Coaching Blog

Google yourself!

30th June 2013
I have been doing a lot of work in the last couple of years with early career researchers. Of the 40+ researchers that I have worked with in the last six months, I would say that about 1 in 10 was using the affordances provided by online technology effectively; that is, to promote their academic profile, to connect with other academic and industry researchers and to…
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“No, I’m not the networking type.”

4th May 2013
The idea of networking is not something that turns most of us on. And for some people, the idea of going somewhere to speak to people they don't know is something to avoid at all cost. After all, you are "not the networking type", am I right? So why do people do it? And how can it help your career? The Networking podcast lasts 8 minutes. Earlier in the…
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What motivates me?

25th March 2013
I love seeing people change and develop. I enjoy helping people get more out of their working life.
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Why do we think other people know what they are talking about?

1st February 2013
"The only way out of most situations is forwards." In this video, Why do we think other people are right?, Alain de Botton discusses the pressure to conform and our tendency to accept that people in authority are probably right. Find out why Socrates would think focus groups are a waste of time! And how the only way out of most situations is forwards. I can't help…
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How do I coach you?

9th January 2013
We are much more capable of doing new things than we imagine. Our converstions help you to grow in confidence and energy.
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Who Benefits from Career Coaching?

11th December 2012
Not only senior executives benefit from having a career coach. This is about moving towards a future you want.
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Social media at a live event

10th July 2012
A look at the social media research being undertaken at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference in Southampton.
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NatureJobs interviews Madeline about career networking

6th May 2012
Madeline Paterson from Symmetry Coaching talks about networking – a vital aspect of your job search and career. The podcast includes tips on networking for introverts and online networking.
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Presentations these days…

13th September 2011
It used to be easy preparing a presentation. You, and everyone else, expected a bunch of PowerPoint slides and a list of bullet points. At least that was how it was when I worked in a large IT business, giving marketing presentations and presentations to senior managers. It's pretty different now. I used to simply think about what I wanted to say, pretty much in isolation…
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Are former public sector workers equipped for change?

1st July 2011
Newsnight's recent programme on top tips for finding a new job gave some practical advice to individuals looking for work in the private sector after a public sector career... don't delay tailor your efforts be flexible get talking attitude matters more than age rise to the challenge. Watch the "Often the best things come out of really difficult times. That idea you've been considering, that change of…
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University of Southampton

Coaching, teaching and employability projects to develop researchers, staff and students


Writing national guidelines to help staff manage internships and placements

St. George’s Hospital

Working on career development strategies with early career researchers

National Oceanography Centre

1-1 career coaching to develop awareness of careers outside academia

Elsevier Publishing

Working on the future of publishing with European Marketing Directors


Designing and producing online and video based learning for IBM (UK) Sales

Oxford Brookes University

Team coaching and 1-1 coaching for education professionals

Open University

Leading teams of writers and media developers to design and deliver flexible distance learning

CGI | Admiral plc | Logica plc

Working with clients to train their staff online and as Admiral’s Corporate Marketing Manager

Isle of Wight Council

Coaching and support for staff affected by change and redundancy

University College London

Designing online learning for university professionals

Land Registry

Writing and sub-editing online versions of the Land Registry Annual Report

University College of Estate Management

Working with subject specialists to produce online learning on construction and property law

Royal Agricultural University
Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities