Common advisor/advisee work tools

The first year at the University involves certain challenges. The advisor's help during this time may focus on:

  • Ensuring you have good study skills: as a starting point, you can complete this questionnaire. Think about it and if you want, share it with your advisor.

  • Integration in the University: one of the advisor's roles is to provide you with the information you need to become integrated in the University: your identity and core values. The advisor can provide you with informative material and address any matters of interest.

  • Professionals from day one: being a university student involves a way of being, presenting yourself and behaving. These translate into specific attitudes that prepare you for your future professional life. It's not just a case of establishing general rules; these aspects must be incorporated through personal development, sometimes with the help and support of the advisor.

  • Involvement and participation: culture, sports, solidarity and the various activities carried out on campus are ingrained in university life. In your journey through the University, the habit of knowledge and academic reflection are important, but so is the university experience, through activities that allow you to build relationships with other university students with whom you share common interests. Your advisor can help you uncover this experience. It won't distract you from your studies; on the contrary, it will enhance them.

Career aptitude tests are objective tests developed by the University of Navarra Business Foundation that are available on the intranet. They are an objective tool for measuring skills and help identify areas for improvement. Using the results, which are confidential, you and your teacher can consider plans of action aimed at acquiring the skills and abilities you will need in the short term.

An alternative to carrying out the career aptitude tests is providing you with information on skills in order to allow you to identify any aspects you wish to develop.

Along with your advisor, you can examine seven specific aspects to help define your career plan:

  • Defining the area of work: the fields of the profession that interest you.

  • Establishing your personal preferences (country, level of dedication).

  • Specifying the work characteristics considered appropriate for your career opportunities, genuine possibilities, strong points (research, teaching, management).

  • Studying the job market: it may be useful to research the demand in the area of work that interests you.

  • Identifying the job you would like to do: what kind of tasks and work are you interested in carrying out?

  • Learning about the demands of the job. Find out about the requirements for the job (knowledge, abilities, languages, previous experience, etc.) and whether or not you are sufficiently qualified.

  • Define the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your career goal. If your level of training does not match the requirements for the job that interests you, you can formulate a training plan to reach the level required, perhaps by studying languages, carrying out a master's degree or joining the Program for Initiation to the Business World (PIE).

During your interviews with your advisor, it's a good idea to consider your reasons for carrying out an internship and what kind of company you'd like to work at.

If you haven't already done so, you can carry out career aptitude tests to define the skills you'll need to undertake an internship; alternatively, your advisor can provide you with information on them so that you can identify the aspects you need to develop. 

Once you have undertaken your internship, you and your advisor can address some matters by way of assessment:

  • Did you have an overall view of the work carried out at the company or, on the contrary, did you feel that what you did was somewhat isolated and had nothing to do with the rest of the company?

  • Was your work profile well defined? Did you receive advice and supervision from anyone?

  • Did you look for solutions to any problems that arose? Did you have to develop creativity or generate new ideas in any of the activities you carried out?

  • Did you work hard and consistently? Did you leave any objectives unfulfilled?

  • Did you comply with the work timetable or did you have problems doing so?

  • Did you encounter any difficult situations or conflicts? How did you deal with them?

  • Did you face the work enthusiastically and optimistically, or did you focus on problems and difficulties from the outset?

  • Did you find it difficult to adapt to: the work team, environment, timetable and the activities you had to carry out?

  • Had you set any targets during the internship period? What were they? How did you try to achieve them?

  • Did you have to express your opinion on any subject? Were you able to defend it?

  • How would you rate this internship in terms of your theoretical knowledge and that which the company required? How about the practical knowledge?

  • How would you rate the development of professional skills in your degree program and at the University? Do any of them need more development?

  • Would you recommend this internship to your classmates?

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