Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Years not lost: How to stay attractive for industry while working in academia?

Topic area
Career development

Online or in-house talk

Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich 

Target group
PhD students and postdocs


You do research at uni and love your work. However, you don´t want to run into a dead-end street, being kicked out of the ivory tower in your early forties. Can you prepare for a possible exit strategy, increasing your market value while working in academic research?

With this presentation, we want to look at how you can make the most of your time at uni. What is it actually that makes the employers out there keen to get to know you?

We´ll take a look at activities which not only increase your market value but which give you personal growth and which you will enjoy!

And your professor? She´ll be happy with your extracurricular activities if she profits from having skilled staff. And if not? Then we can look at a couple of “sales strategies.”

Are you already curious to learn more about the topic before enjoying our talk?

We wrote three stories in Science Careers related to this topic.

Think about career planning throughout grad school—not just at the very end

When applying for nonacademic jobs, think creatively about your transferable skills

To get a nonacademic job, you need to learn the jargon


Interested in diving deeper into the topic? Then you might be interested in our workshop PhD, and next? Career options, skills and orientation for scientists, where we explore your skill development and how you can match it with employer types that fit your interests. 

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