The year 2021 marks the 11th anniversary of Career Angels, one of the first career advisory companies. We have clients from all over the world. Since 2014 we have been giving lectures in top Business Schools across Europe. Our biggest recognition in 2021 was being invited to design and run the postgraduate studies “Career Advisory” for @Kozminski University with great lecturers and practitioners as guest speakers.
We are very proud of this project because we have assembled a very varied, interesting and mature group. The average work experience is 18 years – starting from 9, through 27, up to 30 years of experience. 75% of them work in broadly-defined hard and soft HR in positions and / or roles such as coach, trainer, recruiter, HR Manager, HR BP and HR Director. The rest work in IT, project management and operations.
Why Career Advisory postgraduate studies?
You ask: why would somebody who has 27 or 30 years of experience “need” such studies?
To “organize their knowledge” and to prepare for the last stage of their careers. Here are other reasons, which helped the students decide to enrol for these studies (apart from the reputation of Kozminski University and Career Angels):
“I was in an outplacement program and I saw, how one works with a consultant. It was an interesting experience. I’ve started to support others. I want to learn, how to do it professionally. On Wednesday I joined the Open Day, on Thursday I enrolled for the studies.”
“I collaborate with a company that supports teenagers professionally. I want to develop my own tool kit and I hope there’ll also be an exchange of ideas and sharing experiences with the other students.”
“I appreciate the practical aspect of these studies. I want to learn how to work with a business client.”
“I had a career consultation myself. I was impressed by the person who conducted it. I thought to myself: “I also want to be such a person.” A few months later, I saw the information, that the first edition of these studies has launched.”
“I was involved in a lot of HR areas: talent management, career paths creation, employer branding, recruitment – I want to organize my knowledge and explore new tools.”
“I’ve been working with management boards for years. I’d like to be able to support them even better. My friend told me that she had signed up, so did I!”
“I manage a big team and I am asked for advice regularly. I want to learn, how to guide people in a professional and responsible way.”
“I like helping people in job search process. I’ve done it a couple of times – with success. One person suggested: “Maybe you should do it professionally?”. I decided, that it was a good time to start building “a second leg” [in the sense of source of income].”
Career Advisory postgraduate studies – summary
On November 13th, we started with lots of energy, and – surprisingly to our students – in a very practical manner! The topic of the first weekend was “The work methodology of a Career Consultant” and it covered:
- The competencies of an effective career consultant
- Client typology
- A set of questions to diagnose client needs
- The initial interview with “prospective client”
- The Code of Ethics
If you want to learn more about the topics mentioned above, read the summary of the 1st Convention.
The second weekend started with the topic “The Psychology of Change” on November 27th at 8:45 with Ph.D. Paweł Fortuna. As a warm-up, he asked the students the following question: “Is there a need to go outside one’s comfort zone?” During lectures he mentioned also:
- Strategies motivated by fear of failure
- The functions of complaining
- Facilitating the change – from the perspective of mentor, role model and coach
During this convention there was also a lecture on “Working with resistance and limiting beliefs” and “Career Coaching”. If you want to learn more, read the summary after the 2nd convention.
The first day of the 3rd meeting was hosted by Sandra Bichl, who focused on the topic of “Tools and tests in identification and verification of professional goal“. The formula of this day was slightly different from the previous ones, as each student prepared a description of a test of their choice from a pool of the most common tests used on the market, to, among other things, assess their usefulness when working with clients who are just starting their career path or those professionally experienced, who, for example, are at a crossroads. After each mini-presentation, we discussed the pros and cons of the presented diagnostic tools.
Among presented and discussed tests were: Pymetrics, Extended DISC, MBTI, Facet5, SHL OPQ, Hogan, APIS-Z (R), MTQ48, CliftonStrengths (Gallup) and FRIS.
You can learn more about the 3rd convention here: https://blog.careerangels.eu/career-advisory-postgraduate-studies-after-the-third-meeting/
We will keep you informed about our students and the progress of our studies.
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