Another former student of the “Career Management” course, Fani Sentinella-Jerbić, shared her experience of the course. Find out what Fani thinks about the course and why this wasn’t just another course for her.
“The beginning of October and the new academic year begins. I was already thinking about signing up for a course over the summer, and when the registrations opened, a cute application survey convinced me: What song best describes you?, Describe yourself in 3 words. – I knew that this won’t be your run-of-the-mill course.
I chose this course for several reasons. Firstly, as a third-year student, I felt lost about the upcoming choice of major in graduate study. I had the impression that everyone at FER knew exactly what they were doing and how they were going to get where they wanted to be. I wanted to get an insight into some of my strengths and inclinations so that I could be one of them. I also wanted to improve my business skills to be more competitive when applying for jobs.
The difference in this year’s course compared to previous years was that almost everything took place online. Despite the circumstances, the lecturers tried to create a warm atmosphere. To do this, we all had to have our cameras on, which was a bit of a nuisance at first until we got used to it and realised the many advantages. Since we couldn’t see each other live, it contributed to a sense of community that we could at least see our colleagues on the screen, which isn’t the case in normal lectures where only the professor speaks.
During the semester, we covered many topics, from defining our values and career goals, to practical tasks such as writing CVs and cover letters, to some of the issues we encounter when we start working, such as labor law and corporate communication. I liked talking about these topics because it made them normal for me and now I don’t see them as something scary but as normal.
However, what unexpectedly proved to be even more valuable than the material I received during the course was the insight into the opinions and perceptions of the other students. Through them I learned a lot about myself and others and that not everything is always as I see it. While listening to the experiences of other students, I also realised that it’s okay not to know exactly what you want, but to actively seek it anyway. Thanks to the aforementioned sense of community, this is one of the few courses at FER where I didn’t feel like a number. The lecturers always encouraged us to get involved and get out of our comfort zone, which ultimately proved very fruitful. You could always get an opinion or advice from someone.
I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants to feel more confident in a business environment, who wants to find out how to present their skills or who wants to meet new colleagues.
Join the group of students who want to learn how to manage their careers and register for the “Career Management” course by 3 October.