Career Center of UP at the FestINNo 2020, the Festival of Innovation.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Career Center of UP participated with two events on FestINNo - first with e-implementation of Workshop: Make Your Dreams Happen, and with an online discussion: Students and young graduates in companies - burden or added value?


Workshop Make Your Dreams Happen is one of the permanent workshops offered by KC UP and was implemented by Hana Skrt and Blanka Palčič. It is intended for everyone who would like to find out more about his own behaviours and characteristics. In KC UP everyone could learn about this by using the Personal and Professional Development Questionnaire. Through the workshop, participants had also identified their interests and wishes about their professional career after graduation. They were learning about skills of recognizing their own competencies, which is always a great help in planning ones future career and searching a job. The workshop was attended by 25 participants who, with the questionnaire, delved into their characteristics and learned about the new web portal of KC UP, named Splet-išče, which is designed to development career using various tools.

 In the online discussion Students and young graduates in companies - burden or added value? 66 listeners joined us. We hosted mag. Igor Novak, Human Resources Manager of the Lek Development Center Slovenija. Our university and Lek d.d. are cooperating well for some time now, and Lek also includes many students and young researchers in their work environment, mainly through the Development Center, and so they successfully connecting the academic environment with the economy. Dušan Gošnik, PhD, lecturer and researcher at the UP Faculty of Management was our second guest. The Faculty of Management already has a well-designed system for integrating its students into the business world, which also ensures faster and more successful transfer of modern management knowledge into practice, exchange of experiences and strengthening of mutual long-term cooperation. Mateja Erce, Master of Psychology, who has finished her studies at the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology, was invited as a representative of our graduates. She shared her experiences of her own transition to the job market. Blanka Palčič, head of the Career Center UP, introduce the KC UP activities, with which career center help students and graduates to integrate into different work environments.

Our discussion also focused on identifying the competencies that students and graduates have, as well as those that they should have and are expected by employers. However, we could conclude that the cooperation between the university and the economy has many mutually positive effects and we need and want to continue cooperation in the future.