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How to design a personal development tool
focused on skills for (Humanities) students


  • The H-YOU Humanities explorer is a personal development tool for students from Humanities faculties. It uses reflection and writing activities to encourage students to reflect on their professional skills.

  • The link to the tool: 


Humanities profile explorer

  • The students fill in a survey with 70 skills descriptions that correspond to the 6 skills clusters of the ASSET-H research. For each item, students have to indicate the degree to which they possess a skill (from 1 ‘completely disagree’ to 6 ‘completely agree’). Estimated time investment: 15 minutes.

  • Afterwards, the tool automatically calculates the average score for the descriptions for all of the clusters. E.g., Jane has an average of 4,41/6 for the descriptions of the creativity cluster.

  • These results are shown in a report that consist of two parts:

    • The summary highlights the core (>4) and development (<4) areas.

    • The skill breakdown shows the values for each of the descriptions, broken down in skills clusters.

  • This report can be downloaded and is intended to highlight their skills and give them a starting point for further reflection. 

  • See resource "ExplorerSurvey" for the survey, "ExplorerReport" for the wording used in the report and De Dijn et al. (2023) for an overview of the research.


Activities to further explore skills

Once students have completed the Humanities profile explorer, they move on to other activities to further reflect on their skills:

  • Peer reflection: Students exchange their skill profile with a peer 
    and do comparison and feedback exercises to understand their profile's meaning better.

  • Collect your statements: Students draft short story statements 
    that show how they employed their skills in different situations.

  • Career connector: Students connect with someone based on their job and start a conversation to find out what role specific skills play in their job and what their career journey has looked like.

  • Journaling: Students receive prompts to encourage them to think about their situation and to highlight what works for them.


All activities can be personalized and other activities can always
be added. See resource "Personalization" for ideas.


Use by facilitators

  • Encourage students to go through the tool individually, at home. 

  • Invite students to go through the tool in small groups in class, and let them reflect on and discuss the results and activities. 

  • Give an information session about the ASSET-H skills research, and go through some of the activities together in class. See resource "InformationSession" for PowerPoint slides that can be used. 

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