ELS-65900 Career Exploration


Studiepunten 1.50

Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Wesselink
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. C Oonk
SM Zijlstra MSc
A van den Heuvel
dr. N Woldman
dr. R Wesselink
dr. Y Baggen
Examiner(s)dr. R Wesselink

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Career exploration supports you in the first steps towards your career. 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 preferences and help you in explaining your motivation, ambitions 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 exploration 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 prepare 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 two interviews with professionals. 
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.