Doctorate Done: What Now? Planning and Starting a Career
Career Program for Doctoral Candidates in the Final Phase of their PhD and Early Postdocs
The transition phase from doctorate to postdoc and the first few postdoc years pose a multitude of challenges for young researchers. Positions are often fixed-term or you have to apply for them yourself. Sometimes the work on the thesis is not yet fully completed while you should refine your own research profile at the same time. The option of a non-academic career should also always be considered due to the uncertainties of an academic career and the very few permanent positions available. These challenges are best met with tailored workships and constructive feedback from peers.
This is exactly what our career program offers: Our workshops with trainers from research and business build on one another and prepare you for your next career step. In addition, the peer mentoring elements of the program offers the opportunity to actively network and support each other in this exciting phases of your careers.
Conditions of Participation and Application Details
Doctoral candidates in the final phase of their thesis and postdocs in the first two years after completing their doctorate from all member institutions can participate in the career program The workshop elements are exclusive events with outstanding trainers. The number of participants is therefore limited to 12 people. We expect the participants to attend all workshops and also take part in individual meetings with their respective peers.
It is currently no longer possible to apply. If you are interested, you can conctact us (email@example.com) and we will keep you informed.
Workshop 1: Kick off: Positive Self-Leadership and Peer Coaching (08.09.2022 and 09.09.2022)
You will start the program with an immersion into the fields of positive self-leadership and peer coaching. The workshop invites you to reflect on your personal aspirations, ambitions and goals for the coming months: What do you wish to accomplish? What requires your attention? How can you create the inner and outer space, time, and direction needed to follow your own intentions? We will explore methods, tools, and interventions that may support your self-leadership and time management in the current phase of your life and career. As a group, you can benefit from each other, creating a space for mutual support and facilitation that may last throughout the year. We will explore formats and methods of peer coaching that may guide and strengthen your interaction in self-organized peer groups.
Trainer: Dr. Katrin Amian has been facilitating development and change processes for individuals and organizations since 2018. Through her own professional activities in the fields of research and research management, she is familiar with the specific challenges of a career in this context
Date: Thursday, 08.09.2022, 10-17 h and Friday, 09.09.2022, 9-16 h
Workshop 2: How to Advance Your Career in Research and Get Funded (25.10. - 28.10.2022)
Taking an international perspective, this workshop explores the perspectives of developing a sustainable career in research. It helps to assess the current position, to clarify career aspirations as well as longer-term research goals and to develop a road map for achieving them in the individual setting. The workshop also provides essential guidance on exploiting research funding opportunities effectively at the postdoctoral stage. You will learn how to employ key strategy tools to develop their research agenda, identify a portfolio of funding opportunities to pursue in the coming years and manage the grant life cycle systematically to build their resources and capabilities for further career advancement.
The last day of the workshop will consist of one-to-one consultations to focus on your individual funding strategy.
Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch is a research management consultant, certified business trainer and coach. Holding a PhD in physical chemistry from the UK, he has 11 years of international experience as a researcher throughout Europe. He also has 13 years of experience as a research manager and senior administrator delivering high-level support and advisory services for both researchers and university top management at the universities in Bochum (RUB) and Munich (LMU). His professional focus covers research strategy, external research funding, knowledge and technology transfer as well as early career researcher development. In 2016 he started up his own consultancy to provide hands-on workshops and individual guidance for researchers to realise their research ideas and career objectives. He also supports higher education institutions and research institutes in strategy processes and organisational development.
Date: Tuesday, 25.10. - Friday, 28.10.2022
Workshop 3: Can You Kick It? Self-Marketing and Active Networking (15.11.2022)
Do you find it difficult to present your personality, skills and achievements in the right light? Advertising on your own behalf is not one of your strengths? Are those who can't really do anything loud, while your own qualities are sometimes overlooked? And: you don't want to be perceived as a braggart at all? This is exactly where we come in.
Make publicity on your own behalf: In our workshop you will learn to understand why self-marketing is so relevant and how to find your personal approach to this topic. You will identify hurdles and blockades, learn how to clear them out of the way and focus on emphasising your strengths clearly, sympathetically and authentically. Without getting red ears.
Trainer: Gianna Possehl (basic°) founded her consulting agency in 1997 and, together with her team, accompanies managers and employees in companies and institutions through change processes and on the path to their development. Her clients include major digital players such as Google, publishing houses such as G+J, agencies such as the Publicis Group, companies such as OTTO or Henkel, sustainable brands such as Hydrophil and institutions such as universities and museums.
Date: Tuesday, 15.11.2022
Workshop 4: Supervision Day for Peer Coaching Groups“ (27.01.2023)
This day comes in a supervision format. It is like a nice bench with a wonderful view on a long hike. We will sit down and reflect - individually and as a group: How far have we come? Where are we headed to? What needs our attention? What can we let go?
Trainer: Dr. Katrin Amian has been facilitating development and change processes for individuals and organizations since 2018. Through her own professional activities in the fields of research and research management, she is familiar with the specific challenges of a career in this context.
Date: Friday, 27.01.2023
Workshop 5: VUCA und BANI (02.03.2023)
In our interactive workshop, we look at what makes the "world out there" tick. What is important in a VUCA environment (acronym for: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity), in a BANI world (acronym for: brittle, anxious, non-linear, incomprehensive)? How do these factors influence us as people and how do they influence the world of work? And above all: how do we deal with them? We want to discuss this and look at tools that help us to find individual solutions for VUCA and BANI challenges in the world outside of academia.
Trainer: A decade of experience as manager & leader in hospitality, mainly luxury hotel chains, form the foundation of Jules Grant coaching and facilitation work. Since 2012 she is focusing on leadership coaching, everything New Work and corporate culture across a variety of industries. In 2020 she became a Co-Founder of The Inner Work-Out which is a gym for personal and social development for organizations and individuals. She is endlessly fascinated by what can be achieved when people create the space for reflection and growth.
Date: Thursday, 02.03.2023
Workshop 6: Which Way Now? A Different Approach to Job Hunting and Self-Confidence (17.04.-18.04.2023)
For most people, job hunting can be a daunting and demoralising task. This is especially true if you are not sure what career you want to pursue. Many people job hunt with a CV and covering letters but CVs and covering letters don’t tell you where to apply. This workshop will provide you with ways of finding the right career for you as well as a more energising and motivating alternative to the usual “Send a CV and hope” method of job hunting. Methods that will allow you to:
- Discover and realistically assess your marketable skills
- Reliably determine the company / sector / next step that is right for you
- Access the hidden job market of unadvertised positions
- Actively manage the progress of your search (rather than send your CV and hope for a positive response)
- Give yourself the edge over others who use the more traditional methods of CV and covering letter
- Become the “preferred candidate” or even have positions created specifically for you.
- Gather the information needed to aid the job hunt and salary negotiations
- Job hunt in a way that is interesting and not demoralising
The workshop will include practise interviews for the people who want them.
AND: Because knowing the techniques is not enough, this workshop will include a section on how to improve self-confidence to help you remain motivated. This isn’t teaching you how to cope with low self-confidence. This is teaching you how to actually change your feeling of
Trainer: Rob Thompson has been working with researchers for over 10 years, helping them to advance their career. He s a TEDx and keynote speaker who speaks at conferences all over Europe. Previously, Rob worked managing projects in both retail and banking/insurance in London.
Date: Monday, 17. April - Tuesday, 18.. April 2023