The Professional Training coaching scheme is a pilot project using the Surrey Business School that puts final-year students returning from their Professional Training Year in touch with second-year students seeking Professional Training opportunities, or preparing for Professional Training.

It’s a new joint initiative for 2017-18 being undertaken by the Student Life Mentoring team and the Employability and Careers Centre.

The pilot will run for six weeks between the beginning of February and the end of March 2018.

Our mission can be summarised by three key aims:

  • To support those who are seeking or about to embark on professional training
  • To encourage those returning from professional training to reflect on and share their experiences
  • To advocate professional training, engaging students who may not have otherwise considered it

Why do it?

Peer support is increasingly recognised as an important tool in helping students excel (Andrews & Clark 2011HEA 2014). Complementing the specialist support already provided by senior professional training tutors, the PTY administrator team and our careers advisers, PT coaches can be an accessible and supportive point of contact for second-year students. PT coaches can share their own experiences of the job-seeking process and adjusting to a professional setting for the first time. They will also act as advocates for Professional Training.

What are the benefits?

Benefits for students looking for Professional Training placements:

  • Support, advice and a friendly listening ear to help you through the job-seeking process and preparing for the world of work, or in some cases foreign study

Benefits for final-year students returning from placement:

  • Transition support back into university life
  • Continued personal and professional development
  • Opportunity to work towards formalised certificates and/or awards

Who are we looking for?

Any second-year Surrey Business School student seeking support as they embark on their Professional Training journey can become a PT coachee.

Final-year Surrey Business School students who wish to be a PT coach should be organised, flexible, strong communicators and have completed a Professional Training placement. You don’t need to have experience of coaching as we will provide you with training, but enthusiasm for helping others is essential!

Whilst we will do our best to facilitate everyone who applies, places are limited so please apply as soon as possible.

What exactly is involved?

Besides supporting one or multiple students, you will have other opportunities to get involved with the scheme and develop other professional skills:

Online forum: All participants in the scheme can participate in an online forum. The forum will be a space for anyone to ask questions and provide advice and support.

Advocacy: PT coaches will act as advocates for Professional Training in their department and beyond. If you’ve gained a lot from your Professional Training Year then help promote the opportunity to others!

How do I become a coach?

The first step is to email . Please state 'coach' in the subject header. This pilot project is open to all final-year Surrey Business School students who have completed a Professional Training placement. One of the team will then be in touch to seek further information if necessary, let you know if you have been successful, and to advise you of the next steps.

How do I become a coachee?

The first step is email  Please state 'coach' in the subject header and specify any particular business areas you are interested in. This pilot project is open to all second-year Surrey Business School students considering going on placement. Where required, one of the team may be in touch to seek further information, if necessary, and to advise you of the next steps.

Frequently asked questions

The time required for providing coaching support is something that you will negotiate with your coachee(s). As a guideline we would expect a PT coach to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month (which is also the requisite amount to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award). If a coach can commit more time than this then we may assign multiple coaches to them.


A launch party and training session run during the week commencing  tbc for both coaches and coachees. The training will cover the scope of the role, how to begin, maintain and end a positive coach relationship, setting boundaries on the relationship and key services and points of information that you may refer your coachee to.


The matching process will take place after the closing date for applications (tbc) and will be completed by tbc. Unfortunately it is not always possible to make immediate matches as we cannot guarantee availability of appropriate coaches/coachees but will endeavour to keep you informed as things progress.

You will be contacted by email with details of your coach/coachee when matched.

We would ask you to make contact with your coach/coachee and arrange to have your initial meeting within two weeks of being matched. 

The PT coach positions are not paid, but you can use this time volunteering towards obtaining a Duke of Edinburgh award. You will also obtain much valuable experience which is desirable to potential employers.

It is normal that sometimes coaches and coachees just don’t get on, and as part of the initial meeting you will discuss that it is okay for either of you to end the partnership if necessary. If this does happen it is important to reflect on the reasons why this has happened and learn from this for the future.

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