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Science degree in hand, where will you go next?

Goodbye academia? It has been a pleasure

Duration: 4-6 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2-3 workshop days each

Course type: Online or in-house workshop

Trainer: Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich or Lisa Steinhauser

Target group: PhD students and postdocs

Have you enjoyed research and teaching in the past years, but now you think it is time to change? Or you are just fed up, but are aware that frustration alone will not lead to a smooth transition out of academia. Maybe you are not sure yet whether to stay in academia or not, but would like to learn more about other possibilities before making any decision? In this course, which has been specifically developed for PhD students and postdocs in the natural sciences, we will not only broaden your view about everything you can do with your qualification, but also give you practical tips on how to reach your personal goals.


Seminar content

Introspection: making plans based on a closer look at yourself

  • Your skills, interests and values
  • Idealism vs. pragmatism
  • Postdoc or not?
  • How to get on track? Changing professional directions

Career options within…

  • The private sector
  • The higher education system
  • Governmental institutions
  • Patent law
  • As freelancer
  • Consultancies…
  • …and many more

Salary negotiations

  • When to negotiate?
  • What to negotiate for and how?
  • Hard vs. soft: do I trade off relationship vs. results or is there a better way?

Academic career development

  • What are hiring committees looking for?
  • How can I tailor my profile for a successful academic career?

Scoring a job

  • CVs and cover letters
  • Recruiters,  job ads and open applications
  • Self-presentation and body language
  • Your elevator pitch
  • Legal aspects


  • Expanding and keeping your network
  • Address tricky questions with strategic networking
  • Networking for introverts
  • Social media


This course combines the content of the workshops PhD, and next? Career options, skills and orientation for scientists and Job application and interview strategies for scientists.

This course can be combined with Time and career-management to give the integrated 3-4-day programme Career development. This seminar can be tailored to long-term postdocs, who failed to secure a professorship and face problems transitioning to the private sector. Special emphasis is given to re-writing your skill set and career options with that specific background.


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