Women & career

Seminar PDF

Duration: 2 days

Course type: In-house seminar. Optionally with blended learning units

Trainer: Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich or Lisa Steinhauser

Target group: PhD students and postdocs

Number of participants: Max. 12

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.

Seminar contents

(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 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 towards 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


Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel.: +49 (0) 176 7453 7200 (Karin) or +31 (0) 6 82454 258 (Philipp) or +49 (0) 152 0600 5189 (Philipp)