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Welcome to the Future Ready
Coaching Academy

Learn how soft skills can help you flourish academically, personally, and professionally.

About Us

We are the Future Ready Coaching Academy (FRCA) based at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Our mission is to improve students' well-being and prepare them for the labor market through soft skills coaching. The FRCA is led by a group of volunteers and highly dedicated LUC students under

the guidance of Dr. Ayo, the founder of FRCA.

15 Essential Soft Skills for the 21st Century

The Future Ready Coaching Academy has developed three broad categories of soft skills that students need to thrive academically, personally, and professionally in the 21st-century — ‘social skills’, ‘emotional skills’ and ‘compound skills.’ These three broad categories of soft skills are split into 15 narrower, lower-order complementary skills. Find out more by taking our soft skills assessment test.

Our Core Soft Skills

Our Approaches


One-on-One Coaching

Personalized support, dedicated to individual students' needs.


Group Coaching

Students learn best when they are active, engaged, and work in groups. So, a lot of importance is placed on social connection, peer learning, and group activities.


Panel Discussion

With the growing “cancel culture” in higher education, we need to prepare our students on how to respectfully interact with people who hold opposing viewpoints. So, the panel discussion and debate sessions are student-led. 

Our Events

This Week's Events


One-on-One Coaching and Mentoring Sessions with Dr Ayo

Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00

at Leiden University College in The Hague

* This event is for only LUC Students*

Upcoming Events

Leadership Workshops: TBA

Description: Join our leadership workshops to improve your leadership skills, learn effective communication strategies, and develop strategies for problem-solving and decision-making. Open to all Leiden University students interested in honing their leadership abilities.


Career Development Seminars: TBA

Description: Attend our career development seminars to explore various career paths, refine your resume and cover letter writing skills, and gain insights into job search strategies and interview techniques. Designed for Leiden University students preparing to enter the workforce or seeking internship opportunities.

Team-building Activities: TBA

Participate in our team-building activities to foster collaboration, communication, and trust among team members. Engage in fun and interactive exercises designed to strengthen teamwork skills and enhance group dynamics. Open to Leiden University students from all faculties and disciplines.


Past Events

Panel Discussion: 

Students Mental Health and Well-being: Tips and Strategies

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 17:00 - 18:30

at Leiden University College in The Hague (LUC) – Main Auditorium

*make sure to sign up before 5pm May 2, 2023*


What Next After Graduation: International Development Career Options

Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 16:00 - 19:00 at Leiden University College in the Hague

* This event is open to all Leiden University Students*

Meet The Team of Future Ready Coaching Academy

The Future Ready Coaching Academy (FRCA) is led by a group of volunteers and highly dedicated LUC students under the guidance of Dr. Ayo, the founder and President of FRCA. Previous student members of FRCA include Clara Lindemann, who is now a graduate student at the Geneva Graduate Institute, as well as Bernardo Oliva Vieira and Sybren Enserink, both currently graduate students at the London School of Economics and Sciences Po in Paris, respectively.


If you are interested in joining the FRCA, please feel free to send an email to

Blog Posts & Commentaries



“Dr Ayo's soft skills coaching was instrumental in my achieving a fully-funded place in the Public Policy master at Oxford University. He was the first person to encourage me to apply. In other words, he helped me see a dream I had not known I had. He never even seemed to doubt that I could do it. His confidence in me was a source of courage and strength during the several-month-long and complex application process. Moreover, his concrete insights into stress management, effective and clear communication as well as self-awareness helped me improve my application."

Bålint Pataki

Leiden University College class of 2021 & current Master of Public Policy Student at the University of Oxford, UK

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