What is Wayfinding?
If you would like some help with setting priorities and making the big decisions, a Wayfinding session is what you need.
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.
Wayfinding helps you harness your 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. (Yes, despite changes in higher education policy and how institutions are managed, you still have considerable autonomy.)
I recommend Wayfinding if you are:
- planning a sabbatical
- anticipating applying for promotion or a grant
- feel like you’re losing touch with the things that make this job meaningful for you
It can also be useful when you have too many projects on the go and need help prioritising, creating a publishing strategy, and putting your new plan into action.
To help you decide, some examples of what past clients 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 once you receive research funding so you can achieve your bigger vision.
- 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”.
My Wayfinding service can help academics find their way in their early careers, amongst changing employment practices or complex decision-making. Many clients use Wayfinding as an annual review service, to stay on top of things and track their progress over longer periods of their career.
What is included?
This service is more than a single coaching session. When you register, I will ask you some questions and to share publicly available information about your academic situation. Based on this (and our initial consultation), I compose questions for written reflection, a form of asynchronous coaching. Many clients find this part of the process valuable in and of itself. We then use your responses to those questions as the starting point for a 60-90 minute coaching session in which I help you explore key issues in more depth, identify the direction you’d like to be going in, and identify steps you can take in the short term.
Fee: £450 + applicable taxes*
This is a stand-alone service, although some clients use Wayfinding as a personal annual review. I can help you figure out how you want to respond to institutional demands without having an interest in you responding in any particular way.
I have the capacity for 1 Wayfinding client per month. In your free consult, we’ll discuss ideal timing and what’s possible.
When I have a spot for you, I will send you an invoice and a brief questionnaire to share information which will help me compose homework questions. I’ll need about a week to compose the questions, which will be shared as a Google Doc. You will then need some time to really reflect and write in response to those questions. Allow at least a week, given you also have other stuff going on. When you are ready for me to see what you’ve written, let me know. I’ll then need about a week, between that point and the coaching session, to read and ponder what you’ve said (in amongst all my other work) and prepare for the session.
If you are the kind of person who likes a deadline to help you prioritise and focus, you can book the coaching session, then use the week before that date as a deadline to ensure you do your written bit in a timely manner. Or, if deadlines make you feel pressured, you can book your appointment when you tell me that you’ve finished with the written part. Whatever works for you.
I will share the recording of our coaching session relatively soon after the session. I’ll also write up a summary and notes, usually within a week to help preserve key bits of information and advice you may wish to refer back to.
The expected timelines may be subject to change as we go along. I encourage clear communication if either party has to adjust the timelines for any reason.
If this sounds right for you…
I have limited capacity for Wayfinding clients. I am not currently accepting new registrations, but I do have a waiting list.
Please book a free consultation to figure out if this service is right for you and I can then get you on the list for the near future.