What are the elements of the eYe-Certificate?
The program consists of 16 days of training (skills, competencies, self reflection, attitude, communication, presentation, etc.). 11 days will be done in classroom setting, 5 days will be delivered virtually. In addition there is an online English course, study groups, peer-peer coaching sessions and a 4-5 months internship.
How long is the internship?
The internship will be 4 – 5 months.
Is the internship mandatory?
Yes, the internship is mandatory.
Will the internship be in Portugal?
It will be possible to apply for an internship in Portugal. In collaboration with our partners, e.g. AIESEC it will also be possible for some students to do an internship abroad.
Is the English course mandatory?
Yes, the English course is mandatory because we want to ensure that every eYe-graduate reaches a minimum level.
Is there a guarantee for getting a job after graduating from the eYe-Certificate?
There is no guarantee for getting a job after graduation. But we do actively orchestrate the interaction with employers and eYe-Students.
What are the salary levels that we can expect upon graduating from the eYe-Certificate?
That depends on the personal background as well as the individual job.
What happens if I begin the program but then decide to drop out of the program?
The space in our eYe-Certificate is limited (for a reason). If you decide to drop out after you have begun the program, a place will be lost.
What happens if I get a job offer while I am enrolled in the eYe-Certificate?
The ultimate goal of the eYe-Certificate is to get young unemployed people into a job. So we congratulate you in case you do get a job offer while doing the program. We do encourage you to complete the program and get the certificate. In order not to lose the job offer, you can offer to do / complete your internship at the company that wishes to hire you.
Is the eYe-Certificate only in happening in Portugal/ Setúbal?
Portugal is the pilot project. In 2016 we will expand to other regions in Portugal and more countries in Europe.
CircularSociety is Switzerland-based. How is it linked to Portugal?
The role of Community Manager in Setúbal/Lisbon ensures connection and local follow-up and follow-through.
What language will the eYe-certificate be taught in?
English will be the teaching language.
Who are the teachers / trainers?
The intensive curriculum will be taught by teacher / trainers of international reputation. This includes faculty from the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. Also, you will have a chance to interact with executives from organizations in CircularSociety’s impact community.
How long is the eYe-Certificate?
The program begins in September 2015 and will run until February 2016.
How big is the eYe-Certificate cohort?
There are 30 students enrolled in a cohort.
Is the eYe-Certificate really free for students?
Yes, students will not have to pay for the program – it is paid for by the CircularSociety Community. This includes also travel costs to the workshops in Alambre. We will not be able to cover your communications costs though (mobile, Internet).
What partner organizations does CircularSociety have?
We work in close collaboration with organizations such as Kelly Services, Porsche, Holcim, Science4You and others. Furthermore our impact community consists of associations which unite dozens of employers in Portugal (and beyond).
Should I apply if I am currently not unemployed?
This program is open only for those who are currently unemployed and have been for at least 6 months.
What is expected from me during the eYe-Certificate?
You confirm yourself to participate at all eYe program modules until the end. It is your personal responsibility to contribute at your fullest potential to make this eYe certificate community a success. We believe only then finding work for yourself will become a rewarding reality. You’re willing to grow as a person, that means you are also willing to quest your personal comfort zones and assumptions if the eYe challenges and projects require it. There will be an “eYe Honor Code” you will need to sign prior to the program.
Where will the training take place?
The 11 days of physical training will take place at the YMCA Camp. Website: alambre.ymcasetubal.org
What is the maximum age for eYe?
The official age limit for Youth Unemployment is 25 year (extended to max. 30 years old based on Portuguese government decision)
What does the recruiting process look like?
All applicants will be asked to fill out the online questionnaire on www.eye.circularsociety.com. Candidates will be asked to select one of the questions provided and answer with a 1.500 word essay. The candidate will also have the opportunity to share their 1 minute video that explains why they are a great candidate for the eYe-Certificate, however this is optionally. CircularSociety will evaluate all entries. The strongest applications will be put forward to a video-based interview. The 30 participants of the eYe-Certificate will be chosen in a final round of interviews.