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Career development for young support staff

* Personal development * Career advice * Knowledge and training * Work-life-balance * Flexible working week * Sabbatical Leave *

You are responsible for your own career, but the University can help you with this. What does the UG have to offer? Here, you will find our suggestions for young UG professionals who want to focus on their career and personal development.

You can make use of these benefits, as everyone has, for example, access to training budget, but sometimes you have to pro-actively ask your superior about it.

Please also ask HR experts of your HR advisor about these suggestions and/or your rights in using them.

Want to individually focus on your personal development or career?

Take a look at the Talent Portal of the UG. In the Talent Portal, you can find tips and advice on questions such as:

Is my present job still the right one for me? Are there opportunities for furthering my personal and career development at the University of Groningen (UG)? How can I boost my motivation?

The tools on the Talent Portal webpage will help you to identify the driving factors behind your approach to work (what do I want?) and your competences (what am I good at?). It will also highlight the available options at the UG and elsewhere for improving and developing your skills.

Note that YoungRUG also organizes an annual mentor programme, together with HR, where you can get a mentor (or become a mentor yourself) who will coach you for approximately half a year. A mentor is a senior colleague, who shares his/her experiences with you about a variety of work topics, tailored to your specific needs.

Take a look at the upcoming events or recent events to see when the next mentor programma event(s) will take place & for more information!

Looking for a course or training programme?

Corporate Academy is the UG's new course and training platform for all members of staff and PhD students.

The UG wants its staff to continue to develop their skills. This is a key theme of the strategic plan. The assumption here is that you take responsibility for your own professional development and career. Find out about all the courses, possibilities and providers within the UG at the Corporate Academy website.

What does the UG offer on a continuous basis in career and development?

Ask your manager or supervisor about these UG services, or ask your HR advisor for more information.

Benefits at the University of Groningen:

Results & Development Interview (article 6.6 cao NU)

At least once a year, have an result & development interview (R&O gesprek) with your immediate line manager. If your line manager does not inititate the interview, you can schedule it yourself. In the interview, next to your performance, attention is also paid to the following points:

  • Well-being (both physical as mental health aspects)
  • Employability (both knowledge and skills) mirrored to future needs, the planned career and personal development, and the additional necessary training.
  • Motivation
  • Draft a personal development plan with multiannual career development goals and agreements.

For more information, you can consult article 6.6 in the Collective Labour Agreement (

Training and development

Development days

Every employee is entitled to 2 development days per year. You can use these days to enhance your employability. These days are not considered as leave. Agreements on how to use your development days can be laid down in your portfolio. For more information, you can consult article 6.9 in the Collective Labour Agreement (

Training regulations

The University of Groningen sets great store by training programmes to ensure continued performance in your current position or in preparation for a next step in your career. All University staff are entitled to training. They can submit proposals themselves and, in addition, the manager or the organization can also offer its employees training programmes, for example if needed in order to perform the job properly. Such training programmes can be made compulsory.

There are two types of training:

  • For the benefit of the current position or a new position that the employee will take up in the future. The costs of such training are fully reimbursed by the employer and the training can be followed during working hours.
  • In preparation for a new position that fits in with the employee’s career prospects if agreements have been made to this effect. Half of the costs of such training must be paid by the employee him or herself. The Faculty Board or management will decide how many working hours the employee may spend on such training. A maximum of one day a week is generally granted.

Travel and accommodation costs will be fully reimbursed by the University of Groningen for both types of training.

If you have any questions, please contact the HR-Experts training advisors: Silvia Huisman (s.huisman or Ruth van de Walle (r.k.van.der.walle, or send an email to hr-experts

Training courses and education

It is important to the University of Groningen that staff members have the possibility to develop themselves. To this end, the University offers a wide range of courses that staff members can take.

On the website of the Corporate Academy, you can find a course that fits your needs. HR-Experts, CIT and the Language Centre offer a wide range of courses. You can find more detailed descriptions about courses, for example in Leadership, Functional Effectively, Career Development, language and writing proficiency and computerskills.

Career training and development

Perhaps you are considering moving your career in a different direction. Or perhaps you are ready to take the next step on your current career path. The University of Groningen can help you in various ways. They can organize an individual path, as well as courses offered by various internal and external parties. If you are interested in one of their products, please discuss it with your manager first.

Talent Travel

Talent Travel offers you the unique possibility to keep developing by e.g. following workshops/training or by gaining work experience at a different location. Employees of the UG are able to gain work experience during a short period (e.g. 6 months) in a different job position and/or at a different location in- or outside UG (Talents on Tour).

Sabbatical Leave (article 4.16a cao NU)

Sabbatical leave is a type of extraordinary leave. It usually concerns a longer period of leave, during which you pay general or specific attention to your employability (career development).

When sabbatical leave is granted, you and your employer will at least make agreements about how the leave will be spent, how long it will last, whether or not your salary will continue to be paid, pension premiums and whether you will use vacation hours you have saved for part of the leave period. For more information, you can consult article 4.16a in the Collective Labour Agreement ( .

Flexible working week (article 5.6 and attachment G cao NU)

The standard working hours for a full-time employment contract are 38. A full-time appointment (100%) thus formally means a working week of 38 hours. A full working day (usually 8.5 hours including a break) must include a lunch or other break of at least half an hour.

Within the framework of the Terms of Employment Options Model , you can choose to have a 36 or 40-hour working week. If you choose a 40-hour working week, thus work for 2 hours more a week, you are entitled to 96 extra vacation hours. If you choose a 36-hour working week, thus work for 2 hours less than the standard working hours, your annual entitlement to vacation hours will be reduced by 96 hours. This applies to part-timers on a pro rata basis.


BALANS is the lifestyle programme of the Health, Safety and Environment Service (AMD) of the University of Groningen. The programme is for all staff of the University of Groningen (with the exception of the medical faculty) and stimulates a healthy lifestyle for employees.

BALANS has developed a wide range of activities, mindfulness, yoga, health checks, coping with stress. The activities also take a range of forms, with information sessions, workshops, introductory courses, individual consultations and stimulating lectures.

Sports Association for staff members (SPR)

The Sports Assocation for University of Groningen and Hanze University Staff (SPR) aims to promote ‘fellowship, development and recreation in the widest sense of the word’ of the staff of the University of Groningen and Hanzehogeschool through sports.

Laatst gewijzigd:14 december 2020 11:06