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Workshop 29 March 2018 | The Graduate Dilemma


Will you graduate soon?

If so, do you already have a clue what your next step will be? The Graduate Dilemma addresses issues you are most likely facing such as who are you, what are you looking for and where can you find it? This workshop is not about writing your CV or learning how to prepare and survive a job interview. Participating will bring you insights into your personal drives and motivation as well as how people typically learn throughout their career. The Graduate Dilemma will also show you how different organisations, sectors and roles create different learning opportunities.

Everything in this session is focused to help you bridge the gap from university to your first job. And, it will give you some reassurance: yes, your first job is an important step, but probably not the most important and, you'll never get it (totally) right. During this afternoon you will receive guidance and feedback from several FEB alumni and professionals from Egon Zehnder.

For: now open to all MSc students
Date: Thursday 29 March
Time: 12.00-18.00 hrs
Location: Blauwe Zaal + several class rooms in the Education Wing
Fee: 15 euro
Sign up: send an email to before 11th March

Sikko Onnes

Your host

This workshop will be hosted by Sikko Onnes. For almost 30 years Sikko has worked at international executive search firm Egon Zehnder. His experience in guiding the careers of senior level executives, has given him insights in what working life is all about and the implications of entering the job market.


Time Activity Location
12.30-13.00 Get together FEB Plaza
13.00-13.15 Introduction (all) Blauwe Zaal
13.15-14.00 Self awareness & motivation (all)
Insight in personal motivation (why do you want to work) and natural behaviour (personality test), in cooperation with Ron Soonieus, Managing Partner Camunico.
Blauwe Zaal
14.00-15.00 Learning & developing (all)
Research shows that personal development, apart from earning a living, is the most important reason why people want to work. But what do you learn in the first phase of a working life (knowledge, skills, behaviour) and how do you learn (people, education, environment etc.).
Blauwe Zaal
15.00-15.30 Break FEB Plaza

The working world (groups)
An overview of different organisations, sectors and roles

Education Wing: (room to be announced asap)
16.00-17.00 Bridging the gap (groups)
How do the different learnings relate to the working world, i.e. why a corporate versus a start up?
Illustrated by experiences of young executives.
Education Wing: (room to be announced asap)
17.00-18.00 Drinks Careers Company Bar

Plenary sessions (pre-break) will be done by Sikko Onnes and Ron Soonieus. Break-out groups will be guided (per group) by Egon Zehnder consultants and/or executives with a minimum of 5 years working experience.



You can sign up by sending an email to (deadline 11th March). Please note there is an entry fee of 15 euro.

If you will participate, you will be asked beforehand to fill out:

  • an AEM Cube personality test
  • a questionnaire on your motivation
  • some questions about yourself, your preferred job and organisation and your personal development

You will also receive films of various people (CEO’s, entrepreneurs etc.) with their views on the dilemma.

Afterwards you will have the opportunity to get feedback on AEM Cube (personality test) in a more personal form (group of five) against an additional fee of EUR 60. During the session on March 29th you can decide on signing up for this personal feedback.

We look forward to seeing you!

Last modified:05 March 2018 1.32 p.m.