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Career counseling for UM employees

Developing a culture of quality

Career counseling for UM employees

Well being and job satisfaction of employees certainly contribute to greater productivity and consequently to the success and quality of the organisation, thus the University of Maribor enables employees free career counselling providing information on additional career development possibilities. Counselling enables them to explore familiar fields that only need to be highlighted and to specify additional activities or courses that help to achieve the set goals of individuals.


  1. D.I.S.C.

Employees approach work in various ways. Only if we have the possibility to make sense out of the differences, we can learn what to expect from each other. D.I.S.C. is a tool that helps to understand positive personality traits of employees and fields in which they can improve them further. The tool reveals our life philosophy as well as our reactions to people and tasks. It also helps to understand how we look at relationships, challenges, changes, details and decision making. D.I.S.C. can help to solve the three most common challenges faced by groups: motivation, disputes and communication. Each personality is a combination of one of the four main styles (dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness).

  1. Work values

Through the “Work values” tool, those values are highlighted and evaluated that are the most important for a particular person when conducting work. Are your work values set according to your expectations? Do you encounter your most important values when conducting work? If not at work, do you encounter them in your free time, at home or in social life? Did your values significantly change in the last couple of years?

  1. Holland codes

Holland codes, which were developed by the psychologist dr. John L. Holland in the 1970s, present a range of personality traits. Dr. Holland claimed that people performed at their best in working environments that suit their personality and interests. Therefore, we can classify people according to working environments that suit them best. With the most people, it is a combination of two or three Holland interest fields, which are called Holland codes.

  1. Career anchors

Career anchors, developed by Edgar Schein, help individuals to recognize their unique combination of perceived career competences, motives and values. A career anchor is developing over time and becomes a concept that shapes the individual’s identity or self-image. It includes talent, skills and ability, motives and needs as well as attitudes and values. A questionnaire, based on the Schein’s career anchors concept, helps to specify the strongest career anchors.

  1. Skills

We mostly underestimate our potentials and skills as employees. We forget what we were able to do ten years ago and are no longer doing it and what we could bring to a satisfying level with some practice (e.g. foreign language skills). Moreover, we can focus too much on skills related to our job and forget about the skills which we are using at home or in our free time.  We usually neglect occasionally obtained skills. This tool enables us to recognize the skills that you are currently most commonly using and those that you would like to use.

  1. Interest researcher

The interest researcher includes descriptions of activities that are performed in several types of work.

In accordance with the Slovene Employment Relationships Act (ZDR-1), the employer is obliged to provide workers with education, training and further training if the needs of the working process so require or if education, training or further training may prevent cancellation of an employment contract for reasons of incompetence or for business reasons. In accordance with the needs of education, training and further training of workers, the employer has the right to refer the worker for education, training and further training, and the worker has the right to apply for education, training and further training himself. Workers have the right to and the obligation of ongoing education, training and further training in accordance with the requirements of the working process with the purpose of maintaining and/or improving the skills to perform the work under the employment contract, to retain employment and increase employability.

Career counselling for employees is carried out by Danilo Majcen, employed in the Department of Development and Student Affairs (he obtained the following certificates: Career Counselling Services, Sprint Careers Limited, ILM Level 5 as well as Coaching and Mentoring – Business Learning Foundation). You can make an appointment for career counselling by sending an e-mail.

Career counselling for employees

Department of Development and Student Affairs, Danilo Majcen