerCoach as an opportunity to hear and learn from professionals with real career experience. It is really just about telling them what you wish you had known when you were at university, and giving them tips and advice to help them get to where they want to be.
I am not currently based in Australia, can I still participate in eCareerCoach?
Yes, of course! Many students are interested in careers in other countries and your insights would be invaluable. You are able to specify your time zone within your profile and schedule your meetings accordingly. As the system is designed to have meetings take place online your geographic location should not be an issue.