Career Corner successfully launched to 8000+ students and 500+ corporates

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.

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Implementation

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.

Our Young Potentials, Your Future Talent

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!

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The platform provides two main areas:
 for employers and young potentials

Employers

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.

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Young Potentials

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
- Vacancies
- A personal identity portfolio

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Methodology

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.

Interface

Distributed Agile Software Development

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.

Agile Software Development

product owner

  • Represents the product’s stakeholders and has a focus on the business side
  • Accountable for ensuring that the team delivers value to the business
  • Defines units of work and adds those to the product backlog
  • Indicates priorities based om importance and dependencies
Agile Software Development

delivery heroes

  • Delivering shippable product increments every 2-week sprint
  • Consists of 3 to 9 team members.
  • Multi-disciplinary teams who self-organise within a sprint
  • Decision capabilities at the implementation level
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scrum master

  • Ensures that the scrum framework is followed
  • Helping the team to determine the definition of done for the product, with input from key stakeholders
  • Coaching the team, within the Scrum principles, in order to deliver high-quality features for its product
  • Coaching the development team in self-organisation and cross-functionality

Our DevOps Approach

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.

Development

Software Engineering

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.

Operations

Business-IT Alignment

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.

Quality assurance

Shipping Reliability

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.

Our toolset

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Career Corner In Numbers

4
dedicated delivery team members developers
120
pages prototyped in Invision
37
page document with specifications
6
months of total throughput time

Wilfried Lemahieu

Dean FEB

Quotes Throughout the entire trajectory of the conceptualisation and building of Career Corner, we were able to count on Panenco as a loyal partner that was fully committed to our cause.
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