What path should one take after graduating from university? How to find your place on the labour market? Where to seek the courage and knowledge needed to start one’s own business? How to write a CV and a motivation letter? Students from Ukraine’s Chernvitsi University are no longer alone in their search for the answer to these and other questions linked to their future: they can now seek assistance in the University Career Centre, established in 2012.
The goal of the project’s organizer was to enable the professional activation of men and women, in particular graduate students, from the Chernvitsi region in south-west Ukraine. They idea was inspired by the Academic Career Centre operating alongside the Krakow University of Economics. The objective was to create a job advice centre for students, focusing on entrepreneurship, a place to hold workshops and meetings, provide psychological advice, and let students play the role of hosts and co-creators of the project.
The first step was to convince university officials and academics of the need to establish the Centre. Local business leaders, authorities, public servants, and regional media were also exposed to the idea. The next step was to prepare the staff responsible for setting up and running the Centre. A study visit to Krakow was organized, during which participants learned about the various forms of support for students and persons entering the labour market, in particular the Academic Career Centre.
After that, a series of pilot workshops and meetings were held with students, academic staff, and persons entering the labour market. Internships were organized for the people running the Centre, during which participants were acquainted with the functioning of career centres in Krakow; they also learned how to organize career fairs and cooperate with all of the entities involved in building the job market. Moreover, two handbooks were published, entitled “Effective ways of seeking jobs” and “Mobile student” which served as didactic manuals and student guides.
The crowning of the project efforts was the provision of equipment, creating a website and opening the office of the University Career Centre. Currently the Centre has access to a workshop and conference room and a separate room that serves as a consultation and advisory point.
The project entitled “University Career Centre as a form of professional activation of men and women on the eve of their entry onto the labour market” was implemented by the Malopolska Regional Agency for Energy and Environmental Management in Krakow, with the total cost amounting to PLN 128,758, including MFA funding of PLN 113,827.