Workshops and lectures
Students of Maastricht University (UM) can follow workshops and free lectures at UM Career Services to increase their job opportunities and to develop themselves. Below you can find detailed information about our workshops and lectures.
Please note: Alumni from the UM are also welcome during the first six months after graduation.
Overview workshops and lectures
Registration and costs
Participation in a workshop costs €15. Lectures are for free. You can register via the link on the right side. Once you have registered you will receive more information by email.
If a workshop or lecture is full then the registration list will serve as a waiting list.
One free workshop per academic year
Students who are registered for one of the following programmes may take part in one free workshop per academic year.
|FASoS||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences||all bachelor and master students|
|FPN||Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience||all bachelor and master students|
|DKE||Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering||all bachelor and master students|
|ICIS||International Centre for Integrated assessment & Sustainable development||all master students|
|MGSoG||Maastricht Graduate School of Governance||all master students|
|FHML||Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences||all master students|
|FL||Faculty of Law||all bachelor and master students|
|SBE||School of Business and Economics||all master students|
Changing or cancelling your registration
Make sure you cancel on time. If you don't you will be charged administration costs.
- Cancelling or changing your registration is free of charge up to 7 days before the start of the event.
- Do you cancel 7 days or less in advance? Then you pay €10.
- Do you fail to come and you have not cancelled? Then you pay €25 + the participants’ contribution of € 15.
Please note. If there are not enough participants the workshop or lecture can be cancelled. You will be informed of this at least three working days before the workshop or lecture starts.
Short description of the workshops
Discover your competences
You gain insight into what you can and want. You optimise your competencies, key qualities and motives and look at how you stand out from others. With this workshop you create a good starting point for entering the employment market. You will get knowledge about the type of work you should look for. In the workshop you work together with others and hear from them what they see in you.
This workshop you go in search of your personal brand. What makes you you? This is about more than work experience and competencies. It is mainly about your personality, values, beliefs, life events and wishes. By thinking in this way you learn to profile yourself so that you can make it clear to others who you are and what you stand for. These are vital skills for both entrepreneurship and the employment market.
The workshop consists of two parts:
In search of your unique personal brand
Based on exercises you build your own brand. What are your ingredients, your characteristics, what do you look like and how do you sound?
Communicating your personal brand
How do you leave behind a good and correct first impression? How do you present yourself and tell your story briefly and powerfully in an elevator pitch?
3 hours (morning or afternoon)
Language: Dutch or English
How do you keep your nerves under control and give an answer to each question? And which clothes to wear?
During this workshop you learn the ins and outs of the job interview. But you will mainly practise how to respond to questionswhat you should not say, and what you can ask.
CV & letter of application
What does a good job application letter look like and what should you state in your CV and more importantly what not? In this workshop you will learn how to write a good job application letter and CV. In addition you will take the recruiter’s seat. You will experience how job application letters are selected
Applying for a job in the digital era
Internet, social media and other technological developments have significantly changed the entire job application process. A creative example of this is that some applicants produce a job application video instead of a paper motivation. But what makes your video convincing?
Many things actually change faster than our awareness of it. Recruiters are increasingly using applicant tracking systems and what does this mean for you as a job applicant?
Nowadays a lot of job interviews take place at a distance, via phone, Skype or Facetime. How do you prepare for this? In addition, your digital footprint can affect whether or not to get that highly desired job.
In this interactive workshop you will learn about developments, new possibilities and risks. You immediately get started with various practical tips and tools.
Crash course in decision making
In this workshop you will learn how it works. You will gain insight in your pitfalls and the relationship between personality and decision making.
In addition you will come to a plan of approach for future decisions. You will receive tips and tools to handle the bigger decisions in your life.
This interactive workshop will give you an insight in your current time management habits and it will help you identify areas for improvement.
Furthermore, It will teach you about the most common pitfalls in time management and you will get tips & tools to stay out of those pitfalls.
3 hours (morning or afternoon)
Language: Dutch or English
Both during your studies and in working life you will face the challenge of how to present things that matter in a convincing, pleasant and relaxed way. Whether it’s about a project overview, research findings, a sales pitch or a TED talk – you need to be prepared.
This interactive, hands-on workshop is built around your presentations –using these to practice, get feedback and improve.
Aspects that will be touched upon are the use of Powerpoint in presentations, how to build a structure, verbal and non-verbal presentation skills.
Short description of the lectures
This lecture gives an insight in the basic principles of personal networking. You will get hands-on tips & tricks which help you to create an interesting network. The kind of network that can support your first steps from university into the job market.
Employment contract and negotiations
Fantastic! You've been offered a job. But often you're not there yet. You still need to negotiate about your contract, your salary and the secondary employment conditions. A difficult interview that will severely test your reasoning and emotions. You want the job but against what price?
This lecture consists of two parts.
Part one is about the preparations. What can you do before you go to the interview?
• Salary: use salary scales to your advantage.
• Secondary employment conditions: sometimes there are extras you should definitely negotiate.
• Plan B: what if you fail to agree? How far are you prepared to go?
Part two is about the actual negotiations. You will receive tips and tricks. How do negotiations work and what should you think about when you start negotiating? This part of the lecture is meant to be an eye-opener and will give you a different view of negotiations.
Getting the most out of LinkedIn
In the current labour market, LinkedIn has become so important that not having a LinkedIn account means missing out on both many job openings and valuable networking opportunities. Nowadays many workplaces will post their jobs on LinkedIn only. Furthermore, LinkedIn can be seen as a modern business card alternative and it is truly a great place to post your online C.V.
The focus in this lecture is on making you understand how LinkedIn works and in which ways you can use it to your own benefit.
The learning goals for this lecture are:
- To get a basic understanding of LinkedIn -Profile, Tags, Discussion groups, Job vacancies, Privacy settings
- To gain knowledge on how to connect to other members and thus increase your own network
- To understand what other members see and how to use this
- To ensure that other users will easily find you on LinkedIn