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“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” - Mark Twain

The coaching programme of EBS Universität

The programme has two essential perspectives: on the one hand the students of EBS Universität - in other words, the coachees, who have particular requirements and take advantage of coaching, as well as the training aspect for the coaches.

Prof. Dr Backhausen: he was instrumental in designing the concept of the EBS Coaching Programme.

“We have developed this programme because coaching is one of the most effective and innovative instruments in personal development, particularly for executives. With this, the students are able not only to learn about this instrument at an early stage of their course but, at the same time, to see for themselves how valuable it can be.”

The coaches are all experienced executives who have participated in the standard training as “Systemic Coach (EBS)”, and are thus familiarised with the philosophy of EBS Universität. In most cases, they have an international background. This impressive spectrum ranges from investment bankers to management consultants, actors and opera singers.

Each EBS student - whether on a bachelor or a master course, foreign exchange or doctoral student - can benefit from personal coaching, which includes up to four sessions per semester. This involves an intensive and open dialogue between coachee and coach.

These coaching sessions, a facultative option, are intended to help the students to further develop their personalities. The coaching course is part of the academic education and is unique in the field of German higher education, and is not offered at any other university in German-speaking countries.

The programme is based on the realisation that the so-called “soft skills”, that is social and personal competence, together with intellectual abilities, are becoming increasingly important for study courses and pose challenges for future work activities.

Raising your awareness

The EBS Coaching Programme raises students’ awareness of issues critical to both their private and professional lives and supports their personal development. Coachees use the coaching sessions to discuss the following topics with their coach:

  • Self-reflection
    e.g.: What are my strengths and weaknesses?

  • Career planning and clarification of goals
    e.g.: How can I achieve my goals?

  • Performance
    e.g.: How do I cope with stress and high performance?

  • Change management
    e.g.: How do I deal with changes and challenges?

  • Discussion the POAV documents
    These are the interview comments every student goes through for admission to EBS Universität

Your benefit

You profit from coaching by learning to:

  • reflect on your own strengths, weaknesses, typical thought and behavioural patterns, attitudes and values
  • develop new perspectives and possible actions
  • improve self-organisation and time management
  • deal with stress and time pressure
  • handle exam nerves, blockages, motivation issues
  • determine your own position: where am I now - where do I want to go?
  • clarify objectives and develop strategies to achieve goals
  • develop a realistic perception of possible career paths

Online Coaching

In this very special time, when we have to deal with absolutely unplannable and unpredictable issues, we are all facing new challenges that must be overcome. First of all, reflecting on oneself and one’s own thoughts and fears, often centred around the threat to our very existence. But also reflecting on interpersonal relationships and reorganising oneself after the crisis are topics that will occupy us more than ever in the coming months.

We, as a university, are very happy to help you in any way we can and have selected a number of professional and experienced coaches who can hold coaching sessions with you free of charge! For the time being, we no longer offer coaching sessions at our locations in Wiesbaden and Oestrich-Winkel.

Please get in touch with us if we can arrange such a meeting for you!


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