Boost your students' employability
Are you a UM employee and want to help your students setting goals, making effective plans for their future and support them in making themselves more employable? Here you will find everything you need to support students; from online supporting tools, workshops and training modules to the Implicit-Explicit toolkit for staff.
Implicit Explicit Toolkit
We are proud to present you the Implicit-Explicit toolkit! This toolkit is a collection of handy practices for educational and supportive staff to reflect on, and design educational activities and curricula that help students to think about, and work on developing those competencies that are relevant for their employability. It aims to make explicit, to staff and students, which competencies students are implicitly developing by actively engaging in educational activities, curricula, and supportive services, and how they do so. This Implicit-Explicit toolkit is an interactive document for the benefit of the Employability community at Maastricht University.
My Employability Scan manual
The My Employability Scan is a self-assessment tool for students to help them gain more insight into their employability competences. The tool consists of two parts; a scientifically validated questionnaire to measure employability and, upon completion of the questionnaire, feedback regarding their employability and suggestions for improving these competences. In addition, students are referred (where necessary) to services of UM Career Services, UM Library or the Alumni Coach Café.
The My Employability Scan is available for every UM student from October 2019 and is accessible via the MyEmployability tab in the Student Portal. Since UM staff does not have access to the Student Portal, this manual has been developed to inform you about this employability service for students.
Workshops & training modules for students
Regular lectures, workshops & training courses at Student Services Centre (SSC)
Additional lectures, workshops & training courses that can be provided at the request of faculties & programmes
Tailor made products: contact your account manager for more information
Online Supporting Tools
Online Career Modules
UM Career Services offers Online Career Modules. Your students can choose from twelve modules. Each module is a self-steering lesson and includes explanation, examples and activities.
Overview Career Links
The Overview Career Links comprises the best websites to help your students start off their career. They will discover a wide range of information at their disposal. The subjects vary from working in the Netherlands to jobs abroad, from competencies to job profiles, from internships to voluntary work, and from study programmes to scholarships.
Student Wellbeing Overview
The Student Wellbeing Overview comprises resources related to various health and wellbeing topics for students. For each topic, the sources range from websites to books, podcasts, apps and more.
Workshops and training modules for staff
At UM, we care about our students’ employability, wellbeing. With our slogan “it takes a community to support a student”, we think every member of the university and society has his own contribution to students’ employability and wellbeing. We developed a programme to guide all staff of the university through this task. Experiential learning, observation, self-reflection and feedback are the cornerstones of all activities in our programme.
Modular programme: Staff supports students’ professional and personal development
Fostering employability & wellbeing
In this workshop we introduce you to UM Career Services & UM Psychologists and their services for students, staff and peer supporters.
In addition, we will introduce you to (online) supporting tools (such as the Overview Career Links, E-health Modules by Caring Universities, referral chart, manual suicide prevention) that can help you and your students to find answers to employability and wellbeing related questions. Together, we will discuss several cases and find out where you as staff member can refer students to for the right support.
Support your students’ Professional development (dark red)
UM Career Services supports you to support your students on topics of employability.
Designed to train mentors, coaches and tutors on coaching and mentoring skills, our coaching modules (Coaching skills and Student competence development) are used at all faculties. Participants are students and staff in a mentoring or coaching role, e.g. in bachelor, master or honours programmes.
Coaching skills is the foundation of the training programme. It is used for training first-time mentors and tutors. Student competence development has been designed for staff that coaches students in their competence development (e.g. Learning & Development in organizations, honours programmes).
Support your students’ Personal development (orange)
All staff, including student assistants and peer supporters can encounter students who struggle with mental health issues or study stress. There are three modules that focus on how to react as staff. In the workshop Addressing challenging behaviour we discuss possible signals of a student that is going through a difficult time and we practice on addressing this. The workshops Stress and anxiety and Perfectionism focus on two main themes regarding study related stress and mechanisms that can affect wellbeing study progress.
Communication skills (blue)
Additionally, faculties and service centers can choose 1-hour theme modules (dark blue), to mix and match the specific training needs of their coaches and mentors. We also offer two supporting modules (light blue): intervision (peer group reflection) and a case clinic (high-paced practice with real-life cases).
What did participants especially like about our sessions?
- ‘Very hands-on and full of examples’
- ‘Tools to help students in need’
- ‘The open discussion among group members’
- ‘Having an overview of all services’
- ‘The combination of background and practice’
- ‘The contents were directed to the needs of the participants’
- ‘The opportunity to share experiences, to get immediate feedback. A moment of reflection, learning from other people’s experiences’
- ‘Getting a chance to practice coaching in the training session’
Are you interested in one or more modules for your staff? Please contact your UM Career Services account manager.
Online tools for staff are to be expected. We list resources and inspirational links for students.
A list for staff regarding student wellbeing is to be expected. Staff can find the Referral chart for Student Wellbeing and the Roadmap for Suicide Prevention on the intranet: You and your work.
UM Career Services’ (CS) and UM Psychologists' (PS) contactpersons per faculty and for study & student associations.
- Fasos: Jerôme de Liège (CS), Greet Kellens (PS)
- FdR: Jerôme de Liège (CS), Carmen Chezzi (PS)
- FHML: Jerôme de Liège (CS), Véronique Vancauwenbergh (PS)
- FPN: Bibi Linssen (CS), Liesbeth Mouha (LM)
- FSE: Bibi Linssen (CS), Wendy Geijen (PS)
- SBE: Bibi Linssen (CS), Maddy Meijers (PS)
- Services centra: Johan Pelssers (CS), Carmen Chezzi (PS)
- UM Sport: Johan Pelssers (CS), Liesbeth Mouha (LM)
- All study and student associations: Johan Pelssers (CS +PS)
Jerôme de Liège