When you meet with a coach, you are making the powerful decision to engage in a thought-provoking, co-creative process that will allow you to reflect, discover, explore, and build a plan for how to develop your professional identity and reach your life’s professional goals and aspirations.
However you interact—whether through a shorter drop-in session, a more in-depth scheduled coaching appointment with a Hub coach or peer coach, or a small group workshop with your peers—coaches help you design a strategy that bridges the gap between where you are now and where you ultimately want to be professionally. The Hub’s coaching services serve LSA students exclusively.
Some of the topics you might want to explore with a coach include:
- Identifying some of your strengths
- Figuring out your career interests
- LinkedIn best practices
- Résumé, cover letter, personal statement
- Internship or job preparation and search
- Navigating social and professional identities
- Funding options for internships
- Interview preparation
- Graduate and professional school
- Volunteer, research, and other hands-on experience
- Building relationships with LSA Alums
- Learning about campus resources
- + more
Note to recent LSA graduates: Our services, including coaching, are designed for currently enrolled LSA undergraduate students. If you are a recent LSA graduate, we are happy to recommend other university services and resources that are able to best serve your needs. Visit the Hub's Your Post-Grad Launch page for information about how to connect to both U-M and non-U-M career services that are accessible to you post-graduation. This page also includes helpful resources on launching into this next chapter of your life.
There are a couple of ways in which you can meet individually with a coach:
Drop-in Virtual Coaching
Drop-in coaching is a great opportunity to make meaningful progress toward your professional goals within a shorter period of time. It’s a great option, especially if you are a little pressed for time and are looking for support in real-time. For example, if you have a grad school, internship, or job application due in a week, drop-in coaching is ideal for situations like these.
Drop-in coaching sessions are 25 minutes, and are offered on Thursdays from 9:00-11:45 a.m. No scheduled appointment is necessary—you may meet with a different coach each time (don’t fret, they’re all great!). To allow for a safe yet productive coaching session, all Hub drop-in coaching will continue to happen virtually.
How it Works:
Step 1 — Before meeting, determine what you want to talk about with a coach. It can be as broad as, “I want to learn more about the internship search process”, or as specific as, “I’d like some help crafting a cover letter for an internship at JOURNi.”
Step 2 — Gather any materials you think might be useful for your session. Eager to work on your résumé? Have a digital copy of your résumé handy if you have an existing copy. Don’t have one created? That’s fine too. You can work together with your coach to start building one.
Step 3 — Meet with a Hub coach! You are the expert of your experience, so expect coaches to ask meaningful questions that allow your expertise to shine, and to make for a co-creative session.
Please click here to access our drop-in coaching services and complete the following steps:
- Click “Join queue” to be added to the waiting list.
- Once a coach is ready, a “join meeting” button will appear that you can go ahead and click on.
- A Zoom meeting will then launch and a member of our info services team will greet you and ask a few questions before connecting you directly with a coach.
Scheduled coaching appointments allow both you and your coach to delve deeper into the topic(s) you’ve prioritized for that session. The goal here is the same as it is for drop-in coaching: identify action steps and make progress toward your professional aspirations.
Scheduled coaching sessions are 45 minutes, and are offered Monday-Friday throughout the day with some early evening availability. You can request a specific coach, if you desire, but that is subject to their availability. You may choose to meet with your coach in-person or virtually.
There are two types of scheduled coaching appointments: Hub Coaching and Peer Coaching. Hub Coaches are professional staff members who can discuss any career-related topic with you. Peer coaches are undergraduate students who are trained to support you with only topics related to your résumé and/or cover letters.
You can book a one-on-one coaching appointment online (click here) through LSA Engage by completing the following steps:
- Select “Appointments” on the left hand side.
- Calendar view is the default, or you can use the dropdown menu on the right to switch to list view.
- If desired, filter by preferred coach and/or appointment type
- Appointment type allows you to select “Hub Coaching,” “Peer Coaching,” or both
- When you’ve identified an open appointment you want to book, click to select it, and then hit “Book Appointment.”
- Add your responses to a few questions, including your preferred appointment type, academics, appointment goals, and any accommodations you need.
- Click “Book Appointment.”
- Shortly afterwards, you should receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining your scheduled coaching session.
- We recommend that you add your Hub Appointment to your calendar either by selecting “Add to calendar” in the Google Calendar box at the top of your confirmation email or by selecting the calendar icon next to the date and time of your appointment in the appointment details pop-up within LSA Engage.
Once your request has been submitted, your appointment will show on your dashboard in LSA Engage. You will also receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining your scheduled coaching session.
How it Works:
Step 1 — Determine what you want to talk about with a coach. It can be as broad as, “I want to learn more about my strengths”, or as specific as, “I want to work on adding a strong headline to my LinkedIn profile.”
Step 2 — Gather any materials you think might be useful for your session. Want to work on your cover letter? Have a digital copy of your cover letter handy if you have one created. Don’t have one created? That’s fine too. You can work together with your coach to start building one.
Step 3 — Schedule your coaching session (See above for instructions).
Step 4 — Meet with a Hub coach or peer coach! You are the expert of your experience, so expect coaches to ask meaningful questions that allow your expertise to shine, and to make for a co-creative session.