The aim of the tool is to use it to supervise the student in their development and to ensure that the student reflects continuously. The student can use the tool to make more well-considered decisions in support of their own learning process.
There are two pivotal decision moments defined in the tool.
The first pivotal moment is after the introduction. During the introduction, students work their way through a course during which the food transition is explained in categories/themes. In this process, a rough analysis is described allowing the student to determine the direction they wish to follow.
The following questions can then be answered so that a rough choice can be made on a rational basis.
- Which part of the food transition do I want to focus on?
- Which companies are relevant to this?
- What are the dilemmas?
- Which dilemmas do I wish to address?
- Is the dilemma urgent or more future-oriented?
The second pivotal moment is after the analysis. This is a robust analysis of both the company and of the student themselves. As a student, why did you choose this company and this assignment? As a company, why did you choose this student and this assignment? Ultimately, the most important thing is the match.
The following questions can then be answered, resulting in a good assignment that is relevant for both the student and the company with a working climate that is suitable for both partners.
- Does the company suit me as a person? Size, company culture, methodology, etc.
- As a person, what do I have to offer? Skills and personality.
- What is the exact research question? Does it already exist, or does the question still need to be defined?
- What has been done in the past related to food transition? What stage is the company at now?
- Does the challenge arise within a single company/sector or within the entire supply chain?
- What is the company’s position in the supply chain?
- What question does the company want answered? What role can the student play in this? And what else is required to make it possible?