Getting Started Mentoring Package


  • Welcome Packet (with forms to complete before mentoring begins)

  • 6 Live Sessions via Skype (40 minutes duration) typically occurring over a period of 3 months

  • Pre-Session Prep Tool to help you prepare and make the most of our time together

  • Post-Session Accountability to deepen the learning and create new habits 

  • Recording of Sessions (optional) to access the learning as often as you like

  • Access to me in between sessions for 'Just in Time!' coaching

  • Private Client Portal to keep your organised so you can retrieve what you need when you need it to get better results faster

  • Additional Resources to strengthen the transformation and results you experience

  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee to remove any risk and give you extra peace of mind




Why Mentoring?

Whether you are a prospective PhD student, an Early Career Researcher, or a more experienced Academic, there will always be situations where you wish you had someone to talk to and to support you in a discreet and non-judgemental way.


While it is true that your supervisor(s) or a more experienced colleague may be available to help, sometimes you feel reluctant to reach out to them.


And for good reasons.


What if you have some conflict with your supervisor? What if you feel embarrassed to admit that you need support? What if you worry about confidentiality issues and you wish you had someone else to talk to rather than one of your immediate colleagues?


This is where a capable and trusting mentor can help.


Why Me?

As a full-time academic I am well aware of all the challenges you experience in academia. And having gone through many steps myself, from being a PhD, to becoming a research fellow, and then a lecturer and then a professor, I am very familiar with the many demands you face along the way and the different skills you are expected to acquire and master at each stage.


Also, as a female academic in a male-dominated environment, I'm also familiar with the additional hurdles you may face if you are a woman: ceiling barriers, unconscious bias, impostor syndrome, just to name a few.


I'm also aware of the extra challenges that you encounter as you work and live in a foreign country because this is what I have been doing for the last 15 years.


Having had a first-hand experience of many of the struggles you may be facing at present, I feel able to put myself in you shoes and help you with whatever situation you are facing (have a look here for a list of issues I could support you with).


I am also a discreet and non-judgemental individual so you can trust that any issues you'll share with me will be approached with compassion and care.  


What Benefit Can You Expect From Mentoring?

My role as your mentor is to provide a sounding board for you, with total confidentiality and without any hidden agenda other than supporting you in your career development.


The greatest benefit you can expect from mentoring rests in the knowledge that you can exploit my own experience and expertise to help you achieve your goals effectively and with total confidence.


My "Participate or Get Your Money Back Guarantee"

I want you to join in the mentoring experience. You have been wanting this transformation and I do not want to delay you any longer. And in order for you to feel comfortable with your decision, I am going to take away any financial risk you may perceive.


If, after participating fully, you do not agree that the process of coaching is worth every penny of the price you paid, just let me know any time within the first 30 days of your coaching experience and I will promptly make arrangements to refund you for the entire amount you have paid to date.


This program is about you taking positive action to experience transformation. If you participate fully, you show up for the sessions we schedule, you do the work, you'll get the kind of results outlines. If you do not show up for the calls or follow through on the commitments we've made together, the only guarantee I can make is that it will not work for you! 


Have you got any question? 

If you think that mentoring might be good for you but you are still undecided, book a 30-min FREE Consultation Session. I'll be happy to talk to you in person and answer any question you may have.




Don't Take My Word For It...


"When I spotted the job advert at the Music Department I thought to myself that was the dream job I had been waiting for!

Yet, I had no clue how to prepare an application. As an artist I had no understanding of how academia works from the inside. Then, I stumbled upon a blog post on Academic Life about personal statements and standing out in job applications.

So I decided to take advantage of a 30 min FREE Consultation Session with Marialuisa: I certainly wasn't getting anywhere on my own. 

This was definitely one of the best decisions I've made in my life

I enrolled on a 3-month mentoring program and Marialuisa guided me through the process of writing all the application materials; these included a Research statement, a Teaching statement, a Cover Letter and an in-depth revision of my CV.

I absolutely loved the work process and looked forward to the sessions with Marialuisa.

Preparing for this application, though, has helped me beyond that specific task by also clarifying for myself exactly what I have to offer to my field and has given me inspiration for future work directions, regardless what happens with the specific application.

I now have a deeper sense of understanding about how I work in general, more patience for myself with uncomfortably new tasks, more confidence that I am actually qualified for the things I want to do.

A wonderful experience overall!"


Shanna Gutierrez, Flutist (US) 

Shortlisted for Academic Lectureship 

(photo credit: Aleks Karjaka)