Career Development: how it changes your life
The Social Change School, has always been working closely with the HRM and managers of the sector. The Masters, are co-projected with the masters’ directors and manager of the non profit sector who are constantly updated by means of surveys about the competences and required professional profiles at international level.
The Career Development is one of the qualifying processes of the Master programmes, our career service provides first class services, in terms of the personalised assistance given by the staff. They help in finding the best match between our students skills, competences and the right organisations, thanks to our wide range of partners we are able to achieve this. Our students’ testifies that, it is a ‘life changing experience”. Find out how it works.
CLEAR DEFINITION OF THE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE, perspectives and strategies; to be effectively required, ‘in progress’ (effective in 5-10 years) but immediately expendable on international professional market (NGOs, Associations, Foundations…). This work is done with the Masters Directors, the coordinators and the HRMs of the sector (see ‘Working4HRM’)
The “MASTERS ADMISSION AND EVALUATION FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW”, is carried out by managers and HRMs of the sector. The interview evaluation process is handled by a professional in the non-profit sector, where the assessment starts from pointing out the strengths and then moving on to areas that need improvement.
THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (PDP): During the Master, we work together to define an action plan, for a successful entry, after the end of the master and before one year after the diploma. The Career Plan is based on your personal SWOT analysis and on the coaching, and it has as an output, the ‘Professional Action Plan’ Scheme.
COACHING: whilst in the majority of the masters, the students are just provided with a list of organisations to be contacted, the Career Development carries out the matching between Students’ Career Plan, your competences and desires, and the availability of the coherent organisations. The preparation stage consists into one hour of a preparatory interview to the stage with you, followed by an equivalent dialogue with the HRMs of the related organisations.
JOB INTERVIEW with HRM of the sector. Before the stage, you will be ‘invited’ for an interview with a colleague of a partner NGO, where you will be evaluated on about 30 items focused on: your CV, Linkedin, contact email and presentation, application, speaking and interview management. At the end of this interview, you will be given a very useful report that will help you gain awareness on key areas and also guidelines on how best to present yourself in the labour market, which maintains the school’s positive image.
One of the main reasons for an unsuccessful ‘entry’ into the market for the young individuals, is not being able to effective present what they have to offer during recruitment interview. On the other hand, those who previous came from the for profit sector, have the opportunity to get first-hand experience with our job interview as the non-profit interview as different from that they were previously exposed to. Therefore, key areas are highlighted and the importance of unlearning some principles, being open to relearn basis principles is highly recommended; for who comes from the non-profit, it is a moment to take stock of the “progress made’, and to also have some useful practical suggestion by colleagues. The School invests greatly for an optimal ‘launch’.
STAGE: is one of the most important moments for the skills transfer, with the Challenge ‘Swot’, the Field Experience, the Project Work and the Final Pitch. About 50% of the students that do the internship period continue to collaborate with the organization. The internship, from 200 hours to six months, in your own residence country or abroad (even in developing countries), finishes with a crossed report of the student, the organization’s tutor and the coordinator.
ALUMNI COMMUNITY: After the master, students are invited to join the Social Change International Community, an amazing opportunity to keep in contact, network, ask and offer help. In the community, there are ex-students from previous editions, who are now professionals and managers in organisations. Many useful services, in part provided by the same members. Also after the Master, the staff, lecturers and colleagues, will be available to help in pursuing the best the professional path, through the knowledge of the non profit international market, its specificities and how to be part of it (requalifying and/or reintroducing you) in the most professional and effective way.