Student and Postdoctoral Career Coaching

We are pleased to offer career coaching to UoB postdoctoral researchers, PhD, masters and final year undergraduate students interested in the advanced therapies sector and considering their career options. This is open to anyone working or studying in the life sciences or biomedical engineering field.

About the Coaching

One-to-one career coaching is extremely valuable for students and postdoctoral researchers thinking about their next steps. The flexible approach will allow you to explore your needs and thoughts relating to your career trajectory and how you can achieve your aims.

The coaching begins with an introductory meeting and the completion of a personality profile, which helps the coach and participant to explore elements of their character that can be utilised in different roles. Subsequent sessions build on this in terms of discussing career options until by the end of the third session you have an action plan to continue the thinking and move forwards with your choices.

Coaching takes place over video calls and allow you time between session to digest what has been discussed and have time for further thinking.

Structure of the Coaching Sessions

  • Session 1: 1 hour Zoom- Introducing the profiling and the context of personality within career choices (max group size 12)
  • Session 2: 1 hour Zoom- Clarifying and understanding your unique contribution in the sector and the role you want to play, expanding your network (3 date options, max group size 4)
  • Session 3: Optional 1:1 follow up with talent coach Tony Bradshaw, Managing Director of Biosocius Ltd, developing a plan of action to secure your next role

What will I gain from these sessions?

You will be able to set time aside to focus on your career development at a crucial stage of your studies/postdoc when change is on the horizon, developing a clear plan for your next steps and how you can prosper in the industry/academic landscapes, if this is your chosen route. You may gain ideas of who to go to for further advice, insight or support and consequently expand your network to support your trajectory. Additionally, through the profile, you will develop self-awareness and a further understanding of your unique contribution to your current and potential future community in which you operate.

Meet the Coach

Tony Bradshaw - Managing Director, Biosocius (

“I specialise in coaching people early in their career, with an interest in life sciences and the impact can be fast and tangible. Some may feel that they are stuck in their organisational bubble and want an impartial perspective on their opportunities both within and outside their organisation. I believe everyone is unique and talented, and my approach helps define and channel someone’s technical skills, experience and personality to realise their ambition. Through the coaching session, you will be able to understand your best contribution within an organisation and a sector and find the best route to take the next step from your postdoctoral position.”

Course Dates and How to Apply

The coaching is fully funded, so no contribution is required from you, but we ask all participants to complete an evaluation afterwards to help us in our continuing evaluation of the programme.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your career plan whether you are a final year BSc, MSc, PhD or engaged in Postdoctoral research. If you want to start to address these questions, then we look forward to your application – please send a couple of sentences to explain why you think you will benefit. Places will be first come first serve and are limited to 12 for each cohort (postdoc and student). Please note this course is currently only being offered to University of Birmingham staff and students.

For Postdocs:

  • Session 1: Jan 18th, 12pm (1 hour Zoom - max group size 12)
  • Session 2: Feb 7th/8th/9th, 12pm (1 hour Zoom - max group size 4, you only need to attend one of these sessions)

Please send your interest to Amanda Dalby ( by December 16th 2022.

For Students:

  • Session 1: Jan 25th, 12pm (1 hour Zoom - max group size 12)
  • Session 2: Feb 14th/15th/16th, 12pm (1 hour Zoom - max group size 4, you only need to attend one of these sessions)

Please send your interest to Amanda Dalby ( by January 10th 2023 and indicate your programme year of study. 


“Many thanks for your help and coaching. The transition from academia to the private sector can be "scary" - especially after 12 years - but you helped me gaining confidence to embrace new challenges with enthusiasm”.

“Help and feedback have been tailored to my personal experiences/motivation/career aims. Tony helped me defining the next steps to take and provided very helpful advice/suggestions/contacts. Highly recommended!”

“I had my first session with Tony this morning and I really enjoyed it. It’s been incredibly useful and after just one session I feel motivated and positive (rather than terrified) about the future. Thanks for arranging these coaching sessions!”