ELS-65900 Career Development & Planning


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Wesselink
Lecturer(s)SM Zijlstra MSc
dr. ir. C Oonk
dr. LJL Ploum
MSc N Woldman
Examiner(s)dr. R Wesselink

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Note: This course has a maximum number of participants for P6.
The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year:
https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm->Registration for Courses
Career Development & Planning supports your career orientation. In tutorials the backgrounds of starting your career will be explained. Different assignments help you to link your personal qualities to career opportunities and describe this in a personal profile and an application letter. The assignments will provide insights in your career opportunities and help you in explaining your preferences and capabilities in a clear way.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe their career interests and ambitions in relationship to an existing vacancy by means of an application letter; 
- state their personal ambitions and capabilities in a concise personal profile;
- give others insight in the competencies they already possess and the competencies that need extra attention by means of a critical self-reflection;
- identify competencies (or requirements) they still need to develop and formulate activities to work on these competencies;
- reflect on application letters and personal profiles of other students and give them constructive and meaningful feedback;
- understand the feedback of others and adjust their application letter and personal profile accordingly.


In the tutorials, theory on career development will be alternated by assignments and group discussions.
You work on four obligatory assignments that support you in writing a personal profile and an application letter (for a real vacancy).
Furthermore, you can choose out of seven optional assignments that support your career orientation and help you making up your personal profile and application letter.
Results of the assignments will be discussed in groups during class.
In the final group discussion you will give feedback on the application letter of at least two team members and receive feedback on your own products from team members and the teachers.


- application letter for a relevant vacancy, which meets the predefined criteria;
- a concise reflection on (1) the feasibility of the chosen vacancy, (2) competencies that need further development including activities to work on this, (3) the personal profile including adjustments made based on received feedback, and (4) learning outcomes of an interview with a professional. 
A rubric is used to grade these components on various criteria, and determine a weighed final mark.


PowerPoint presentations and some background literature will be provided on the digital platform.