Career Coaching Opportunity: Appointments available to book

Several staff members on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program in 2019/20.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in 30-minute career coaching conversations.  These mutually beneficial one-to-one coaching conversations, exclusive to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, offer you a safe and confidential space to explore a concern or challenge you are experiencing and to work with you towards defining actionable goals for yourself, all while helping us enhance our coaching skills.  

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Coach availability, bios:
Danielle Barkley

  • Meetings available by request
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Jacqui Brinkman

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Letitia Henville

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Danielle Barkley completed her PhD in English at McGill University in 2014, and taught for several years as a sessional faculty member before moving in to a student services role. She now primarily supports Masters and PhD students across a broad range of disciplines. Her coaching training was developed in collaboration with UBC’s Extended Learning program and is drawn from the International Coaching Federation’s coaching approach.  Some common topics which might bring someone to coaching are developing and articulating a career plan, building constructive professional relationships, creating work life balance, or improving time management.

Jacqui Brinkman completed her BSc (Biology) at UVic and her MSc (Biology) at McGill. Having been at UBC for 16 years, she is currently the Director of Graduate Student Professional Development in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies where her work focuses on improving the graduate student experience through various professional development and orientation programs as well as the Three Minute Thesis competition.  Her past experience at UBC includes managing postdoctoral and undergraduate student educational programs within the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She also worked as a lab-based researcher both within academia and the biotechnology industry.  Topics to explore in coaching with Jacqui include thriving in graduate school or in your post-graduation career, whether within the academy or beyond.

Dr. Letitia Henville (Toronto, 2015) is a career educator with the UBC Arts Co-op Office, where she supports English and History PhD students to find jobs in fields that they care about. She’s an award-winning instructor and editor, and has worked as a research grant facilitator in the health sciences at UBC and in the VP Research Office at SFU. Letitia is especially interested in chatting with students who want to work in fields other than academia, whether or not you have a particular career direction in mind.