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Professional Effectiveness


You have developed insights and skills that you can use in your further career. You are able to proactively realise your personal objectives as a professional.


Block I: Personal leadership

  • Self-management and managing your own time
  • Personal qualities
  • Professional working

Working process: Brief theoretical introductions, alternated with many practical exercises.

Block II:  Professional Communication

  • Essential communicative techniques
  • Skills in common discussion models
  • Social-relational subjects

Working process: Interactive presentations and discussions in small groups. You receive a workbook and formulate an action plan for the coming year.

Block III:  Presenting and profiling

  • Own style of presentation
  • Plan and prepare
  • Practice and perform
  • Profiling

Working process: Presenting is doing. Therefore each participant will hold a presentation of approximately fifteen minutes about a professional subject.

  • Course code


  • Programme is for

    For all PhD candidates and PDEng at the University of Twente.

  • ECTS

    The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 2 ECTS.

  • Date

    Block I: 7, 8 January 2020
    Block II: 30, 31 January 2020
    Block III: 27, 28 February 2020

  • Time

    6 days (3 x 2 days) 9.00-17.00 hrs.

  • Location

    U parkhotel

  • Course fee

    This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department. 

  • Maximum participants

    Maximum 15 participants

  • Trainers

    Cees Harmsen. He is a psychologist, trainer and author specialised in strategies for creating a successful professional career.

  • Course materials

    Course materials will be provided during the training.

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Professional Effectiveness
October 2019
January 2020
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