Why coaching

Why coaching?

What are your plans for after your PhD trajectory? Where do you see yourself in five years? And how do you get there? Do you suffer from choice stress? Or would you like to talk about your future and discuss all the possibilities? Our coaches challenge you to get the best out of yourself. 

Many professionals have positive experiences with a professional coach as support for their personal development and balance. Sometimes there are limiting beliefs that hold you back in your development, without you knowing it. Research shows that coaching allows for professional and personal growth, results in less stress and burnout complaints and a healthy work-life balance. In the hustle and bustle of your PhD program, there is often limited time and space for self-reflection. Through coaching you will learn to be stronger and more aware of your role. It provides insight into your own potential, so you know where your strengths lie and how you can use them. 

What is coaching? 

Coaching is a form of individual guidance in a confidential environment between you and your coach. Coaching is independent; this means that the coach is not employed by Erasmus MC and sessions preferably take place outside the working place. The focus is on personal growth by exploring possibilities, becoming aware of talents and removing possible barriers. Think about breaking patterns and removing unconscious blockages, so you can make the right choices for your future. 


We have noticed that for PhD candidates there is a need for support in professional development, career choice and optimal performance. Therefore, Erasmus MC Graduate School and the MATCH team worked together to develop a program for PhD candidates. 

MATCH is a professional coaching program with independent, professionally trained coaches, in which the focus is on you as an individual and it is a nice addition to your training. So, this involves a different style of coaching than you might be used to during your PhD trajectory. You can choose an independent coach to help you with your personal growth. The program is free of charge, results-oriented and places the emphasis on taking control and using your talents effectively. This way you get the most out of your training and yourself.