PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors

Consult the Competence Coach and Project Mentor handbooks, download the necessary documents for coaching, or contact Central Management.

Thank you for joining our PREMIUM community.

PREMIUM is an honours programme for excellent master’s students. This extracurricular programme provides an extra challenge for talented students and prepares them for the labour market, aiming to effectively bridge the gap between study and career.

PREMIUM students work on a project for an external client under the guidance of a project mentor and participate in master classes and workshops. Another important element of the programme is the competence coaching. All students work and reflect on the development of their competences with their competence coach.

On this website you will find the handbook for Project Mentors and Competence coaches, which provides you with useful information about the programme. You will also find more information about the PREMIUM training programme for coaches and mentors.

We wish you an inspiring PREMIUM experience!

The role of the Mentor & Coach

The role of the PREMIUM Project Mentor

What do we expect from Mentors?

Throughout PREMIUM, the project mentor will support the team in planning, developing, communicating with the client, and completing the assignment. The project mentor is responsible for the content part of the project and the process, whilst the competence coach is responsible for the team dynamics and the (inter)personal skills of the students.

  1. the main concern of the PREMIUM project mentor should be the student’s learning experience;
  2. steering and guiding the group to the agreed upon assignment;
  3. helping the team in drawing up an action plan, setting a timeline, milestones and defining the final product;
  4. functions as an intermediate between client and students when the scope of the project requires re-definition and can provide support to the students in negotiation processes with the client;
  5. assists the students in their communication with the client (expectation management) and, at the end of the project, asks the client for feedback on the team performance;
  6. initiates and chairs the team’s kick-off meeting and midterm reflective practitioner meeting, as well as the closing reflective meeting.

At the end of PREMIUM the project mentor will grade and assess individual and team performance based on at least the following and more criteria:

  • Participation (effort, time and energy put into project execution and teamwork);
  • Courage to experiment with new ideas and behaviour;
  • Reflective determination to improve the team process;
  • Professional behaviour.

The role of the PREMIUM Competence Coach

What do we expect from Coaches?

The PREMIUM competence coach is responsible for the coaching of students in the development of a specific competency that was chosen by the student him/herself (e.g. leadership, communication, stress management, time management, assertiveness, or networking).  The coach is also going to work with the students on the team dynamics of the whole group. Whilst the project mentor is responsible for the content part of the project and the process, the competence coach is responsible for the team dynamics and the (inter)personal skills of the students.

Your responsibility as a competence coach lies in coaching your students during the PREMIUM project, to help identify the competency they like to work on, to invite them to reflect on their current way of going about this competency, and to invite and encourage them to experiment with new behaviour, attributes, skills, and knowledge. This process between student and coach is strictly confidential and you are kindly asked to make this explicit in the first meeting. Finally, you are expected to give an overall evaluation of your findings with regard to the students’ process to the student in the last meeting.

At the end of PREMIUM, the competence coach will grade and assess the individual performance of each student in the coaching process based on at least the following and more criteria:

  • participation (effort, time and energy put into coaching);
  • courage to experiment with new ideas and behaviour;
  • reflective determination to grow and expand self-knowledge;
  • the quality of student’s PDP;
  • professional behaviour.

Handbook & Documents

PREMIUM Handbook

Project Mentors & Competence Coaches

Download Documents

Find everything you need to fulfil your role as PREMIUM Mentor or Coach.

Training Programme Coaches & Mentors

Every year, PREMIUM organizes a special training programme for Coaches and Mentors, aimed at providing everyone with the knowledge and tools required for PREMIUM.

We would like to point out that we highly appreciate everyone’s attendance at these events since it assures a high level of Project Mentorship and Compentence Coaching during the PREMIUM programme. Next to that, these events also bring Coaches and Mentors together to share thoughts and experiences.

We will award an official PREMIUM certificate to all Coaches and Mentors that have attended all parts of the programme (in case they have not received this certificate previously).

These trainings may count towards your CPD, depending on your personal development goals, in discussion with your supervisor or manager.

We believe that the mandatory components are necessary for all new Coaches and Mentors to create an effective and enjoyable PREMIUM experience for Coaches, Mentors and students. For experienced Coaches and Mentors there are no mandatory components to the training programme, but of course we hope to welcome you all at the sessions, since it will provide you with new insights and skills, especially now that working with remotely functioning teams is a new trend with new possibilities and challenges.

*In order to be eligible for the PREMIUM Coach/Mentor certificate, new Coaches and Mentors must have attended at least the Introductory Training Day, 3 out of the 4 offered advanced trainings, and two Intervision sessions.

Mandatory introductory meeting

As always, we organize an introductory meeting, prior to the PREMIUM Kick-Off Event (or Mix&Match as we call it), explain all this year’s Coaches and Mentors the exact role of a Coach, Mentor and client and best practices that you may use. We will also further explain the exact to-do’s, the structure of the programme and the content of the handbook.

We also usually highly recommend the attendance of all our Coaches and Mentors during the PREMIUM Kick-Off, to guide students and clients in the process of team formation, and to get to know everyone. Please keep an eye on your UM-email for more information.

When: Wednesday, January 11th, 17:00-18:00 hrs.

Where: Hotel Van der Valk Maastricht

An invitation via email will be sent to all Coaches and Mentors.

Mandatory introductory training day

All new Coaches and Mentors are requested to attend this day of training during which they will participate in a workshop on introduction to coaching techniques (for new Coaches) as well as a workshop on team dynamics (for new Coaches and new Mentors). New Mentors will receive a training on how to guide students during Project Based Working.

During these workshops, new Coaches and Mentors will be handed the tools they need to perform their tasks within PREMIUM.
Experienced Coaches and Mentors that like to refresh their knowledge are also welcome to attend. For Mentors for example, the Double Diamond method will be incorporated for the very first time.

When: Thursday, January 12th, 09:30-16:30 hrs.

Where: EDLAB, Tapijn building X

Itinerary:
09.30-12.30 hrs: Introduction to coaching (Coaches)
09.30-12.30 hrs: Project Based Working & Double Diamond (Mentors)
12.30-13.30 hrs: Lunchbreak
13.30-16.30 hrs: Team dynamics (for Coaches and Mentors)

Please sign up for these sessions for NEW mentors and coaches.

Project Mentors: https://edlab.nl/slottr/premium-training-new-mentors/

Competence Coaches: https://edlab.nl/slottr/premium-training-new-competence-coaches/

Advanced Training for Coaches and Mentors "Guiding gifted students"

We kindly invite all PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors to this training where the possibility will be offered to broaden and deepen your knowledge of Coaching or Mentoring.

For this session, we have requested Anke Smeenk to give a workshop on a current topic, relevant at this stage of your PREMIUM experience.

Topic: “Guiding gifted students”

Giftedness is not merely about being an ‘Einstein’ and having an IQ score >130. Among students as well as among teachers confusion exist about giftedness. There is no clear definition, while there are many assumptions about giftedness, like the idea that a student should only achieve high grades and never get stuck at university. In fact, giftedness is not only mental acuity or cognitive ability, but it is a set of characteristics, including also sensitivity, doubt and setting (too) ambitious bars.

Although gifted students mention the same problems as their peer students, an extra layer of complexity is added because of these characteristics and this can influence their personal well-being and academic performance in a negative way.

Understanding of these layers by themselves and by the people in their environment like tutors/teachers/mentors, will support gifted students to develop and use their talents and learn them how to thrive in (academic) life.

After participating in this session, you will:
…have an alternative framework regarding stereotypical thinking about giftedness.
…have insight into the different struggles and associated underlying processes that gifted people may encounter.
…understand which aspects may support gifted students and how you as a mentor/tutor/teacher etc. can be of value in the guidance of these students.

When: Monday 30.01.2023, 13:00-16:00 hrs.

Where: EDLAB, Tapijn building X

Please sign up for this session, via this link

Non-Mandatory “PREMIUM Intervision Session”

We kindly invite all PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors to these sessions, which are aimed to exchange experiences, ask questions, discuss team issues and network.

When:
Wednesday February 15th;
Thursday March 16th;
Tuesday May 9th.

Itinerary:

15:00-15:15 hrs: Welcome
15:15-17:30 hrs: Intervision techniques and session

We will send you an Outlook invitation in due time.

Advanced Training for Coaches and Mentors "Fostering resilience in high-performing students"

We kindly invite all PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors to this training where the possibility will be offered to broaden and deepen your knowledge of Coaching or Mentoring.

For this session, we have requested Adina Petre from MyInsights to give a workshop on a current topic, relevant at this stage of your PREMIUM experience.

Topic: “Fostering resilience in high-performing students”

What motivates a student to engage in high performing activities and enroll in excellence programmes? And how can you, as a mentor or coach provide the adequate support for your students to keep delivering excellent academic results?

These questions are the focus of this workshop led by Adina Petre – a Clinical Psychologist and High Performance coach with over a decade of experience in working with people in her private practice, Insights. As a UM collaborator, Adina has been working with EDLAB in the past 7 years, providing both students and staff with knowledge and support in their efforts to deliver high academic performance.

By attending this workshop you will learn how to better understand the psychological profile of your students, the obstacles and hurdles that impact their motivation for group work, and you’ll take away some leads on how to further provide guidance and support to your teams so that they perform to the best of their capacity.

When: Tuesday 28.02.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs.

Where: EDLAB, Tapijn building X

Please sign up for this session, via this link

Advanced Training for Coaches and Mentors "The undercurrent in teams"

We kindly invite all PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors to this training where the possibility will be offered to broaden and deepen your knowledge of Coaching or Mentoring.

For this session, we have requested Eric Koenen from Doorwerth Groep to give a workshop on a current topic, relevant at this stage of your PREMIUM experience.

Topic: “The undercurrent in teams”

It is common knowledge that there is a lot more going on in teams than what is on the formal agenda. Team dynamics are invisible patterns of behavior that strongly influence the visible performance of a team. If you want to be an effective team leader, you need to get to grips with this otherwise elusive phenomenon.

Since the undercurrent is a largely invisible phenomenon we simply have to assume its existence. The undercurrent cannot be grasped or measured, yet it can a have a strong impact on team behavior and on the emotions of team members. Anyone who has ever been pushed out of a group knows how real that feels. And the glass ceiling in organizations has never been photographed, yet it has stopped many from advancing their careers. Once you try to discuss it, you may quickly drown in a swamp of individual abstractions, emotions and attitudes. So how can you talk about it with your PREMIUM team, how can you get a grip on this undercurrent as a coach or mentor?

When: Wednesday 22.03.2023, 10:00-12:30 hrs.

Where: EDLAB, Tapijn building X

Please sign up for this session, via this link

Advanced Training for Coaches and Mentors "Harassment in the workplace: the role of mentors and coaches in supporting students"

We kindly invite all PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors to this training where the possibility will be offered to broaden and deepen your knowledge of Coaching or Mentoring.

For this session, we have requested Juliette Sanchez-Lambert to give a workshop on a current topic, relevant at this stage of your PREMIUM experience.

Topic: “Harassment in the workplace: the role of mentors and coaches in supporting students”

Entering the work force is for students a unique, exhilarating and daunting moment. Student placements such as the ones offered by the Premium programme are a unique opportunity to learn and earn competences. Whether it’s their first work experience or not, they may face difficulties during their placement that will impact their wellbeing and their career. Harassment may be one of them.

Students, interns and entry-level workers are more at-risk of harassment: because they are new to the environment and are not sure how to behave, because they want to prove themselves and therefore not “make a fuss”, or simply because power relations make it difficult to speak up about difficulties they may face. Although metoo has improved the understanding we have of harassment and its prevalent, for many it is still unclear how it looks like and how to detect it.

With that in mind, Premium coaches and mentors have the duty to know how harassment look like so they can detect problematic situations, listen actively to students and support them if need be.

In this training, we will talk about:

how to identify harassment and be aware of its warning signs using the Red Flag System developed in Period’s “It’s Not That Grey” guide[1]
what to do when a student confides in a mentor or coach about a potential harassment situation
concrete tools, methods and procedures to follow as a mentor and coach who is informed or witnessing harassment
The training will mix theoretical input and practical exercises, with time for participants to ask questions and share experiences.

It is hosted by Juliette Sanchez-Lambert, one of the authors of the guide “It’s Not That Grey”.

When: Wednesday 05.04.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

Where: EDLAB, Tapijn building X

Please sign up for this session, via this link

Questions regarding coaching or mentoring?

As a competence coach or project mentor, you might sometimes be in need of some collegial advice. Are you not sure how to handle a certain issue in your PREMIUM team, suggestions on how to get that student to open up or tips on how to organize your team dynamics meeting.

For those questions, our certified trainers and coaches are more than willing to be your soundingboard and sparring partner. Feel free to contact them.

Susanne Maris

Coach, trainer and owner Maris et al


René Hartman

Trainer and Owner Innovatiewerkplaats


Adina Petre

Coach, trainer and owner MyInsights


Renée Speijcken

Educator, Coach, Senior Policy Advisor, Senior Project manager, Evaluator (MGSoG)


Why being a PREMIUM coach or mentor is awesome!

Besides of the compensation of hours and the appreciation of the students, being a PREMIUM competence coach or project mentor is awesome! Don’t just take our word for it. See what previous coaches and mentors thought of participating in PREMIUM.

Lijsbeth Bruens – Competence Coach

“I enjoyed most that the students dared to open up with me and trusted my coaching”

Dominique Waterval – Competence Coach

“The personal conversation which students appreciated and were used by them as a source of reflection”

Robert Ciuchita – Project Mentor

“I would be happy to take part in PREMIUM again as a mentor.”

Questions for PREMIUM Central Management?

Please feel free to contact PREMIUM

Are you interested in being a PREMIUM Competence coach or Project mentor?

For the coaches: please inform the central programme management for PREMIUM by using the contact button, if you are interested in becoming a coach (in the period January-June). Please also inform us about the number of students you are willing to coach.

For the mentors: please inform your faculty coordinator if you are interested in mentoring a PREMIUM project. And, if you would have a great idea for a PREMIUM project, this is of course also possible. Please contact your faculty coordinator to discuss your ideas.