“I am passionate about supporting, mentoring, and empowering students – like you – through your university journey and life after graduation. So, I am here for YOU!”
- Dr. Ayokunu Adedokun
Why Soft Skills Matter?
Soft skills are essential for students (and professionals) in many ways. Multiple lines of research persuasively show that soft skills are important predictors of academic success, career advancement, and positive mental health and well-being. According to joint research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center, on average a whopping 85% of job success comes from soft skills and just 15% from technical skills. Yet, there is no consensus about what soft skills are, what soft skills are essential to be future-ready, how to assess or measure them, or how best to teach them. Hence, the Future-Ready Coaching Academy has arrived to fill this gap.
One-on-One Coaching and Mentoring Sessions
The one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions are personalized support, dedicated to individual students' needs. Here, Dr. Ayo creates a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where students can spend quality time thinking about their academic, personal, and professional goals as well as the results of their soft skills assessment test. Dr. Ayo will help you explore where you are now, discover where you want to go and identify strategies to get there. This takes place every Wednesday.
Group Coaching and Interactive Workshops
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. We use blended and interactive learning methods with discussions, role plays, game activities, edutainment, and skill application, to create a learning environment where students are comfortable to explore, challenge and ask questions. The group coaching and interactive workshops are titled “Well-being Wednesdays”. The Well-being Wednesdays Group Coaching will take place every other Wednesday beginning from Block 4.
Panel Discussion and Debate Sessions
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. The purpose of our panel discussion sessions is to help students to develop vital soft skills, such as effective communication, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, self-awareness, open-mindedness, etc. The panellists are typically 3-4 students who share their knowledge and experiences about assigned soft skill topics and provide insights to create real value and takeaways for the audience. The panel discussion and debate sessions are facilitated by one of the core team members of the Future-Ready Coaching Academy. This takes place every other Wednesday beginning from Block 3.
Our Coaching Principles and Methods
The Future-Ready Coaching Academy uses a coaching methodology based around the following principles:
Neuroscience-based – taking a brain-friendly approach to coaching and mentoring.
Process-focused – using a clear and well-structured process.
Outcome-driven – focusing on setting and achieving objectives.
Coachee-centered – putting the coachee in the driver's seat.
One size doesn’t fit all – maintaining the perspective that each individual is unique.
Meet The Team of Future Ready Coaching Academy
Dr. Ayokunu Adedokun
Dr. Ayo is the Founder and President of the Future Ready Coaching Academy. He is an award-winning educator, certified career coach, peacebuilder, and researcher. He is currently the Chair of the Programme Council and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and International Development at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Dr. Ayo hobbies include mentoring and coaching, meeting new people, travelling, sports, cooking, dancing as well as listening to music.
Clara works as a Research Assistant to Dr. Ayo and she is the Future Ready Coaching Academy’s Project Coordinator. Next to this, she is a final-year Governance, Economics, and Development (GED) student at Leiden University College in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her hobbies include volunteering and community involvement, travelling, meeting new people, and journaling.
Bernardo Oliva Vieira
Bernardo is the Head of Programme and Events at the Future Ready Coaching Academy. He is a final-year Governance, Economics, and Development (GED) student at Leiden University College in The Hague, the Netherlands. Bernardo hobbies include creative writing, community involvement, traveling, sports, and networking.
Jasmijn Al Kenany
Jasmijn is the Head of Communications at the Future Ready Coaching Academy. She is a third-year student at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, majoring in Global Public Health (GPH). Her hobbies include baking, playing an instrument, content creation and photography.
Sybren works as Head of the Editorial Team at the Future Ready Coaching Academy. He is a third-year student at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, majoring in World Politics (WP). He is passionate about travelling, meeting new people, and going to the gym.
Eduarda (‘Duda’) Regufe
Duda serves as Associate Editor (Editorial Team) at the Future-Ready Coaching Academy. She is a second-year student at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, majoring in Governance, Economics and Development (GED). Her hobbies include creative writing, content creation, baking, learning a new language and meeting new people.
Victoria (Vicky) Araujo Silva
Vicky is the Communications & Events Officer at the Future-Ready Coaching Academy. She is a second-year student at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, majoring in International Justice (IJ). Her hobbies include creative writing, content creation, cooking and baking, learning new languages and meeting new people.
Hugo Ardura Muñoz
Hugo is the Programme and Events Officer at the Future-Ready Coaching Academy. He is a second-year Governance, Economics, and Development (GED) student at Leiden University College in The Hague, the Netherlands. Hugo hobbies include swimming, painting, learning a new language and meeting new people.
Micah works as Communications Officer at the Future Ready Coaching Academy. He is a first-year student at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague. Micah enjoys volunteering, participating in sports, journaling, and networking.