career2017The third module in the staff training cycle ‘Professionalization of Career Services in a Global Context’ took place from 20 to 22 September and was hosted by the university of Groningen. The central topic of this workshop was ‘Future trends – What’s new in our field’.

This training programme gathered around 20 career professionals from the 4 universities and started off with getting together and reconnecting again in 4 intervision groups: one group for PhD & postdoc researchers, two groups working on student-related topics, one group working on alumni.

Intervision is an important part of this staff training as a structural peer-learning format in which best practices are shared and views on particular topics are exchanged among colleagues who share the same expertise. Working on concrete topics in these intervision groups is highly appreciated by all participants. Examples that came out of the intervision groups and that will be further developed are the development of mentoring programmes, joint initiatives for students’ career services,...

Experts lectures make a second part of the staff training. Aaltje Vincent, a self-employed Dutch career coach, gave a masterclass ‘Job-marketing 3.0’, in which she outlined the most recent developments and trends in career guidance given the strong and ever increasing impact of social media, e.g. for recruitment and in job hunting. Furthermore, two Groningen professors were invited to lead workshops (in parallel): prof. Jacques Zeelen (Globalisation Studies) talked about lifelong learning within the group of career professionals working with students; prof. Ingrid Molema (Medical Biology) brought an inspiring and interactive workshop for the group of career professionals working with PhD and postdoc researchers. As a full professor she shared her experiences about the young researchers’ career development in her research group and her role as advisor and trainer in the RUG Talent Development Team and Graduate Schools.
The group will continue working on the topics that were planned within the intervision groups. The last module will take place from 6 to 8 March 2018, hosted by Ghent University.

The U4 Career Staff Training is a cooperative initiative of representatives of the U4 Career Services network, bringing together career professionals from the 4 universities working for students, young researchers and professorial staff. Further information on this network can be found on

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