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Course module: BMB522319
Career Orientation and Professional Skills Training
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB522319
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personM. Otter
H.A. de Graaf
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C.W. van den Heuvel-Taverne
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Contactperson for the course
M. Otter
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Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (15/11/2021 to 04/02/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark15 Nov 2021 - 17 Jan 2022 in Period 2 and again in Period 4 (dates follow later). Please register via Osiris Student.
Enrolment periodfrom 20/09/2021 up to and including 03/10/2021
Course application processCourse coordinator
Additional informationCourse coordinator
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 25/10/2021 up to and including 26/10/2021
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
In period 4, this course is also offered in Dutch (B-MLOOP10). The Graduate School of Life Sciences aims to run both courses concurrently. Therefore, after the period for course enrolment has ended, the course coordinators will assess the total number of enrolled students and take this into account in assigning spots. You will be contacted about the specific procedure as soon as possible the course enrolment period has ended. Please note that the English course takes place on Monday and that the Dutch course takes place on Friday.

1. Self-exploration
The student will present an overview of results from their self-analysis in their final report:
- A list of personality traits (values, attributes, talents, ambitions and motivations)
- A list of competencies (knowledge, insight, skills)
- A list of team roles (using Belbin’s roles for reference)
- A portfolio of accomplishments using the STAR format
- A reflection on the student’s current level of development and their goals for the future.
The student will support and defend the result of their self-reflection with documentation (personality tests and the like), submitted as an appendix to the final report.
The student will prove themselves capable of discussing the current stage of their development in a final interview using the concepts and methodology provided.
2. Environmental exploration
In their final report, the student will provide the results of their job market analysis, specifically that corner of the market most relevant to their skills and interests:
- pertinent developments (technological, regulatory, commercial, social)
- demands, expectations, options
- personal preference concerning type of organisation and type of position
- a carefully organised overview of interesting organisations with contact details
The student will provide a folder of reading materials that represent their vision on relevant social and professional developments in their field or fields of interest.
3. Objective and Action plan
The student will describe, in a dedicated chapter of their final report, their personal goals and their action plan for finding suitable employment.
- a personalised ‘graduation profile’ with a Unique Selling Point
- personal goals (“course”)
- ideas on where to find opportunities with the desired career profile
- alignment of career profile to graduation profile (“match”)
- the final version of their resume and cover letter
- a graduation schedule that includes intermediate objectives (milestones) as described in the principles of project management
- prepared materials for the job interview as well as reflection on the feedback on the practice interview
The student will demonstrate in a staged job interview that they know how to apply the concepts, techniques and skills they learned.
4. Professionalisation
In a separate chapter of their final report, the students will describe their reflections on the professional job skills they practiced in the training sessions.
- basic communication skills (interview techniques and guidelines for providing feedback)
- presentation skills
- Problem Solving as a conversational technique and as tool for case studies
- negotiation skills and conflict resolution
- shifting from debate to dialogue: creating win-win situations
- STEM graduates as academic professionals
- personal effectiveness (dealing with core beliefs and insecurities)
The student will demonstrate in training sessions, assessments and the final interview that they know how to apply the concepts, techniques and skills they learned.
This course is the English version of the Dutch course "Loopbaanoriëntatie en Professionalisering" (B-MLOOP10).
This English version is in principle focused on international students. This course is offered in periods 2 and 4. The Dutch course is offered in all periods.
Please note: 
In periods 2 and 4, both courses will be offered simultaneously. Should the total number of registrations for both courses be insufficient to organise both courses concurrently, then the English course has priority. In that case, students of the Dutch course will be asked to participate in the English course. The course dates will remain the same.    

Period (from – till): 15 November 2021 - 17 January 2022 in Period 2 and again in Period 4, for which dates follow at a later stage (course is given twice).
H.A. de Graaf Beta Biology 50%
M. Otter and K. Heuvel-Taverne, Faculteit Geneeskunde Career Officer 50%

Course description
The student analyses herself/himself and the work environment. Also to reach his/her goals the student prepares an action plan. Next to this an amount of management skills are trained, i.e. project management, problem solving, personal effectiveness. The class meetings are scheduled on 7 days (9.00-17.00 hrs). The course is finalised with a personal report. Students will be graded.

Literature/study material used


You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
This course is taught twice, in Period 2 and 4.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme

Prerequisite knowledge

Teaching Schedule
Edition 1 with 7 Sessions spread over 7 weeks (BMS_P2_A): 
  • 15 November
  • 22 November
  • 29 November
  • 6 December
  • 13 December
  • 10 January
  • 17 January

Edition 2 with 7 Sessions spread over 7 weeks (BMS_P4_A): 
Dates will follow at a later stage.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

VERSLAG Report 80%
DEELNAME Active participation 20%

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