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Career Minor

For whom?

The Career Minor is also open to students from other faculties.

Objective

The 30 ECTS Career Minor is a Minor that prepares students for the labour market and aims to increase their employability. In concrete terms, this means strengthening a) knowledge of the sector and b) the skills and attitudes necessary to function properly. The minor begins with a competency assessment, a personality test, and an individual interview with a “trainer” to strengthen the students comprehension and determine their learning objectives. General knowledge and skills are acquired in plenary sessions that consist of lectures, workshops and training courses. In addition, students must choose a specific and important social theme, e.g. 'sustainability', safety of governance, that is linked to their interests, educational backgrounds or future career goals.

Students will learn how to apply their knowledge in practical settings, will further develop their talents and will acquire relevant knowledge and skills. This intensive and full-time programme includes meeting experts from the field, completing practical assignments and going on trips, as well as learning how to apply for a job, how to network, negotiate, make project plans, engage in entrepreneurial thinking, compose policy advice, work in teams and much more. Students complete the Minor with an internship; a specific assignment from the government, a business or NGO's. It's also possible to work in a team on development of a sustainable entrepreneurship concept/start-up.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

  • Students will be introduced to the labour market and the relevant organizations.
  • Students will learn to apply their knowledge to concrete practical issues.
  • Students will learn to present themselves and their expertise in this practical environment.
  • Students will develop an understanding of their own personality and of what it takes to get a placement, assignment or job.
  • Students will learn to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Students will learn to use their own creativity and knowledge to offer concrete solutions and recommendations for current problems or issues.
  • Students will have an increased understanding of a specific sector of the labour market and of the relevant theme.

The Career Minor is spread over two blocks:

Block 1 - Orientation

Students must follow two course units of respectively 5 and 10 ECTS in the first block, in which they will

  1. acquire knowledge and skills
  2. carry out assignments
  3. deepen their knowledge of a certain theme and the relevant organizations.
Block 1a - Humanities at work (5 ECTS)

This course unit prepares the student for the job market. In the ‘Preparation’ section ,on the one hand, developments in the labour market and current issues in the various labour market sectors are key, while on the other hand the section helps students to know themselves better (who am I, what do I want, what can I do and why do I need this). In the section ‘Skills’, the student becomes acquainted with important general skills that are needed to get a job (‘job hunting skills’), These skills are essential in organizations, which the student will need to maintain in the rapidly changing work environment of the 21st century. These skills include: project-based working, negotiation, leadership, teamwork, communication, intercultural competencies, entrepreneurial thinking and digital skills. More information.

Block 1b - Themes (10 ECTS)

In this course unit the student can select a specific theme. In the thematic working group. the knowledge from block 1a is linked to the relevant labour market sector (for example, local or international management, the security domain, or the cultural sector) and train students in the relevant sector-related skills (for example, submitting a subsidy application, composing a project plan or policy advice, or preparing and executing a negotiation). In contrast to the first module, students can follow this thematic module in their own working group. Work visits and excursions will help increase their knowledge of the field and their organizational skills. More information.

Block 2 - A Practical Assignment (15 ECTS)

During the second block of the Career Minor the student can choose to: 1) carry out a concrete assignment for an organization in a project group or; 2) for an individual assignment in the form of a placement and 3) to develop you own start-up as a follow-up from the theme Entrepreneurship. With this last option, the student can opt for an internship or develop and implement a plan for their own company/start-up . This assignment will take place between 11 November 2019 and 31 January 2020. The testing of block 1 will be completed on 25 October. If you have time in your own schedule, starting from October 28, 2018 (in consultation with the teacher of your theme in block 1) should be possible.

Choosing a project in a team

The ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams on short-term or long-term projects is a highly valued and very essential skill in the rapidly changing labour market. Students who choose a project can develop this skill and discover what their knowledge is actually worth in practice.

Working for a contract or in a team
A project is a collaboration of Arts students from different degree programmes, who tackle an assignment from an organization as a team. Their aim is to offer well-founded advice or develop a cleverly designed product that is useful in the client's daily operations. The projects will dovetail with the themes from Block 1 of the Career Minor whenever possible. Depending on the theme, the assignment and the composition of the groups, students will have different tasks, such as conducting research, giving presentations, writing copy for various aims and target groups, setting up meetings, entering into negotiations, offering advice, planning, budgeting and evaluating. Students are expressly challenged to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the degree programme in a practical setting and to add new knowledge and skills. Students do not need to find and arrange their own projects; they are available to them at the start of their Career Minor. Click here for examples of concrete project assignments and practical information about working for a client.

Choosing an individual assignment

Work experience is an important requirement in the labour market these days. Students who choose an individual assignment, in the form of a short placement, for example, will familiarize themselves with an organization and its present culture and discover how their skills fit in. They will also become more sensitive about whether the organization suits them. The individual assignment that the student acquire themselves, has the form of a short-term internship or can be executed via their own plan as a start-up. In the latter option, the plan is linked to the theme Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Humanities. The individual assignment must match the student’s training profile and field of interest. Click here for practical information about the individual assignment and available placements linked to specific themes.

Choosing to develop a start-up
As a follow-up of the theme Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Humanities you will develop an innovative and sustainable entrepreneurship concept in a multidisciplinairy team. Click here for practical information about the start-up.

Summary of the Career Minor and the Practical Assignment
Whether you are still deciding which Master’s degree programme to follow, whether you are considering getting a job for a year or two first but are having trouble finding or entering suitable professions, or whether your goal is already very clear and you want to start your career in one specific place after gaining your Bachelor’s degree, both the team assignment and the individual assignment can give you a taste of an organization, and with the start-up option, explore your entrepreneurial side. Read more about this in the flyer. Also the presentation of the Minor Market is available.

Please contact your study advisor if you have any questions about the Career Minor.

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