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Master Yourself workshops and masterclasses

Held at high-profile companies and organisations, these free sessions offer students a not-to-be-missed chance to expand their network. The Master Yourself workshops and masterclasses give prospective graduates first-hand experience of how organisations are run and what they need in terms of personal and professional skills.

“I liked every workshop I attended, but the one on contract negotiation skills was the most interesting. It really added value to the skills I gained during my master’s.

Mateus Kambale Sahani, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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Discover your competences

What kind of a person are you? What drives you? What are you looking for? And what are you capable of? Students can discover your competences in a workshop that gives them insight into their key assets, qualities and motives.

“This workshop helped me to create a brief description of myself based on my work experience and my career aspirations. It was really useful, because now I added it to my LinkedIn profile.”

Joedith López, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

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Partners for life

We are convinced that students and alumni can benefit from a closer connection. In the 'Partners for Life' project, we are working to establish closer connections between our students and alumni. At several points in the student journey (Pre-study phase, Study Orientation phase, Education, Labour Market Orientation and Recruitment), alumni could play a role in supporting students with regards to their employability.

All faculties are currently working on an implementation plan to embed alumni relations within their processes and set out the actions to be taken in the coming year.

Twice a year we organise Alumni Coach Cafes, in which senior UM alumni talk with young alumni to help them take the next step in their career. The alumni coaches ask stimulating questions to inspire their junior counterparts and help them identify their talents, skills and ambitions. As a result, the young alumni become more aware of their true abilities and desires.


 Read this news release on one of the coach café editions.

Alumni Coach Café
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Alumni Coach Café

An informal and inspiring evening get-together where young alumni and master students sit down in groups of three to exchange ideas about making the next move in their careers. Guided by a supervisor, the students share their dreams, explore their talents and find out what their options are.

“Participants don’t go home with a job, but hopefully with new insights. Often people are trapped in a certain mindset and your role is to set them free.”

Arjan van Rijssen, moderator of Alumni Coach Café

Personal support
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Personal support

UM offers a wide range of personal support services. These include confidential advisers, student deans, psychologists, study advisers and career advisers. The latter two may be helpful in answering questions about study choices and career prospects, like which master's programmes can I do and how do I go about finding a suitable job?

Most students will find the 15-minute Quick Career Advice sessions very helpful; some may want to make a follow-up appointment with a career counsellor to obtain more specific advice.

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Student Employability Portal

We are working on a one-entry digital environment where students can find all relevant information related to employability. Students will receive a personalised support offer and be able to assess their employability ‘status’. 

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Master Yourself

Our Master Yourself sessions aim to prepare our graduating Master students for entering the job market in the best possible way. Students are offered the unique chance to attend workshops and masterclasses at renowned companies and organisations in the Euregion. They will learn new valuable skills, get a chance to expand their network and have an inside look into businesses. 

In 2018 we are hosting two rounds of Master Yourself sessions:

  • February-March 2018
  • May 2018

Students can apply for multiple workshops and/or masterclasses. After three sessions, students will receive a letter of recommendation upon request.

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Research

Research into the employability of our students is a central theme within our project. In 2017, our research included a trend analysis on the T+5 UM scanner (Longitudinal questionnaire 5 years after graduation) in close collaboration with the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). This resulted in infographics for all faculties, clearly showing the employability of our graduates in seven key features of employability.

For 2018, we aim to further explore the concept of student employability and measure the effectiveness of the projects and initiatives we have started so far. It is our ambition to prepare our students for their further/future career in the best possible way, with the right set of skills and competencies. But how do we or the students know when they are ready? And what is the effect of our support and activities on their (personal) perceived employability? Those questions have yet to be answered.

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