Support for your career
Our goal is to connect new businesses with markets, innovators with enablers, and talented graduates with the organisations looking for their unique skills. All our programmes encourage you to focus on your career and your future from your first day at the Master’s School.
Our programmes offer technical, business and innovation content, hands-on practical work, real-world challenges, and a multi-cultural environment. To help your bring these skills and insights together, the InnoEnergy Career Centre and InnoEnergy CommUnity platform help you maximise your potential and secure the future you want.
Game-changing impact programme
This programme helps you understand how you can make a positive impact on the organisations and teams you go on to work with, as well as the energy sector as a whole.
Lasting 18 months, the game-changing impact programme helps you to:
- Understand how you can make a tangible impact on the industry
- Prepare yourself for the realities of working life
- Have a lasting better impact and make significant contributions from your first day on the job.
During the programme, you will receive individual coaching sessions and continuous feedback on your progress. You get to work on team exercises and real-life examples, and meet business experts. The programme is designed to add depth, context and practical skills to your technical work, enhance your understanding of industry requirements, and boost your CV with highly prized, in-demand skills.
The programme is underpinned by the GC Index® – the first ever assessment tool to identify potential high flyers, and the contributions that each individual can make. The GC Index gives you a clear focus to help you maximise your contribution to the world of work.
Students work in groups, and spend a day developing their proposed strategy. They present their ideas and strategies and take questions from the audience, before their business mentors decide on a winning proposal.
As a student in one of our Master’s programmes, you also become a member of the InnoEnergy CommUnity: a purpose-driven global network of alumni, entrepreneurs, researchers and senior professionals. The InnoEnergy CommUnity is an essential resource to expand your network and connect with like-minded experts in the sustainable energy field.
The InnoEnergy CommUnity offers students and alumni a number of valuable services, including:
Get together with fellow members of the CommUnity to listen to inspiring talks, exchange ideas and knowledge, and to explore mutually beneficial opportunities. The CommUnity Benelux recently hosted an event called, “From Thesis to Start-up.”
Take on a real-life energy challenge and find solutions with fellow CommUnity members by employing your collective brain power and diverse skills to develop new ideas and business models.
Training courses help you build on your existing skills, add greater depth to your knowledge in the energy field, and develop the personal attributes you need to succeed in your chosen field. The Energy Policies workshops are an example.
Hands on experience
Get out of your comfort zone and learn how to adapt to new working environments by exploring and learning from some of the best examples available – our CommUnity members. Check out the Gotland adventure trip to see what awaits you when you engage in the CommUnity.
Our mentors are already senior professionals with plenty of valuable experience under their belts: this is a chance to build a relationship with some of the most innovative and knowledgeable thinkers in the field. Discover a list of current mentors.
The InnoEnergy Career Centre helps you find an internship, a thesis placement, a career boost or even your first job after graduation (see below).
Come together in virtual teams to solve Europe’s biggest energy challenges. Past challenges included the business case challenge solving with Smartivate.
Improve your communication skills by receiving valuable feedback on your blog articles and other written content.
Join the InnoEnergy CommUnity platform here.
“I gave a speech at the CommUnity flagship event, AlumniUnite. I ended up working in a start-up which utilises a roadmap developed by CommUnity members. It was developed during a co-creation session and has been valuable in creating more energy efficient factories.”
Tom Huizer, business developer at Heat Power
“As a CommUnity representative, I organised events, now I help the poorest communities providing energy access in Africa. I find talent for projects I’m working on from the CommUnity and empower members through my blogs about our work.”
Silvia Francioso, scouting coordinator at Devergy
“I recently gave a talk on the “Decoding Clean Energy for All Europeans” to the CommUnity Barcelona and participated in an insightful debate with the members there. Two CommUnity members are even on my staff at Estabanell Energia.”
Santiago Estabanell, CEO at Estabanell Energia
The InnoEnergy Career Centre
The InnoEnergy Career Centre offers a variety of dedicated careers services, which include:
Workshops and webinars
We organise various workshops throughout the year. Typical topics include: ‘How to Find Your Way to Change the Game’ and ‘How to Turn Your Experience of Study Abroad into Career Success’. These workshops and webinars are for both first and second year students at the InnoEnergy Master’s School and for all InnoEnergy PhD School candidates.
One-on-one sessions with a career coach to help you maximise your chances of interview success. During the session, coaches help you prepare for a face-to-face or online interview, by looking at your presentation style and body language and helping you tackle difficult interview questions. They also discuss how best to include and present your InnoEnergy education and the skills you have acquired to a prospective employer – and demonstrate that you are a candidate who will make a difference to their organisation.
Industry career advisers
Through the careers centre, industry experts and recent graduates are available to answer your career-related questions. Industry career advisers’ time is naturally limited, so InnoEnergy emails students about possible time slots.
Personal career coaching
Our graduates can be found working in corporate utilities, small and medium-sized companies, in research and development, pursuing a doctorate or starting their own business.
With so many choices, finding the right career is about more than matching skills and job descriptions. It’s about finding the right kind of organisation for your individual strengths, attributes and qualities. Career coaching at the InnoEnergy Career Centre helps you understand more about what you want from a career, where you want to start and where you want to end up, the type and size of organisation that interests you most, the kinds of environment in which you typically flourish – and the contribution you can make.
There is no universal standard for a CV or résumé. Different countries tend to have different requirements for layout, personal information, photos and supporting application letters.
Throughout the year, the InnoEnergy Career Centre runs CV checking sessions to help you create a CV that is appropriate for the company, the role and the country you are applying in. The goal is to help you show how you can contribute to an organisation and attract attention for all the right reasons.
Partner universities career services
In addition to the services provided by the InnoEnergy CommUnity platform and the InnoEnergy Career Centre, you can also take advantage of the career services and job portals run by our partner universities, as follows:
- Aalto University, Finland – Career Centre
- AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland – Career Center
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands – Career Center, Work at TU/e
- ESADE Business School (ESADE), Spain – Career Services
- Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France – Careers Office
- Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa (IST), Portugal – Employment portal
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany – Job & Career
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium – Employment Service
- Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO) – Career Centre
- Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden – Career Services
- Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Poland – Career Office
- Uppsala University (UU), Sweden – Career Services, Work at UU