Because of the massification of higher education and the growing number of students and young research staff obtaining a PhD and postdoc, there is an increasing need to offer good and structural career support, that prepares and equips students and young researchers to take their career into their own hands and to successfully enter the labour market.
Career support varies between institutions and countries. Learning from each other within the U4 partnership, a new staff training will be launched: 'Professionalization of Career Services in a Global Context'. The programme is a 2 year cycle (2016-2017) consisting of 4 workshops (organized at each university) with intermediary (distant) supervision among the participants. A first session takes place in Uppsala on 3 and 4 March 2016 with a focus on skills and competences for career coaches.
The main goal of the cycle is to focus on the professionalization and quality assurance of the career services at the 4 universities for Bachelor and Master students on the one hand, and for PhD and postdoc researchers on the other hand. This learning programme further aims to strengthen structural collaboration and foster interuniversity networking between career services staff of the U4 universities.
The 2016-2017 programme has been set up as a first pilot cycle. The target group is career and study counselors on the central and faculty level, graduate/doctoral schools advisors and career programme officers wishing to strengthen their expertise and to improve their career coaching skills.
Topics for the workshops include: professional competencies of career services staff, visibility and branding of the career services within university, career services for international students and staff, methodologies and tools, future trends in the field of career management, etc. 5 participants per university will take part in this pilot.