The biggest contributor to stress is feeling out of control. The thing that distinguishes burnout from stress and fatigue is meaninglessness. This job will always involve hard work and juggling more things than would be ideal. And yet, despite changes in higher education policy and how institutions are managed, you have considerable autonomy.
Wayfinding helps you harness that autonomy to ensure that the things that make this career meaningful are a regular part of your workload. It gives you criteria you can use when making decisions so you have some control over your workload and assignments.
Wayfinding combines written reflection with a coaching conversation (by phone) to help you clarify your direction and then figure out what you can implement immediately to take your career in that direction. We’ll also work out what support is available and what would be helpful as you go forward.
Things people have used Wayfinding for:
- Refocusing their research programme when demands to collaborate with others had taken them away from their core interests.
- Developing a publication strategy to meet the requirements of regularising a fixed term contract.
- Applying for research funding.
- Keeping a research programme active despite failure to secure research funding.
- Adapting your practices to cope with securing research funding.
- Figuring out how to make best use of your sabbatical/research leave.
- Annual reflection and planning that clearly centres your personal goals.
- Anticipating retirement without “haunting the corridors”.
Wayfinding can be helpful at any stage of career. Most of my clients are mid-career but Wayfinding can help you get your career off to a good start, despite the structural constraints.
Wayfinding includes a Foundations membership of the Academic Writing Studio, giving you access to asynchronous resources on the member website, a member’s forum, monthly group coaching calls (Office Hours), and periodic Planning Your Semester classes. I also offer A Guide for the Journey, an individual coaching package that enables you to check in with me regularly by phone and/or email and includes full membership of the Academic Writing Studio (including A Meeting With Your Writing).
If this sounds interesting but you aren’t ready to book, sign up for the newsletter selecting “individual coaching”.