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Young Professionals (traineeship)

Job description

COME AND WORK AT THE ULTIMATE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE-FIRST UNIVERSITY AND BE PEPARED FOR A TOP POSITION

TOP TALENT PROGRAMME
Would you like to use your energy, innovative insights and approach to help further develop the most enterprising university in the Netherlands? Would you like to contribute to and participate in innovation and culture change within this organisation? Then we are looking for you! As a trainee with the faculties and policy service departments of the University of Twente (UT) you will help devise and develop projects in the services we provide for our students, and the university's researchers and lecturers and at the same time be prepared for a top position, possibly at the university.

WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THIS TRAINEESHIP AT THE UT?
During this two-year traineeship, you will twice switch between different  business units (e.g. HR, Campus & Facility Management, Strategy & Policy business units) and/or faculties (e.g. Engineering Technology or Behavioural, Management & Social Science) within the UT. The projects during your traineeship will also vary from devising, developing and implementing new initiatives and contributing to policy planning to improving existing processes. Your keen eye and fresh approach will enable the UT to apply innovative insights and ideas throughout its operations.

Besides your own assignment with a particular service department or faculty, you and your fellow Young Professionals will work on a joint assignment for the UT as part of Shaping 2030, the new strategy.

WHAT DOES THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME INVOLVE?
It will obviously involve more than completing the assignments for your employer. You will also follow a development programme provided by the UT. This is an intensive programme that you follow together with the other trainees. It will enable you to benefit most from both your professional and your personal development.

Throughout the two years of your traineeship you will spend four hours a week on your professional and personal development. You will take courses aimed at acquiring skills that you will need for your work at the UT and in your further career, but there will also be plenty of focus on your personal development. You will have regular meetings with a mentor and a coach, for example. In addition, you will participate in peer review meetings with your fellow Young Professionals, during which you will reflect on your assignment and any problems you encounter.

After completion, you may be able to stay at the UT as a young professional if a suitable opportunity is available at the time. This is not the primary intention however. Usually, after completing the Young Professional programme, you would go to work for another organisation to gain broader experience. To ensure as smooth a transition a new position as possible, the last part of the development programme includes career orientation.

Your profile

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

FOR THIS TRAINEESHIP THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE IS LOOKING FOR TALENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT TO SET THE ORGANISATION IN MOTION.

You are a positive, enthusiastic connector, both a thinker and a doer. For this specific traineeship we also consider the following important:
You: 

  • Have an academic Master's degree (completed no later than 1 September);
  • Have good written and oral language skills in both English and Dutch, with at least B1 level Dutch and C1 level English;
  • Have up to 2 years working experience;
  • Are capable of launching and completing your own initiatives;
  • Have made an impact during or after your studies, on a social initiative, for example, by setting up a business or other ancillary activity;
  • Believe in yourself but also have good self-reflection skills;
  • Have the right combination of administrative sensitivity and perseverance and are aware of your place within the organisation.

Lastly, we feel it is important to say that everyone is welcome. We enjoy learning from each other and believe that we grow best if we grow together. That is why we are open to people of all backgrounds, faiths, skin colours, with or without a disability and regardless of any letter of the LGBTQIA you may feel connected to. 

International candidate?
Are you an international candidate? In that case, you must hold a valid work visa at the start of this traineeship (1 September 2021).

You will find all related matters under 'internationalisation’ in the HR services catalogue.

Our offer

  • A gross monthly salary of €2.790,-;
  • A 40-hour working week, which also includes your development programme;
  • 41 days holiday leave;
  • End-of-year bonus of 8.3%
  • After one year you will switch to a different assignment;
  • Other benefits include work-from-home facilities such as an office chair or a large monitor, laptop, telephone and reimbursement of travel expenses.

Supervision
As a Young Professional you will have one manager per assignment. You will also have one mentor who will monitor your progress throughout the entire period and be your designated contact. You will also have the option of using an external coach who will not specifically assess the content but can advise on personal development.
The aim is to give everyone the opportunity to get to know the organisation while maintaining their individuality. Creating room for adjustment and personal insight. 

Information and application

HAVE WE SPARKED YOUR ENTHUSIASM? SET OUT BELOW ARE FOUR QUESTIONS TO HELP ASSESS WHETHER YOU ARE THE PERFECT CANDIDATE FOR THIS TRAINEESHIP.

  1. What is your experience of and/or affinity with working at an organisation such as the University of Twente?
  2. What are you proud of?
  3. What impact have you made and how did you approach that?
  4. What can you offer this traineeship, as a person? In short: what can you offer the UT?

Please submit your application up until the 5th of June 2021 at the latest (choose ‘apply now’ below). Do not forget to answer the above 4 questions in your motivational letter and to also attach your CV.

  1. We will contact you within one week of receipt of your application. If we invite you for a preliminary interview, it will be conducted online. This will consist of an interview with a future UT colleague (the first half hour) and, if this was positive, you will then speak with either Kim Verwijmeren (in-company programme manager) or Maxime Kool (YSE recruitment & selection advisor) for another half hour.
  2. If this is also positive, you will complete an online competency test before the final round takes place.
  3. The final round is scheduled to take place on 10 June at U Parkhotel.
  4. The start date for this traineeship is 1 September 2021. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Recruitment & Selection partner YSE via Whatsapp (+31 6 36010936) or by calling +31 (0)30 22 73 325. Or attend our coffee date on 14 & 30 April!

About the department

THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE (UT) HAS ENTERED THE NEW DECADE WITH AN AMBITIOUS, NEW VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGY.

As "the ultimate people-first technical university", the UT is rapidly expanding its High-Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role that plays in society.
Everything the UT does is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. The UT wants to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through its open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude.  This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in all the UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains:  Personalised 'healthtech'; Intelligent manufacturing systems; Smart materials; The digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

Advantages of being a Young Professional at the UT

  • Contribute directly to solutions for our society
  • Do varied work with world-class teams and facilities
  • Enjoy a beautiful, green and excellently equipped working environment every day
  • Show initiative and make your own decisions in an enterprising climat.

View all our vacancies, read more about working at the UT or visit our Centre for Training and Development (CTD).

About the organization

The Human Resources service department plays a proactive and facilitating role at University of Twente, supporting the Executive Board, faculties, institutes and service departments. HR contributes to the optimisation of the entire professional field of human resources. Its top priorities include the further development and implementation of a wide-ranging, modern set of HR instruments (including digital tools).
In the years ahead, HR will also focus on themes such as the university's new Shaping 2030 strategy, recruitment, well-being, talent (including the new strategic orientation on recognition and appreciation in academic education and research), and continuously upgrading our ‘HR basics'. The tasks belonging to HR are carried out by its Advice, Policy and Services departments.
As an employer, the HR service department offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Young Professionals (traineeship)
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