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“Not only did PhD coaching help me reduce my anxiety, it helped me find a flow that feels natural, easy, and automatic.“
How Do I Know If
I Need a PhD Coach?
What is PhD Coaching?
PhD coaching is a form of coaching specifically designed to provide support, advice, feedback, tools, and resources for PhD students to succeed in their degree programs and careers.
Why do PhD students need a coach?
PhD students are expected to work independently on long-term research projects on an unstructured schedule. However, advisors often cannot adequately support PhD students’ research activities and professional development. Without the proper skills to manage this lack of structure, many PhD students experience anxiety, poor work-life balance, depression, and burnout.
what's the difference between a phd coach and research advisor?
Research advisors provide guidance and subject matter expertise for your field of research. A PhD coach serves to support your research activities and professional development by helping you organize projects, prioritize tasks, and present confidently to target audiences.
is a phd coach like a therapist?
A PhD coach is not the same as a therapist and should not be treated as a medical professional or mental health professional. A PhD coach will listen and help you orient short-term tasks so you can reach long-term goals using productivity tools that don’t lead to burnout.
What if I'm not a current PhD student?
Whether you are a prospective student seeking advice, a current student in need of better time management and productivity, or a recently graduated PhD student seeking help transitioning out of academia, PhD coaching can add value to your career path.
How Do I Know if phd Coaching Is Right for Me?
If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed with your PhD journey, PhD coaching can help. As a coach, I provide support, guidance, and accountability to help you prioritize what’s most important to you.
I was anxious and overwhelmed about my workload as a PhD student. I’ve tried various iterations of scheduling and to-do lists but they weren’t working. Once I started PhD coaching with Dr. Duong, she immediately helped me make adjustments to create the optimal plan. I didn’t realize how much better I would feel having a work organization system that is actually a good fit for me. This made a huge impact on how overwhelmed I felt about work. Now I am so much better at making a realistic plan for my workday. Not only did PhD coaching help me reduce my anxiety, it helped me find a flow that feels natural, easy, and automatic. PhD coaching is 100% worth it!
About Dr. Kimberly Duong
Dr. Kimberly Duong completed her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine and successfully transitioned to industry. She wants to share lessons learned and help others succeed in their own PhD journey. Kimberly employs a tailored one-on-one approach, drawing on more than ten years of project management, leadership, and mentorship experience in academia, government, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. Her diverse background has led her to a variety of experiences, from wetlands field work in Melbourne, Australia to science policy at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. In addition to coaching, Kimberly also enjoys cooking and fitness.
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