About the Coffee & Coach programme

After a successful pilot in London in 2020, Coffee & Coach is now open to alumni worldwide. The online programme offers free coaching-style sessions to early-career alumni who are seeking career related support. We are offering this as part of the recent graduates’ programme and aim to support those who may not otherwise have access to career coaching opportunities.

What does the programme involve?

Recent graduates (coachees) will be paired with a more experienced alumnus (coach) over a period of five months from July to November 2021.  

The coach and coachee are expected to schedule five one-hour sessions during this period and focus on one of the following coaching themes: 

  • Career transitions 
  • Confidence, influence and impact in the workplace 
  • Leadership and management 

What to expect from Coffee & Coach

Coaching uses a combination of observation, questioning, listening and feedback to create a conversation that is rich in insight and learning and will allow you to develop greater self-awareness and feel empowered to take action. 

Alumni coaches:

  • Be experienced alumni who can draw from their personal and professional experience to help recent graduates with their career development.
  • Will bring impartiality to the conversation.
  • May, or may not, have technical expertise in your field.
  • Will aim to help address specific career-related challenges.
  • Will aim to support you in generating your own solutions and taking responsibility for actions, rather than giving advice.
  • Will aim to bring a range of approaches, tools and interventions to the conversation. 


  • Must have graduated from Imperial within the last ten years and have at least three years' working experience.
  • Will be motivated and committed to the coaching process.
  • Will have an idea of the career-related challenge they want to focus on.
  • Will contribute to conversations openly and honestly.
  • Will be open-minded.
  • Will challenge themselves, set goals and take action.

Applications for the 2021 programme have now closed. If you would be interested in taking part in the 2022 of Coffee & Coach, please complete this short form and we will be in touch when registration opens for the next cohort.