How are you going to make yourself and your graduation project stand out? How are you going to make sure that your graduation represents you and everything that you are capable of, instead of what all students in your program can do? The only way to do this is to make your thesis entirely your project. And the only way to do that is to continuously take initiative, stay active and most importantly, stay in charge of your work. Nobody should get to steer you in directions that you do not want to go. This book will challenge you and your current perspective on your upcoming graduation. It will change it into a very practical and useful perspective. In seven chapters we will give our views, ideas and practical tips of what it means to be in charge of your own graduation, how you can benefit from it and what 'being the leader' of the project actually entails. We encourage you to create a realistic and very workable graduation attitude by using a combination of practical tips and tricks, questions, small exercises and examples from both students and teachers who have been through the process of graduation.
Alexander de Haan is an analyst, trainer, coach, academic teacher and researcher. Elianne de Regt studies Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at the TPM faculty of Delft University of Technology.
1. Graduation: Challenge Accepted; 2. What Stories and Myths Exist about Graduation?; 3. Are you in Graduation-Performing Modus?; 4. What does it take to get People on Board?; 5. Who is in Charge of your Graduation Project?; 6. How to Deal with the Unavoidable Setbacks?; 7. How do you Envision the Final Steps?; 8. Graduated: What is Next?