The Career Coach project is underway
Career Coach is a mentoring project that the Prospera Association, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Milan, organizes for students of the last 2 years of the Economic Sciences and Business Management department – Markets and Business Strategies. The project, which will be presented to students on March 1st, is in its fourth edition and aims to support students who join the initiative for a period of about 3 months, helping them to orient themselves in the phase of entry into the world of work. It is aimed at students whose graduation is scheduled for the next year (second year students) and students who will be able to graduate the following year (first year students) with the forecast of 50-70 enrollments overall. The students involved since the beginning of the project are so far 466, the volunteers 340.
Students will be divided into groups of 5-6. Each group will be followed by a mentor for about 3 months. There are 6-8 meetings for each group. Thanks to the results and the commitment of Prospera’s volunteers, the Career Coach program has been included in the official curriculum of the faculty. Among other things, the University, with an independent initiative, has carried out a survey to obtain internal feedback on the project from the students who have participated over the years. The results, which overall are more than flattering. Each mentor will define in detail the work program of his group which will revolve around the fundamental theme: ‘What it means to work in the company and what are the main points of attention when entering the world of work’. At the end of the program each student will present a project work illustrating their plans and expectations. Career Coaching helps people to define professional goals, to identify strengths and weaknesses and to plan the steps to achieve their career , whether it’s going abroad, setting up your own business or working in an Italian company. Through group work, the consultant will lead the participants to work on themselves, developing awareness and responsibility towards the career choices that they will make, respecting their own attitudes, skills and the real needs of the job market.
In parallel to the program illustrated, as already experienced in previous editions, two special projects will be organised: 12 (up to a maximum of 16) candidates from all the students participating in the career coach will be selected to develop two defined projects in two different groups special’. The projects are proposed by companies outside the university and will be based on a real project, a specific need of the proposing company in the marketing and communication areas (but not only). Students will be required to elaborate a series of proposals for the realization of the project. The company will appoint its own contact person who will work alongside the career coach in charge of following up on special projects.
The projects will have to be identified by March 2023 and will be developed in April and May with the final presentations expected at the beginning of June. The implementation methods will be agreed, depending on the type of project, with the reference company contact person. The Prospera Association was established in 2009 by a group of managers with the aim of ‘giving back’ to young people entering the world of work part of what the members have ‘received’ during their professional lives. In its lifetime, Prospera has signed more than 100 partnership agreements (67% have resulted in 115 generic projects) and has implemented around 120 multi-year projects. About 36,000 young people were involved in orientation initiatives, 6,000 young people took part in training projects and 1,100 young people were supported with coaching interventions. In addition, more than 1,000 feasibility studies for start-ups have been followed in the early stages.
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