Coaching in the first year is focused on finding your way in the university, on discovering your optimal learning strategy, on choosing your electives. Your coach will be a senior student mentor, who went through that process him/herself.
Later on, we challenge you to reflect on the kind of engineer you want to be, your professional identity. And on what it takes, next to disciplinary knowledge and skills, to become such engineer. What will you need for such a career? Which skills do you want to (further) develop during your studies?
Many different activities are offered TUe-wide that allow you to explore and improve your talents and your career opportunities, see for a complete overview. These activities range from company lunch meetings at study association GEWIS to a training in public speaking or writing application letters.

Next to that, from the second year on the computer science program offers various coaching formats in order to help you in your exploration.

First year

You are assigned a student mentor who will organize bi-weekly group meetings in the first two quarters. Here, you can raise all kinds of issues concerning your study. If you have not been assigned a student mentor, please contact your academic advisor.

The quarterly kick-off meetings by the academic advisors also constitute an important information source.Next to that, they have office hours and QnA sessions for individual questions, check here how to contact them.

Coaching in the second and third year

As a computer scientist you will surely find a job, but will it be the best job? Employers love people that take responsibility for their own development, that are equipped for life-long learning, that are confident with their professional identity.  

In principle, it is up to you how much you want to invest in exploring your future career and improving your talents, but to stimulate you doing so, we connect career orientation and coaching with some of the professional skills elements that are mandatory in each bachelor program at the TU/e. In particular, the assignments regarding the skill Reflecting serve as vehicles for career orientation and coaching by external parties.  
In your second year you will participate in alumni coaching, in your third year in recruiter coaching.  

Mandatory: Alumni Night (2IPS1) 

As a computer scientist, you can work in a lot of different places. Each year, on the first Tuesday of December, the Alumni Night is organized. During this evening, you’ll discover some of these workplaces and -fields. This may help you pick electives and help you decide on further education after your bachelor. The evening consists of 3 parts:  

  1. To let you gain the most insight on this evening, you’ll prepare the speed dates you will have with the alumni. During a preparation session at the start of Q2 you will discuss with a few other students the alumni you picked and the questions you want to ask.  
  2. On the evening of Alumni Night, you will meet four alumni from the department. They graduated some time ago and came back to the TU/e specially for you. We will arrange a lot of alumni to choose from, you’ll pick your top-5 and an algorithm will create a schedule.  
  3. After the Alumni Night has taken place, you will create a reflection video (or document) to look back on what you have learned about the field and yourself.   

2IPS1 assesses professional skill “Reflection” where you’ll reflect on your future career and can adjust your learning plans if there is need for this. Unless an exception to postpone was granted, one participates in 2IPS1 during their second year. It is mandatory to have passed 2IPS1 before you can start 2IPE0! If you aren’t automatically enrolled during Q1, make sure to register for 2IPS1 in Osiris.   

If you have any questions about the Alumni Night, feel free to reach out to Elisabeth Melby or the Alumni Night project team.   

Mandatory: Recruiter training

In your third year, you will finish your bachelor. Maybe you’ll continue education or maybe you will start working somewhere. Your final year is the time to further develop your professional identity. For this, a recruiter training is organized. The training consists of three parts:  

  1. You will prepare your curriculum vitae (CV) and hand it in. After this, you will receive feedback from experienced recruiters which you use to improve your CV.   
  2. You will prepare and hold an ‘elevator pitch’ in front of a panel of real recruiters from the IT field. The recruiters will give you feedback on how you presented yourself. Furthermore, they will also review your CV once more   
  3. After the pitch, you will write a reflection report which will help you in establishing a clear picture of your current professional identity.   

The recruiter training assesses professional skill “Presentation” where you’ll learn to pitch yourself, but may also be handy for other pitches. Furthermore “Writing” is assessed in the creation of your personal CV. Additionally, professional skill “Reflection” is assessed by letting you reflect on your own professional identity and the way you present yourself. You will participate in this training when doing 2IPE0, but in rare occasions you may do it earlier after making arrangements with Elisabeth MelbyIt is mandatory to have passed the recruiter training component to obtain a grade for 2IPE0!  

Optional: on-demand coaching or life skills coaching 

Next to the mandatory coaching elements, you can opt for additional formats of coaching, with different focus and different intensity.  

1. on-demand coaching:  
during your entire studies, it is possible to ask career questions at the e-counter, or ask for a one-to-one meeting with a teacher mentor  

2. intensive life skills coaching:  
If you want to further develop your life skills, you can join the biweekly group meetings with peers and coach Elisabeth Melby. Together with peers, you’ll discuss topics that are important to you. As a guideline, the book "If you're so smart, why aren't you happy?" by Raj Raghunathan is used.  

For participation in life skills coaching and/or career oriented mentor coaching, you have to enroll in Osiris through course code 2ICC2 (second-year students) or 2ICC3 (third-year students or older). You can then choose your format(s) in Canvas.  

If you have questions about coaching, you can e-mail Elisabeth Melby.  

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