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The Employability Framework

We have developed an Employability Framework (also known as the ‘Implicit-Explicit project’) to analyse our study programmes with regards to employability competencies. The framework is linked to EDLAB's ‘Constructive Alignment’ project  . We defined four groups of competencies that we view as equally important in becoming employable: academic expertise and skills, self-awareness, adaptability and social responsibility. We are encouraging all faculties to include employability in the continuous cycle of developing and improving programmes.There will be workshops for programme coordinators to help them implement the framework and create interventions that support competencies development. 

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The Student Journey

The Student Journey is key to our student-driven approach. It helps us provide relevant, up-to-date information and high-quality services to students.

The Student Journey is our anchor point within the Employability Framework. It describes the route we expect our students to follow during their studies at UM in relation to employability. In this journey, we have defined several moments to inform and support our students in their process of becoming employable. We aim to continuously improve the Student Journey through discussions with students, staff, alumni and external relations.

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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.

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UM Career Services

UM Career Services is in a continuous process of optimising services for students and staff. Extensive stakeholder analysis has resulted in a new programme of workshops and lectures for students. New workshops are being developed to support academic staff in coaching students.

Furthermore, we are working on online career modules to meet students' needs for ‘online’ and ‘just-in-time’ support. We aim to launch the online career modules in June 2018.

More information about the new UM Career Services can be found on their website.

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Interns

Internships provide an important educational instrument for students to gain insights in and develop the competencies necessary for a successful start to their future career. We will develop a strategy paper on the relevance of internships for our students. This will be supported by optimising processes to facilitate students in their connections with internship providers. Furthermore, we are looking into ways to optimise connections between students and internship providers in a variety of ways.

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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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  • Partners for life

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  • UM Career Services

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  • Interns

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