Biological age or academic age

Biological age or academic age?

The major research institutions have decided to base their judgement with regard to excellence in research on the academic age (i.e. the years of active research) and not on the biological age (i.e. the years of one’s life). This is meant to even out twists and turns in the CV, such as parental leave. This is an important change of rules.

The termination agreement

The termination agreement

A termination agreement is not a golden handshake, not even a silver one. It’s the beginning of a complex process and a path that you do not go alone. The first point of contact is the works council, and a lawyer should manage your communication with the employer.

Landing on your feet

Landing on your feet

Focus on what gives you professional fulfilment. If you don´t miss out on developing yourself, to keep on learning new things, then you can trust in yourself that you will land on your feet in case you face a difficult situation. You can be more free in picking the positions that really fit you.

I quit my PhD

I quit my PhD

There are many reasons why an employment relationship can become unproductive. That’s why
you don’t have to hide bumpy spots in your resume.
Just describe what you did, why you took certain decisions and what you learned from it.


Jobs in industry quality management

Dry paperwork or an exciting field at the interface between law and science? This you need to decide for yourself before making a decision. And if you decide for it, you´ll have the delicate task to find the balance between strict rules and the requirements of a lively work environment every day.

Loser Starter Finisher

Am I a loser

“You are not a loser, you are a starter,” I calm her down. Starters are impulsive, creative people who constantly come up with ideas, but show little interest in completing a task. “Boring, nothing new”, an inner voice seems to tell them. Starters are by no means losers, they just need to find the right environment to be productive – or they create it themselves often enough due to their personality.

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