Purpose coaching

Students who can align their interests and abilities with something bigger than themselves are more likely to be happy, excellent in their work, comfortable with uncertainty, and resilient in the face of disappointment. Purpose-oriented students are, simply put, more likely to thrive in complex, pressurized, and diverse environments—those like Duke. But purpose discernment is a skill—one best incubated in a supportive and structured way.

This spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is offering individualized purpose coaching for all Duke undergraduate and graduate students. Our goal is to help students determine how best to find meaningful life and work, now and in the future. Each student’s context, skills, hopes and dreams are different—and we anticipate that the process will be distinctive for each student with whom we work.

Beginning April 2nd, we will host at least three hours of one-on-one sessions each weekday. These will be akin to virtual office hours, in which you’ll drop into a meeting at your preferred time. If there’s no wait, you’ll be connected directly with a coach. You’ll begin the meeting in a “waiting room” if someone’s already in a session, and you’ll join for your own session once the office is free again.

Academic Year Purpose Coaching has concluded. Summer plans will be released soon.


For more information, contact Christian Ferney.