Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Women and career

Topic area
Career development

Online or in-house workshop

4 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2 workshop days

Target group
PhD students and postdocs


Since a few decades the rights of women and in particular of working women have changed dramatically. But does this also translate into a world full of possibilities or are we still stuck in the process of climbing the various ladders under the glass roof? This seminar will give you guidance on how to navigate your life as a working female scientist.


In this course you´ll learn about:


(Family-friendly) work environments

  • University or industry… or somewhere else?
  • Working cultures in Europe
  • Double career couples

Getting a job

  • The importance of networking, collaborating and presenting your research
  • Your application
  • How to prepare yourself
  • The job interview
  • Salary negotiations and the gender wage gap
  • Legal aspects

In the job

  • You made it! What to expect
  • Have a good start
  • Where is my seat?
  • Leadership
  • Setting targets

Mothers at work and in our society

  • Dead-end street motherhood? Is there the perfect time to have children?
  • Social pressures and norms
  • Practicalities: nursery places and more
  • Legal aspects
  • Political framework
  • Communication with your employer

Work-life balance

  • Taking care of your job, yourself and your family- how to get it all done?


Internal and external factors

  • How you and others see yourself and how this can make you stronger or weaker

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course. All eBooks on the learning platform are downloadable in pdf format.


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Course Flow Online Workshops

Day 1

Live Webinar

  • Kick off 
  • What´s important for you personally?
  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 2

Live Webinar

  • Work environments and challenges for working women
  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 3

Live Webinar

  • Getting the job
  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 4

Live Webinar

  • Motherhood and work-life balance
  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Weeks 2-3
Individual written or oral feedback from the instructor
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