PREMIUM Workshops

Find more information about the workshops offered in the PREMIUM programme and sign up for the workshops of your choice. To be able to successfully conclude the programme, you need to have attended the 3 mandatory workshops and at least 3 of the elective workshops (6 workshops in total).

Mandatory Workshops (attend all 3)

Electives (attend at least 3)

Discover Your Competences

This workshop serves as the starting point of your professional development in PREMIUM. Additionally, it serves as a way to kickstart the coaching trajectory. In this workshop, hosted by UM Career Services, you will take a closer look at your strengths, weaknesses, ambitions, and more, in order to define a couple of competencies you would like to work on in PREMIUM. Together with your competence coach, you can then decide on the course you will take in your sessions together.

Homework Assignments

Complete and print the homework assignments below, prior to attending the workshop. In total, preparing for the Discover your Competences workshops should take between 30 and 60 minutes.

Your Workshop Host

UM Career Services

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UM Career Services is a division of the Student Service Center, dedicated to bringing students and the job market closer together. UM CS offers workshops, career guidance, a UM vacancy board, career events, and several other useful opportunities for students.

Please note that attendance at this workshop is strictly mandatory for all PREMIUM participants.

Available Sessions:

  • Thursday, 14.01.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Friday, 15.01.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 18.01.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 19.01.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 03.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 04.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 09.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 10.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 22.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Discover Your Competences” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Introduction to Project-Based Working

This workshop covers the major differences between the theory and practice of working on large-scale projects. Why is it that projects that seem properly organised on paper often run overtime? Why do project documents name a single client, yet in practice there are always many clients? Why do sound design requirements rarely result in a good finished product?

This workshop explores how people work together in practice, and how they overcome the difficulties and problems they encounter in their projects. The focus is on identifying and solving large-scale project problems, identifying why problems happen, and how to prevent them in the future. You learn the basics of project-based working and explore the cutting edge of the topic. The course is interactive, giving you the chance to focus on individual questions.

Homework Assignment

In order to best prepare for this workshop, we highly suggest you read the checklist document below (PDF), written by workshop host Rob Melessen.

Your Workshop Host

Rob Melessen (The Fire Within)


Rob Melessen is founder of ‘The Fire Within’, specializing in educating, training, and coaching of teams and employees in a organisational setting. In his former military career Rob mastered operational leadership skills in extreme circumstances including winter training sessions in Norway. Rob’s knowledge and know-how is based on years of practical field experience in both the governmental and business sectors.

Please note that attendance at this workshop is strictly mandatory for all PREMIUM participants.

Available Sessions:

  • Thursday, 14.01.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Friday, 15.01.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 18.01.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 19.01.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 01.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 03.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 04.02.021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 08.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 09.02.2021, 09:20-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 10.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 11.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 22.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Project-Based Working” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Teamwork & Constructive Communication

You and your fellow team members have just started an exciting new project. In order to deliver good results, you will have to be able to collaborate together in a constructive way. Effective collaboration is a vital condition for team success. Apart from that: working together in a constructive way can be a satisfying experience. Looking back on a pleasant way of working adds up to the team success. These are two important reasons to invest in collaboration skills. When collaborating with your favorite people, you may not need to think too much about how you say and do things. But professional situations do not always involve favorite people. And good collaboration does not occur by itself. You might experience difficulties. Some of these difficulties stem from differences in personalities, communication styles, interests, and perspectives. This workshop focuses on how to identify and handle those difficulties.
This requires not only a good look on the other but also a clear image of your own way of working. The workshop offers a practical introduction to students who recognize the importance of collaboration skills, and are ready to extend the range of options they can choose from when faced with “difficult team members”.

  • About you
    How do you tend to operate in a team? How do you handle conflicts? And what
    other options do you have? Each situation may ask for different strategies. We
    will discuss Thomas- Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, which describes
    different styles of behavior in conflicts.
  • Considering the other
    Take the time to consider your team member. What questions would be useful to
    ask yourself about the other person in order to decide how to respond? We will
    do a mapping exercise in which we make an estimate of people’s motivations
    and perspectives. Special attention is given to interdisciplinary expectations and
    misunderstandings.
  • Action and reaction
    The way you communicate has an effect on how your team member responds.
    How can you increase the likelihood that team members respond in a fruitful
    way? We will work with Leary’s Interpersonal Circle, a model that provides
    insight into different communication styles and the reactions they provoke.
  • Giving and receiving feedback
    So now you know what to do, how will you do this? What can you say to a team
    member in order to solve the situation? You are going to make explicit what you
    are planning to try out and improve in future teamwork.

 

Results

  • The student is more aware of his/her own preferred way of
    communicating and handling conflicts in a team setting.
  • The student is attentive to what reaction his/her behavior may cause in
    other team members.
  • The student feels the importance of placing him/herself in the position
    of other team members.
  • The student is aware of the range of options of communication when
    the team is faced with conflict situations.

Your Workshop Host

Susanne Maris (Maris et al)


Susanne Maris is an experienced trainer and coach, specialized in talent development of high potentials in higher education. Being certified by the Career Management Institute, she works in the top league of coaches in the Netherlands. Also, she is frequently asked by universities to design and lead innovative education projects. In 2003, Susanne graduated in Clinical Psychology as well as Work & Organizational Psychology from the University of Amsterdam. In 2007 Susanne graduated from the Geneva University of Art and Design.

Please note that attendance at this workshop is strictly mandatory for all PREMIUM participants.

Available Sessions:

  • Monday, 01.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 01.02.2021, 17:00-20:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 02.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 02.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 22.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 22.02.2021, 17:00-20:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 23.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 24.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Teamwork & Constructive Communication” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Intercultural Communication Skills

“I’m able to control only that of which I’m aware. Awareness empowers me” – Sir John Whitmore

In order to influence a communication process with integrity, we need to reflect first on our own behaviour in interpersonal and intercultural relations. This masterclass should help students to better understand the impact of (their and other people’s) behaviour, attitude, personality, manner of communication and culture, so as to reach their objectives in multilateral and bilateral negotiations. The session aims at enhancing the capacity of the participants to handle interpersonal and intercultural challenges through using a series of methodological, awareness building and highly practical tools.

It is not always easy to get a message across and convince people of our ideas when they come from the same background. Yet, the challenge is even greater when they have differing values and beliefs, organise their world in alternative ways, communicate and listen differently

This masterclass will help students to understand how the achievement of (negotiating) objectives is affected by behaviour, personality, manners of communication and culture. It provides concrete advice on how to think about your own behaviour, as well as understanding that of our counterparts, in order to improve communication skills, specifically in the context of the interactions within a multicultural environment.

By the end of the session, students will be able to:

  • Better identify the mechanisms of interpersonal and intercultural communication that influence the way people listen to and understand things during negotiations, with a view to creating a climate of trust and credibility;
  • Analyse their own attitudes, reactions and preferences in relation to others;
  • Draw up a list of behavioural parameters to be considered in multicultural, multilateral and bilateral negotiations;
  • Be conscious of the golden rules regarding intercultural communication;
  • Maximise their impact when having the floor and when negotiating informally behind the scenes.

Your Workshop Host

Frank Lavadoux (EIPA)


Frank Lavadoux is Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), in the European Decision Making Unit and responsible for several programmes, including the seminars on European negotiations and on preparation for chairing Council Working parties. He has a degree in marketing, international trade and financial engineering from the University of Paris XII and the Centre de Formation de la Profession Bancaire in Paris.

He started his career in the banking world and then became head of a consultancy firm specialised in human resources, intercultural management and international negotiations. His fields of specialisation mainly concern psychological, behavioural and intercultural aspects but also the role of communication in European decision-making processes. He is qualified in the use of psychological tools such as MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and he is certified licensed training Partner of the LMR Lewis Model and Culture Active assessment.

Since 2004, he is mainly involved in training activities intended for national and European officials and leads consultancy missions at various directorates-general of the European institutions.

Please note that this masterclass is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 elective workshops/masterclasses.

Available Sessions:

  • Friday, 12.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 25.02.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Intercultural Communication” masterclasses will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the masterclass.

Masterclass Current Themes in Leadership

This masterclass is based on the experience of Eric Koenen as a leader and boardroom-consultant in complex national and international organizations and on the content of the books he wrote.

It will focus on the irrational processes and politics in organizations and teams and on how to cope with that in organizational change. Eric Koenen supports his insights with the help of art and film. He will also present a hot issue case and challenge the students to advise him what to do the coming weeks.

Please note that this is a masterclass, not a workshop, and will therefore be inspiring and educational, though not so much interactive.

Your Workshop Host

Eric Koenen (Doorwerthgroep/Academie voor Interventiekunde)


Eric Koenen has a background in behavioural science and business. He has worked at Philips and Price Waterhouse Coopers, and was a member on the board of Cofely Suez (previously GTI nv) in the Netherlands for almost a decade. During that time he started and led an integrated change process. His strategy was to invite and connect all talents in the organization and focus them on a common goal. Eric has written several books on leadership and organizational change.

Please note that this masterclass is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 elective workshops/masterclasses.

Available Sessions:

  • Monday, 22.03.2021, 14:00-16:00 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 21.04.2021, 14:00-16:00 hrs.

All “Current Themes in Leadership” masterclasses will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the masterclass.

Design Thinking

How to think like a designer? Why is Design Thinking valuable for your Premium project?

This workshop is based on the principles of Design Thinking as defined by Stanford University:
‘a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines’.

We often rely on how the problem has been approached in the past, this can impair the team’s ability to see the problem with fresh eyes. This is where Design Thinking comes in. The workshop will give an overview of the Design Thinking methodology and you will be able to experience Design Thinking with a practical case.

During the workshop, we will go through each of the 5 stages of the Design Thinking process: empathy, definition, ideation, prototype, and test. For each stage, we will show and use several tools in order to achieve the best results. To get acquainted with the process we will use a specific case, and you will be co-working in small teams. We will conclude the workshop by exchanging tips and tricks on how to use the specific instruments of Design Thinking for your Premium project.

Your Workshop Host

René Hartman (Innovatiewerkplaats)


René has a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University, worked in industry (e.g. General Electric Plastics, Ericsson), at the Free University Amsterdam (setting up spin-off companies) and consultancy (Innovation Centres) before he started his own consultancy company in 2004. René is co-founder of Innovatiewerkplaats and trainer for the Flemish COCD, Centre for Development of Creative Thinking. René’s passion is at the fuzzy front end of innovation, how to find new directions for strategy and business. He has a lot of experience training innovation teams at e.g. Philips, Schiphol, Microsoft, and at several universities and cities.

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Friday, 05.03.2021, 09:30-13:00 hrs;
  • Thursday, 11.03.2021, 09:30-13:00 hrs;
  • Monday, 12.04.2021, 13:30-17:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 13.04.2021, 09:30-13:00 hrs.

All “Design Thinking” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of the most compelling books ever written by Stephen R. Covey, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, have empowered and inspired readers for over 30 years and played a part in the transformation of millions of lives, across all age groups and professions.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People aligns timeless principles of effectiveness with modern technology and practices.
No matter how competent a person is they will not have sustained and lasting success, unless they are able to effectively lead themselves, influence, engage and collaborate with others and continuously improve and renew their capabilities. These elements are at the heart of personal, team and organizational effectiveness.

During this workshop, students will be introduced to the 7 Habits via an intensive, practical workshop that fits the principles of effectiveness both for professional life and for personal development.

  • Habit 1 “Be proactive”:  Participants will focus and act on what they can control and influence, instead of what you can’t.
  • Habit 2 “Begin with the end in mind”: Participants will define clear measures of success and a plan to achieve them.
  • Habit 3 “Put first things first”: Participants will prioritize and achieve their most important goals, instead of constantly reacting to urgencies.
  • Habit 4 “Think win-win”: Participants will collaborate more effectively by building high-trust relationships.
  • Habit 5 “Seek first to understand then to be understood”: Participants will influence others by developing a deep understanding of their needs and perspectives.
  • Habit 6 “Synergize”: Participants will develop innovative solutions that leverage diversity and satisfy all key stakeholders.
  • Habit 7 “Sharpen the saw”: Participants will increase motivation, energy, and work/life balance by making time for renewing activities.

Your Workshop Host

Glenn Vergoossen (FranklinCovey Benelux)


Glenn is a trainer & consultant at FranklinCovey Benelux. He is co-author of the book Leiderschap in Loyaliteit (Leading Loyalty) and host of the NR.1 Dutch podcast about public speaking called “Over Spreken Gesproken”. In addition, he works with a wide variety of teams and groups in order to create a behavioral change. He’s operating in the fields of leadership development, effectiveness and performance improvement. Trust, humor and high energy are key values in his workshop. His tribute statement: I won’t teach people how to build a boat, instead I’ll let them desire the sea.

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Monday, 15.03.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 16.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 15.04.2021, 17:30-20:30 hrs;
  • Friday, 16.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Speed Reading

People spend a lot of their time reading: students and knowledge workers alike. Weird enough we are not aware of how we read, why we wander off and what we can do to read better and faster. The adult reads with a speed of 200 to 250 words a minute and comprehends approximately 60% of what he is reading. With some practical tools and insights it is possible to double the reading speed without losing any text comprehension.

In this workshop you get a better insight in your own reading and information processing skills and learn how to double your reading speed and increase text comprehension in a practical and effective way.

The main focus of this workshop is to:

  • Get valuable insights in the attention process during reading.
  • Learn efficient reading strategies and techniques.
  • Gain insight in inhibitions and distractions during reading combined with effective ways to tackle them.
  • Learn practical tools to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Practice with exercise texts to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Track progress in reading speed and text comprehension.

The only way to learn speed reading is by actually doing it. That is why practicing is the main focus of this workshop. Reading exercise texts, tracking your reading speed and text comprehension is therefore the main activity in this workshop.

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.

“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Tuesday, 13.04.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 14.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Speed Reading” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Time Management

If you want to excel it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do more, quantity wise. It foremost means that you deliver better quality. However, of course you really excel when you can do more and do it better.

The problem with our brain is that it needs to be able to focus on the task at hand and that’s hard when there’s so much going on. If you’re stressed, lack a good overview, or your life is just an all-around mess, it’s probably hard to excel at anything.

In order to overcome this, you should:

  • know how your brain works to steer it away from procastination, “multitasking”, and distractions (e.g. a pesky social media habit);
  • know how your brain processes information;
  • streamline all the work that is coming at you (emails, homework, assignments, papers etc.);
  • plan ahead for the large tasks so that you don’t have to do everything at the last moment;
  • keep a good overview of everything on your plate and decide what to focus on.

In the Time-Management workshop we promise you one thing: we are going to cover all of these subjects (and more) in a non-boring fashion. You will be provided with ready-to-use insights and practical tips on how to stay on top of things with the use of the latest insights and technology (you may expect many useful suggestions for how various specific apps can adequately support time management).

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.

“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Thursday, 11.03.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 23.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Time Management” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Contract Negotiation Skills

Congratulations, you’ve found a job! Your employer has invited you for a meeting to discuss your offer.

How do you negotiate your salary? Which aspects do you need to take into account when signing your labor contract? What are the ins and outs of such a conversation? Which fringe benefits, next to salary, might make up your contract? Do you immediately agree to the offer you receive? Does your contract include a notice period or non-compete clause? What does the pension scheme look like? And is your salary offer around the market rate?

These are all questions that will be addressed during the workshop Contract Negotiations. You will get a better overview of all possible aspects of your future labor contract.

Your Workshop Host

Career Academy of the Eindhoven University of Technology


This workshop is being hosted by one of the career advisors from the Career Academy of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The TU/e Career Academy supports every TU/e student in writing his or her professional career story. Within the TU/e Career Academy, career advisors Coby Doreleijers, Robin Eijsermans, Hilde van Esch, Deirdre Homminga, Anouk van den Kerkhof, Linda Scheel and Kyril Vansteenbrugge, are available to support you with setting the right foot steps towards your future career goals.

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Tuesday, 16.03.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 17.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Thursday, 22.04.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Friday, 23.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Contract Negotiation Skills” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Public Speaking

The goal of this session is to understand and practice the most important pillars needed to maximize one`s impact when speaking to an audience. Often we have the most difficulty understanding and interacting with audiences whose preferences are different to our own.

Recognizing these characteristics can help in developing strategies for personal growth and enhanced impact.

This workshop encourages participants to practice the delivery of motivational, serious and trust-building speeches. During these advanced sessions, a big emphasis is placed on emotional expressiveness, body language, and voice coaching.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have understood their communication style and gained awareness on how to connect with various audiences and leave a lasting impression.

Your Workshop Host

Mona Shair-Wloch (Key2Advance)


Mona Shair-Wloch is the founder and principal trainer of key2advance, a coaching, training, career services and internship coordination consultancy. From 2007-2013, she led a high profile internship program at the European Parliament in Brussels for students from all over the world under the patronage of Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament. Since 2010, she secured and coordinated internships for students at multiple universities and has coached recent graduates into finding opportunities that match their skills and interests. She has extensive experience in helping students gain clarity on their target career sector, enhancing their application documents and providing them with necessary skills for a successful school to work transition.

Please note that this workshop is one of the electives PREMIUM offers. Attend a minimal of 3 of the elective workshops.

Available Sessions:

  • Monday, 08.03.2021, 14:00-17:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 16.03.2021, 18:00-21:00 hrs;
  • Thursday, 29.04.2021, 14:00-17:00 hrs;
  • Friday, 30.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Public Speaking”  workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require us to translate our activities online.
You’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Workshop Registration SOS

Please note that you can only sign up for workshops yourselves.
In case you wish to change the timeslot for a certain workshop, or cancel a workshop registration completely, you need to contact this member of PREMIUM Central Management Team.

Fabienne Crombach

PREMIUM Coordinator

043-3884173