Building Students’ Emotional Resilience Through Placement Coaching and Mentoring

Authors: Renaud, V. and Eccles, S.

Editors: Morley, D.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

This chapter explores how the combined approach of coaching and mentoring supports HE students on work placements in building emotional resilience, with particular emphasis on the role of the Placement Development Advisor (PDA). Literature indicates that peer coaching amongst students can have a positive impact on their academic performance, what is less understood is the impact on work placement students coached by a PDA—a non-academic member of their university with a commitment to supporting students in their professional, cognitive, career and adult development. Using a case study example from a media faculty, the effectiveness of PDA coaching and mentoring in supporting students’ development of emotional resilience to become successful media professionals is explored. Implications for practice at institution and placement level are discussed.

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