Kia ora, I’m Carolyn Jenkins, the Graduate Wellbeing Coach (GWC) within the Graduate Research School. My role involves working alongside and supporting postgraduate students during their academic studies, with a specific focus on well-being and research productivity.
Some common reasons why postgraduate students may come along for coaching are lost motivation, procrastination, and feeling overwhelmed, managing the supervisory relationship, navigating University processes, to debrief, to help manage mental or physical health, to manage life stressors affecting study, to make plans or schedules, to set goals, or to develop a good routine.
I have qualifications in Coaching, Tertiary Teaching, and Physical Education. I have personal experience in navigating through postgraduate studies here at the University of Otago, so I look forward to working alongside you to help you figure out what steps and/or strategies might be helpful for you to get back on track with your academic research. I typically ask questions to identify what is important to you, so we can create an action plan going forward. I can also direct you to other services or resources that may be of benefit.
Our coaching sessions are confidential.
I offer in person (or zoom) 1:1 coaching sessions, free of charge, to any University of Otago postgraduate student. I will write notes and use the whiteboard to document relevant information during our coaching session. I save notes to a confidential file to remind me of our sessions if you return.
I work closely with Student Health, so it is helpful for me to know if you are accessing support from their Mental Health and Wellbeing Team. Having your consent to share information helps us to identify the best possible care and support for you. Please let me know if this is okay with you.
The only instances I will ever break confidentiality is if you indicate that you are at risk to yourself or others, and then it is my duty of care to do so. I will inform you if I intend to do so as I prefer to do so in a way that is agreeable to you.
My role also involves providing workshops on well-being and performance related topics. If you are interested, please check the personal development section of the Graduate Research School (GRS) online portal for workshops. I strongly encourage you to attend the workshops for Masters' or Doctoral candidates.
I am also available to offer advice and support to staff who work with postgraduate students. Staff are welcome to contact me if there are any concerns about a student’s mental health or wellbeing, or academic performance.
My office is G06, 103 St David Street at the Graduate Research School (the wooden house next to the St David footbridge). My work hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Note: Staff are welcome to book an appointment on behalf of students with their consent.
For further information or to refer a student, please contact me: