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Perspective on Career Planning (POCP) (IBP)


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Perspectief op Carriereplanning

Entry requirements

Students are strongly advised to first follow the first-year Academic Skills Tutorial.


This course consists of three modules. In each module some career related questions are addressed.
1. Career perspectives and orientation on the field of work: In this module, we examine how careers develop. Do they take the form of a straight, continuous line (‘linear’) or do they tend to be more erratic and less predictable (‘non-linear’)? What does the answer to this question imply for my career planning and career orientation? What is the content of the field of work? What will my possibilities be? How can I orientate myself on these possibilities?
2. Self-knowledge: What am I capable of? What do I want? How can I best examine my ambitions and qualities?
3. Expectation of the field of work: What will be expected of me? What is my role in my future field of work? What is ethical behavior? How can I act in an ethical way?

In addition, this course has a mentoring function during the whole academic year.

Course objectives

  • Students develop skills which will enable them to orientate themselves on their future field of work and career, now and in the future.

  • Students acquire scientific knowledge and insight in career development, their own characteristics and qualities, the field of work, and what the field of work will expect from them in the future.

  • Students will be able to make informed decisions with regards to their study.


An exemption from POCP will only be granted in very exceptional situations. Students can be eligible for an exemption if:
(1) They can demonstrate that they have made several career choices in the past.
(2) They are familiar with the professional field of psychologists on the basis of their own experience. In other words, their work experience has included contacts with psychologists.
(3) They can demonstrate that they have been able to learn about themselves (e.g. core qualities, pitfalls, skills & knowledge) and ways to manage their own behaviour (e.g. through a Personal Development Plan, reflection assignments).
Therefore age and work experience alone are not enough to make you eligible for an exemption.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables

Semester 1: Lectures Work group sessions

Semester 2: Lectures Work group sessions Exam



Students need to register for lectures, workgroups and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year of the IBP


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

  • 4 2-hour lectures

  • 9 2 hour seminar sessions

  • 1 introductory meeting with the mentor and 2 mentoring interviews of 30 minutes each.

Assessment method

Every module is concluded with an individual assignment. The course is concluded with an individual final assignment. Attendance, participation and the presence and report of a career event are also assessed. The course will end with an written exam. The final grade is composed of two elements: the seminar grade and the exam grade.

Regulations on grade calculation.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

The reading list will be announced via Blackboard. An example of the articles that need to be studied is:
Mitchell, K. E., Al Levin, S. and Krumboltz, J. D. (1999), Planned Happenstance: Constructing Unexpected Career Opportunities. Journal of Counseling & Development, 77: 115–124. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.1999.tb02431.x

Contact information

Mw. Dr. Esther van Leeuwen