Hello academia! Off to a great start

Seminar PDF

Duration: 2 days

Course type: In-house seminar

Trainer: Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich

Target group: 1st year PhD students

Number of participants: Max. 12

You recently started your PhD full of enthusiasm. However, an uneasy feeling creeps up whenever you walk past one of the senior PhD students, who are just writing up. Do you hear them say, “If I knew that before” or “I wish I would have thought of” and think for yourself, “I hope this doesn´t happen to me, I hope I can get around their mistakes myself.” A PhD is too complex to ever be without complications. However, in this course we´ll try to work on our “starter package” to survive in this new environment and to get a broad set of experiences and networks from your PhD.

Seminar contents

Your PhD: more than just lab

  • Conferences
  • Outreach
  • Networking

Career planning

  • The PhD plan
  • Which qualifications to seek during your PhD?
  • Can I determine my development?
  • How to get in touch with future employers

Present yourself and your results

  • Self-marketing
  • Use of storytelling

Communication and conflicts

  • Stakeholder analysis: Which players are affected by your work and how can you position yourself in this ‘ecosystem’?
  • Communicate and defend your interests towards your boss, colleagues and students
  • Conflicts and resolution


Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971