How myCareerCompanion became Ivana's career guide
Ivana is a student Multilingual Business Communication at UGent. After her Master studies in Philosophy, she started her second master last year. She split this MaNaMa into 2 years, as she combines her studies with a full-time job. She will graduate in 2021 after 7 successful years of study ànd with 2 master's degrees. When looking at her voluntary jobs at the animal shelter, bird sanctuary and Natuurpunt, she might as well have studied veterinary medicine… But becoming a veterinarian is not her ambition. However, what would suit her ambition, was a real question mark for Ivana, and that’s exactly why she created an account on myCareerCompanion.
How and to what extent did myCareerCompanion meet your expectations?
During my second master, I got to know myCareerCompanion, one of the structural partners within our Multilingual Business Communication education. As soon as I heard about the career coaching platform, I wanted to find out what jobs and company cultures would suit me. As I will be doing an internship in my second semester, I was hoping to find out what organizations and jobs would be suitable for my internship.
Let’s go back to the creation of your myCareerCompass profile. How did you experience the 5 questionnaires and their results?
When I was filling in the questionnaires, I was surprised about how fun they were: interactive and varied. Time passed quickly! When reading the results, I was amazed by their accuracy. For instance, I didn’t mention one single moment that I used to do Drama and Speech at the Conservatory, but ‘performing’ was one of my strengths according to myCareerCompass! So I was nicely surprised and it made me start to think of how I can use this professionally. myCareerCompass also teaches me the ‘language’ that is commonly used in the labor market. It made me realize that I had some characteristics that I didn’t value to their full potential, even though they could be very interesting to an employer. For instance, I like to know what people expect me to do and that there is a clear structure. In the platform, this is defined as ‘conventional’, which means that I like to work in a structured way and that I respect authority. This sounds much more positive and I will certainly use this terminology in the future!
"It made me realize that I had some characteristics that I didn’t value to their full potential, even though they could be very interesting to an employer."
Did you recognize yourself in your ideal company culture and suggested dream jobs? Did you expect these, or were there some real eye-openers?
The results were certainly surprising, in the positive sense of the word. Some of the jobs that were listed in my dream jobs, were functions that I never even heard about. I did recognize some of the other job descriptions, but I didn’t realize that they matched with that specific function title.
As I will be starting looking for an internship soon, I was really curious about my ideal company culture! I was not aware of the fact that company culture can be such a determining factor and that you can classify companies according to their company culture. Thanks to myCareerCompanion, I found out that I feel at home in an internally oriented company, where the focus is on teamwork. When I look at my student jobs, I can recognize this completely, but I never thoroughly thought of this before. I can understand now why I felt better in some student jobs than in other ones.
"I was not aware of the fact that a company culture can be such a determining factor and that you can classify companies according to their company culture."
Will myCareerCompass help you in your search for an internship?
Without any doubt! I will certainly keep the importance of a suiting company culture in mind. Plus when I’m asked during my job interview “What exactly would you like to do within communication?”, I know now precisely what I can answer, thanks to the function titles, duties and responsibilities that myCareerCompass shows.
myCareerCompanion also has a myCourses part, next to the myCareerCompass part. What do you think about the courses that you can find here at the moment?
This is certainly an elaborate and interesting range. I followed ‘Discover yourself’ online, which helped me to interpret and understand myCareerCompass better. I also took a look at ‘The power of pitching’ and I was really surprised about the content. I thought that pitching was only used when presenting a product. Now I realize that I do this all the time: on the phone, during events, even at the beginning of this interview. Thanks to this course, I learned how to pitch myself properly, there were some very interesting tips and tricks. The course ‘Become a LinkedIn pro’ is also on my to-do list, I really want to create a strong LinkedIn profile, and I can use some tips to realize this!
"I thought that pitching was only used when presenting a product. Now I realize that you need to do this all the time."
To conclude, what does myCareerCompanion mean to you now and how would you like to use it in the future?
I intend to follow the other courses during the Christmas holidays. The topics looked really interesting to me, but I will need to take my time for this. Next to that, I would like to fill in the questionnaires again at the end of my studies, because I suppose that I will look differently upon things after doing my internship and after graduating, for example on my skills and on the things that give me energy.