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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 two modules. Module 1 centres on the question: “What can I expect from my future work field?” This module focuses on topics such as careers, orienting towards your future career, making potentially difficult career choices and dealing with insecurities relating to one’s planning and career path. Module 2 centres on the question: “What does the future work field expect from me?” This module addresses the professional and ethical conduct of the psychologist, as well as a fundamental aspect of a psychologist’s work: their ability to solve problems.

Course objectives

Students work actively on their future career. They learn to discover what they want to achieve and how they can shape their career path. They gain insight into how career paths develop, and learn the importance of analytical and problem-solving skills in a psychologist’s future work field. Students also acquire knowledge and insights that will help them manage their own career and deal with insecurities that may arise. They learn to use scientific theories to analyse practical problems and receive training in dealing with ethical matters.


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 and can substantiate these choices adequately.
(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 and present arguments showing 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 reflection assignments).
Age or work experience alone are not enough to make you eligible for an exemption. Requests for exemption must be submitted prior to the start of the course and have to be properly substantiated.


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

Semester 1: Lectures Work group sessions

Semester 2: Work group sessions



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.

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 Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

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

Esther van Leeuwen, Chirs Verhoeven