What will the course provide me?

This course draws together all of the major lessons that RCA research coaches have found to be important - both to their own careers and to the careers of the researchers who they have coached.

You can use these major lessons to “take stock” of your own research career and to decide on the next steps for strengthening your career.

For researchers who are taking up one of the RCA coaching options, the course allows you to prepare for your individual coaching sessions. With this option you will also receive a one hour 1:1 tailored coaching session from one of our experienced coaches.

About the course

This online course was developed using the materials and processes that we have successfully used for our face to face workshops in a range of institutions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. 

There are five parts to the workshop

  1. Explainer video – What is Research Coaching?

  2. Video - About Research Coaching

  3. Explainer video – RCA Research Career Framework

  4. Video - Your research career

  5. Course Forum allows you to post comments and questions. 


As part of the course you will receive access to our RCA Career Resources, including our comprehensive RCA Tip Sheet series that provides practical, easy to apply advice on topics such as: 

  • Writing a research plan, 

  • A strong research CV, 

  • How to sell your track record,

  • Balancing research work and life, 

  • Collaboration and Partnership, and, 

  • Promotion.

It also allows researchers to consider any questions that you may wish to post on the Course Forum.

As you proceed you may wish to note down any thoughts or any questions that you may wish to ask your coach privately, or that you may wish to post on the Course Forum.

What are the aims of the course?

By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how the research coaching process can be used by researchers to guide their research careers;

  • Explore research leadership issues and the main strategies that are used to build and strengthen research careers;

  • Explore how to balance and manage other demands while pursuing your research careers.

About Coaching

For those who are also taking up one of the RCA coaching options, the course allows researchers to prepare for their individual coaching sessions at a time that suits them and prior to their first coaching session. You will be asked to complete a short Questionnaire that, together with your CV will allow your coach to prepare for your coaching sessions.

The course also allows researchers to consider any questions that you may wish to post on the Course Forum or that you may wish to ask your coach privately.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome + Assessment Survey

    • Welcome to Your Research Career

    • Online Assessment Survey

    • Your Research Career Course Forum

  • 2

    Module 1

    • Module 1 - The RCA Toolkit

    • Module 1 - Course Notes

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Module 2 - Your Research Plan

    • Module 2 - Resources

    • Module 2 - Course Notes

  • 4

    Module 3

    • Module 3 - Your Research Track Record

    • Module 3 - Resources

    • Module 3 - Course Notes

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Module 4 - Your Publications

    • Module 4 - Resources

    • Module 4 - Course Notes

  • 6

    Module 5

    • Module 5 - Your Support

    • Module 5 - Resources

    • Module 5 - Course Notes

  • 7

    Module 6

    • Module 6 - Your Organisational Support

    • Module 6 - Resources

    • Module 6 - Course Notes

  • 8

    Module 7

    • Module 7 - Barriers and Career Strategies

    • Module 7 - Resources

    • Module 7 - Course Notes

  • 9

    Module 8

    • Module 8 - Feedback From Researchers

    • Module 8 - Course Notes

  • 10

    Module 9

    • Module 9 - About Research Coaching

    • Module 9 - Course Notes

  • 11

    1:1 Coaching

    • 1:1 Coaching Session Information

    • Book Your 1:1 Coaching Session Here

  • 12

    Thank You + Evaluation Survey

    • Thank You + Last Step

    • Online Evaluation Survey

Course Pricing

$600 plus GST

Includes access to: 

  • RCA Resources
  • Course Online Forum
  • Targeted advice in a one hour structured coaching session based on assessment of the results of the RCA questionnaire and your CV

About RCA 

Research Coaching Australia (RCA) was established in 2013 as a social enterprise comprising Emeritus Professors and other experts to support the research community and the next generation of researchers in Australia and the wider Asia / Pacific region.