Evolution, adaptation, transformation – change is everywhere and its getting faster all the time. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of engineering. Against this moving backdrop it is vital to ensure that you have a career where you thrive, feel valued and develop professionally. By joining our online community of fellow professional engineers you will open up new possibilities and learn how to explore the options, design and land your next career move!
In this course you will master a career-thinking model specifically aimed at engineers. It will help you to identify your career challenges and create scenarios that will enable you to take the lead in moving your career forward. Whether you are in the early stages of your career or an experienced professional, the benefits of following a systems approach will give you a unique advantage when planning and designing your next career move.
Professional engineers at TU Delft have examined future engineering roles in various contexts by looking at current trends and considering the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in new situations. These roles offer you possible paths for your future development as a professional engineer.
During this course, which consists of 5 modules plus a getting started module, you will work through a five-step career-thinking model reflecting on your unique experiences, attitudes and strengths. You will define your current career challenge, explore different solutions and walk away with a validated and tailored role that inspires and motivates you.
In this course you will:
- Review your career to date to identify your strengths and potential.
- Define your current career challenges.
- Receive expert and peer advice on potential solutions to your career challenges.
- Experiment with ideas to tackle your career challenges and conduct searches to identify a list of target companies and roles that best suit your career aspirations.
- Validate your preferred role and test this option so you can make an informed decision.
- Create an action plan to actualise your next career move.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define your next career challenges
- Use a career-thinking model
- Create your preferred role for now and in the future
- Get involved with a supportive community to seek feedback and open up possibilities
- Develop and evaluate actions for testing your options.
"This course helped me to get a clear picture on how my ideal job looks like. What really helped me was that the course made me act instead of "being unsatisfied and not knowing what to do". What was also helpful was that it was a career course especially for engineers. It felt like the people who set up the course wrote it especially for me." – previous learner (senior system engineer)
"This course activity proved valuable to me because it brought me ideas I didn't come up with myself and are really key to the solution I am looking for. Coming week I have a discussion with my project executive to lay down my role as Project Manager, which would not have happened without this session" - previous learner
"The exercises were really very useful and unique. I have talked with a lot of people about career and next steps in life, and never encountered such clear, concrete, practical exercises and the reflections give such good insights as in this course" - previous learner
The development of this course is supported by 4TU.CEE, an alliance between the four universities of technology: Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen. 4TU.CEE believes in jointly inspiring, stimulating, supporting and disseminating effective and high quality engineering education through research and application of evidence-based innovations.
Find out more about 4TU.CEE.
Module 0: Welcome and course introduction
Introduction to the course team, content, processes and most importantly, your fellow participants.
Module 1: Taking stock
Introduction to differentiating engineering roles and an opportunity to take stock of the key elements of your professional identity and determine your potential for growth.
Module 2: Defining your career challenges
Define the career challenges you'd like to address and describe your life if the challenges are satisfactorily resolved.
Module 3: Ideas time!
Several minds are always better than one when solving a challenge. With a team of collaborators, you will share your career challenges and create a list of potential solutions.
Module 4: Validate your preferred role
This module encourages you to evaluate potential options and conceptualise your future roles. You will create a prototype of your personal profile for positioning yourself in the market and get advice on how to research roles and companies.
Module 5: Test drive and action plan
You will test drive your preferred options and learn tips on maintaining commitment to realising your next career move by making an action plan.
Assignments & Assessments
The course includes self-assessments, hands-on activities, reflective exercises and quizzes to check your learning, as well as team discussions and online hangouts, where you can learn from and give support to other participants. Teaming up with professional peers is an essential element of the model as it offers feedback and networking opportunities to validate your choice and achieve your goals.
This course includes three types of assessments:
- Quiz at the end of each module to check learning
- A checklist at the end of each module to confirm activities completed
- Submit an action plan for staff review
With this 24/7 online course you have easy access to the discussion forums and the course materials making it possible to accommodate this course into your personal schedule.
This course and our career-thinking model has been developed by TU Delft's career consultants and educational engineering researchers.
Certificates and CEUs
Professional education course with verified certificate.
The TU Delft Extension School offers Continuing Education Units for this course. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs).
This course is primarily geared towards working professionals, no matter what stage of life you are at. Students nearing graduation are also welcome to participate. No prior knowledge or expertise is needed.
In order to complete your enrollment you will be asked to upload the following document:
- a copy of your passport or ID card (no driver's license)
TU Delft students and PhD candidates pay € 45
If you are currently studying at TU Delft you are entitled to a discount on the course fee.
TU Delft students: please follow these steps to apply your discount:
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- Click on the ENROLL NOW button on the course page
- Enter your discount code and follow the instructions
TU Delft PhD candidates: please contact TU Delft Career Centre first to receive your discount code at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enroll in the course with your discount code and follow the instructions.
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