Your Global Future

This course consists of six sessions which aim to deploy your human capital in a more entrepreneurial way and leverage your international experience and connections as a newcomer.

The academic perspective offers room for reflection on one’s personal qualities and how to find synergy between those qualities and the development of new (labour market) opportunities.

Course providers: Utrecht University and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Target Audience: Newcomers with a refugee background who have higher levels of education (bachelor level plus) and sufficient command of English.

Location: Plan Einstein, Joseph Haydnlaan 2A, 3533 AE Utrecht.

Start date: September 21, 2021.

Certificate: A certificate will be provided to participants who attend and actively participate in a minimum of 4 sessions.

Registration link: Use this link to register (optimized for mobile devices)

Trainers: Dr. Hein Roelfsema (Associate professor of international entrepreneurship at Utrecht University); Dr. Leendert de Bell (Professor of sustainable labor participation of refugees at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Academic staff member at Utrecht University Centre for Entrepreneurship); Christian de Kraker, MA (pursuing a PhD in entrepreneurial journeys of refugees and their ecosystems at University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Alfa-College Groningen).

Session 1: 'The Dutch entrepreneurial business culture and international orientation' (Dr. Hein Roelfsema) Tuesday September 21, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

This first session focuses on the Dutch corporate culture and what this means for the entrepreneurial capacities needed to succeed in international business. After a plenary lecture, groups will discuss to what extent cultural differences are important in connecting to the international labour market and what role entrepreneurship and innovation play in this.

Session 2: 'Finding appropriate employment in new labour markets' (Dr. Leendert de Bell) Tuesday September 28, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

What are possibilities to find high-quality employment in the Netherlands and Europe and how can you increase your chances on the labour market? In this session, we will discuss how the labour market works for highly educated people and how you can approach employers. In addition, this session will provide insight into how you can expand capacities gained in the country of origin, but above all, how you can show them as necessary on the Dutch and European labour market. It will also discuss to what extent you can discover a gap in capacities and how you can fill these gaps.

Session 3: 'Working in a knowledge based entrepreneurial society' (Dr. Hein Roelfsema) Tuesday October 5, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

This session will focus on the knowledge skills needed to succeed in European business, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation skills. In addition, it is important to have a good cultural understanding of diversity and to work in teams and what this means in a European context. After a brief introductory lecture, work will be done in a number of working formats that highlight the key characteristics of entrepreneurship and innovation in a diverse environment.

Session 4: 'Creating networks and opportunities' (Christian de Kraker, MA) Thursday October 7, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

For newcomers, it is important, after a period of civic integration, to build up social networks that make it possible to make a contribution and find work that matches their level of education. In addition, it is important for newcomers to link their international social capital to a new environment and in this way form a connection between the new environment in the Netherlands and Northern Europe on the one hand and the social capital in the countries of origin on the other hand. Such a multicultural attitude can strengthen the chances on the labour market for entry but also for continued growth. In this session, strategies for building up social capital in Europe and the Netherlands will be discussed and opportunities for strengthening social capital will be explored.

Session 5: 'Should I stay or should I go?' (Dr. Leendert de Bell) Tuesday October 12, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

Recent data for the Netherlands show that only about half of the newcomers eventually stay in the Netherlands. A large part migrates further across the world and perhaps a small portion returns to the region and maybe even the country of origin. In addition, there is a substantial group that will not be able to find a permanent residence in the Netherlands and will need to find a strategy to deal with this. In this session we go deeper into experiences, wishes and possibilities for a long-term perspective outside the Netherlands.

Session 6: 'Supporting people left behind: What does this mean for me?' (Christian de Kraker, MA) Thursday October 14, 2021 (14.00-17.00)

Newcomers often have the opportunity to support people that have not been able how to escape disadvantaged positions in the home country. In most cases, helping means using remittances to support income. However, new connections and opportunities in Europe may also create innovative ways and entrepreneurial ways to support people left behind. In this session we will discuss best practices on how to do this and share experiences. Also, the session provides some practical tips and do’s and don'ts on how to organise support for people left behind.

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