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A Time to Know about Myself

Registered Date February 04, 2020 Read 688
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Reflection on 2019 SELP Coaching

A Time to Know About Myself

by Hillela Pray Samuel James Vethamuthu


I thank God Almighty for this immense opportunity and my coach Dr. Stella Kim for being with me for the past six months. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Scranton Women’s Leadership Center (SWLC) and Ewha University for organising this programme.

One of the sessions was on time management and being organised,  as I suffered from great stress owing to my new job, giving rise to an entirely new lifestyle. My coach suggested that I list the various things I have to do and categorise them. I may not be able to say I have become perfectly organized. But, I know there is a profound difference in my time management skills and less stress involved. Being an inspiration to students is another topic we discussed. Being able to say ‘no’ , maintaining work-life balance and overcoming indecisiveness were some of the other topics.

The method followed is very effective. For each session, she made me decide on an expected goal and outcome in the beginning of the session as well. In this context, I have to mention the indispensable role played by the instructions given during SELP, when She asked various questions like ‘Why is that important to you?’ What will happen if you do not do this? ‘How will you feel if you achieve in doing this?’ and made me come up with the answers. This method is very relevant in this context as my coach and I belong to different nationalities and follow different cultures. Further facilitating me to come up with a solution rather than imposing a solution on me made me feel responsible for it. Every session ended with a measurable time-bound action plan, set by me. I have decided to follow the same method when students come to me to share their problems.

The special thing about one-to-one coaching in my opinion, is individual attention. Having someone to listen to the cares of the heart and confusions of the mind, in order to live an effective life made me feel truly privileged. SELP coaching helped clarify my clouded thoughts. Although I was talking to my coach, it felt more like a time of introspection to know more about myself. I understood that many of life’s problems can be solved by just sharing about it in an organised way, as the coach facilitates us to do so.

Genuine care and concern for the well-being of the candidates have been witnessed by me in Scranton Scholars Leadership Program 2018, Scranton-Ewha Leadership Program 2019 and particularly in the Coaching Program after SELP. You offer standard and quality opportunities for development, without extracting any money from us. Grateful to my coach and the organizing team for making these coaching sessions possible! Thank you once again!