The Aims and Benefits of Gaining Professional Experience
The aim of setting up opportunities for our students to acquire professional experience is to enable them to use the theoretical knowledge gained during their studies in practice. In this way, they can find out how the skills they have acquired can be applied in the real workplace. Professional experience helps students choose the kind of professional specialization which will contribute to their employability on the labour market. Gaining professional experience is an integral part of the study program from start to finish, providing a link between theory and practice. The system of professional experience contributes to MVSO´s efforts to strengthen and enhance the employability of graduates and improve the economic status of the region.
Selecting a Professional Experience Provider; Making Preparations
The process starts with students actively showing interest by preparing themselves to enter the working environment, Students, taking into account their fields of studies, specializations, interests and abilities,and also considering the situation at the workplace and the requirements thereof, choose a particular professional experience provider. Making use of the offers of the enterprise partners of the university is one of the options.
A warm-up week is a part of professional experience. During this week, the students are being systematically prepared for the activities at the workplace. They also get acquainted with selected topics in management and economics, enterprise documentation and communication, marketing and grant projects.
Students plan the organisation and timetable of their practical on-site training individually, taking into account their address, field of study, future professional career, interests and abilities and also considering the conditions and requirements of the training organization or enterprise.The student chooses the date of professional experience individually in agreement with the enterprise according to his/her needs, interests, abilities and potential.
Practical Training in Progress
Once in the workplace, they get involved in it and become acquainted with different types of work situations, while adapting to the requirements of a specific profession. While endeavoring to gain professional experience, students gradually acquaint themselves with the activities and the roles of the particular workplace, utilizing the knowledge gained in related subjects during their studies. Students apply their theoretical knowledge and acquire practical skills.
Applying Lessons Learned in Practice to Schoolwork
They then apply the knowledge and skills gained through different work activities to their studies, demonstrating and developing their skills, abilities and knowledge applicable in a working environment, including communicating and solving problems using information technology. Professional experience may also serve as the basis for students’ term papers or theses.
Rules and Regulations for the Professional Experience Program
The practical training of MVSO students is governed by the MVSO Code of Ethics on Student On-Site Practical Training for the purpose of gaining Professional Experience. This Code of Ethics is an important document that includes a set of basic ethical rules binding for all participating MVSO students.
During the course of professional practice, students gradually become familiar with the activities and missions of the workplaces of individual companies in connection with knowledge they have gained during their studies of the profiled subjects. Theory is put into practice as practical skills are gained and improved.
The dates of the professional experience are arranged by the students themselves on an individual basis to best fit the needs, interests, capabilities and possibilities of both sides.
An integral component of professional practice are so-called propedeutic weeks during which students are systematically prepared in a goal-oriented manner for their stay at the workplace. At the same time, students are familiarized with selected themes of management and economics, company documentation and communication, marketing and subsidized projects.
Each student´s professional experience program is carried out on the basis of an Professional Experience Agreement, which addresses all the requisites which ensure that the professional experience program runs smoothly. The agreement does not give rise to any cost commitments between the participating parties.
The system for the provision of professional experience to MVSO students is managed by the Counselling and Career Center, which sets the content and orientation of the work experience to be gained, provides methodological support for students as well as for their contractual workplaces, sets up cooperation with enterprise partners and carries out the administration of the database of employers and facilitates communication between students and business partners. Further, the CCC promotes the program on the project website and in the MVSO journal, organises workshops in order to specify the content of the particular professional experience and, in cooperation with individual workplaces, provides evaluation of the course of the professional experience completed by the student.
The duration of professional experience within the Bachelor’s degree programme Economics and management is as follows:
MVSO takes into consideration the professional experience of students in the combined form of studies who currently work for an employer or run a business. Such students, just as students in the full-time form of studies, still produce the required outcome relevant for professional experience in the given year of study.