In February of 2016, the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business launched Career Corner, a joint initiative between the faculty and its student societies. The aim of Career Corner is to provide an integrated platform that brings together Young Potentials and Employers across campuses all over Flanders.
We were the proud (exclusive) strategic, design & development partner for this initiative! In this article, we’d like to give some info about our involvement in the process, and provide additional insight into the reason of being for the platform.
Over a number of years, the KU Leuven has searched for a proper way to guide its students towards the job market. This guidance consists of many different aspects: actively encouraging students to do an internship during the summer period, streamlining the jobfair offering, promoting events hosted by renowned companies and potential employers, etc. There is a long-established offline offering from student organisations, faculty and 3rd parties, but it has been clear for a while that existing online initiatives were limited in terms of functionality, popularity or just improperly aligned with all parties involved. Enter Career Corner!
Corporates who are interested in recruiting these bright young minds right out of university now finally get a clear overview of the ways they can reach their target audience. This can be via online vacancies, offline campus events, guest lectures, having a stand at a job fair, and much more. For every possible touchpoint, it is indicated who they should get in touch with and what the possible ways of collaboration are.
The Faculty of Economics and Business (KU Leuven) has around 8.000 students across its campuses. This platform presents a clear overview of all Career Related offerings.
What's in it for students or young graduates?
- Career events
- A personal identity portfolio
We were faced with a huge assignment and a limited amount of time. We fine-tuned our methodology in order to meet expectations. We broke the whole trajectory up into 3 main steps.
We set up multi-disciplinary teams in geographically-dispersed business locations. We focus on leveraging the benefits of Agile Development principles on a global playing field.
Our software delivery team took full-cycle ownership from application logic to performance monitoring: build & run. A single project team was responsible for the development, infrastructure, installation, testing, packaging, deployment and bug fixing. Our philosophy of continuous delivery kept all stakeholders aligned throughout the process.
Building the application layer on top of the database infrastructure. Front- & back-end code development based on a standardised framework and internal reviewing mechanisms. We handle a one-click deploy philosophy during which all automated tests need to get passed.
Capturing functional requirements that are in-line with the business objectives. Making sure these are translated into our SCRUM methodology process. We focus on regular (pre)releases to ensure that features keep moving in the right direction and all stakeholders remain aligned.
We write automated tests for all aspects of the platform. Continuous testing and continuous integration (CI) ensures reliable releases to staging or live versions. Performance monitoring tools are configured as an additional assurance that the whole system is stable.