Career Development

Career Development: more than 90% of our students are employed  

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 managers 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 and competences and the right organisations. We are able to achieve this thanks to our wide range of partners. Our students testify 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 the international professional market (NGOs, Associations, Foundations, Cultural Entities, Universities…). This work is done with the Masters Directors, the coordinators and the HRMs of the sector (see the “Working4HRM” blog section).

The “MASTERS’ ADMISSION AND EVALUATION INTERVIEW, is carried out by managers and HRMs of the sector. The interview evaluation process is handled by a professional of the nonprofit sector. The assessment starts from pointing out the strengths and then moving on to areas that need improvement.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (PDP): during the Master, we work together to define an action plan to successfully enter the job market after the end of the Master. The Career Plan is based on your personal SWOT analysis and on the coaching, and has the “Professional Action Plan” as an output.

COACHING: whilst in the majority of the Masters students are just provided with a list of organisations to contact, the Career Development carries out the matching between the Student’s Career Plan, your competences and desires, and the availability of the coherent organisations. The preparation training period consists in one hour of preparatory interview for the training period with you, followed by an interview with the HRMs of the related organisation.

JOB INTERVIEW with HRM of the sector. Before the training period, you will be invited to an interview with a colleague of a partner organization, 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 to be improved and also guidelines on how to best present yourself in the labour market, which also helps mantain the School’s positive image.

One of the main reasons for an unsuccessful entry into the market for young individuals is not being able to effective present what they have to offer during the recruitment interview. On the other hand, those who previously came from the for profit sector have the opportunity to get first-hand experience with our job interview, as the nonprofit interview is different from the ones they were used to. Therefore, key areas are highlighted, and the ability to unlearn some principles and being open to relearn new basic ones is essential. for those who come from the cultural, social and nonprofit sectors in general, 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’.

TRAINING PERIOD: 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 training period continue to collaborate with the organization. The training period, 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 Alumni Community, an amazing opportunity to keep in contact, network, ask for and offer help. Inside the community there are ex-students from previous editions, who are now professionals and managers in the organisations. Many useful services,  partly provided by the members themselves. Moreover, after the Master staff, lecturers and colleagues will be available to help in pursuing your professional path in the best way, thanks to their knowledge of the international labour market, its specificities and how to be a part of it (requalifying and/or reintroducing you) in the most professional and effective way.

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