Benefits and Impacts of Coaching

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"Success in university is not only about getting good grades. It's also about being confident in your interactions with others, about approaching exams like challenges and opportunities to grow, and about being open to helping others and also receiving help to be our best selves. Coaching helped me to be a better student this year, as well as a better version of myself."   Jaime Curras

"Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. And, the list does not end there. Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals."  ICF - the International Coaching Federation.

"As students, we may feel sometimes stuck and without impetus to continue our journey. I was in this situation when I met Sharon Kelly. Sharon, as part of the coaching services at VIU, helped me through dialog to find some of my strengths. We discover that trust is an essential element to improve our lives; not only trust in others, but also trust in ourselves. My few conversations with her, made me realize my potential. Even though I am still on my path to set up new goals, I realized in conversation with her that confidence can be built up by doing and that is helping me to move forward. For that reason, if you feel stuck at any period of your life, please ask for help, you may find that a coach can open a new doors of possibilities for you."  Rocio Rangel

"Sharon is a gifted coach. She effectively asks the right questions that help you to realize the things you have been telling yourself that are holding you back. She gently helped me me refocus so that I could overcome obstacles, find renewed strength and achieve my goals in a way I never thought imaginable.”  Kristen E.D.

Gain experience and develop graduate attributes that you can record on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Check out the Student Guide below to see how to add positions to your CCR.  The position name is Success Coaching and it is in the Student Affairs department. 

Coaching impacts thoughts, beliefs and actions. Here are the kinds of things students say Success Coaching has been helpful with:

  1. Identifying and clarifying goals
  2. Identifying and owning my strengths
  3. Renewing energy and building resilience
  4. Overcoming blocks and obstacles to achieving full potential
  5. Figuring out factors that contribute to my success
  6. Realizing things I tell myself that hold me back from pursuing my goals
  7. Becoming proactive; taking charge of myself and getting things done
  8. Shifting self-limiting beliefs and self-talk
  9. Being more positive and confident; moving out of my comfort zones
  10. Tackling difficulties without compromising or avoiding
  11. Adjusting or finding useful study strategies
  12. Creating strategies and actions for changing habits and achieving goals.
  13. Strengthening confidence & improving communication skills
  14. Organizing self and creating strategies to stay on track
  15. Balance and taking care of self