Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Employability outside academia

Date: 28 January 2019 - 18 March 2019
Location: Utrecht

Background and aim

The aim of this course is to support PhD students and postdocs in their preparation to make the transition to industry and/or non-profit organisations. It helps them finding out what position would suit them.

In three full days, you will find answers to questions like: Is it realistic for me to stay in academia or shall I seek for a job elsewere? What do I (really) want? What job opportunities are there for PhD students and postdocs outside academia? What is necessary to make the transition to a position outside academia? Am I maybe too old to make the transition? How can I increase my attractiveness to non-academic employers? What steps do I need to take? How do I present myself towards organisations outside academia? How do I deal with the insecurities I have?, etc.

With help of the trainer and your fellow participants you will receive tailor made answers to the career questions you have. As a bonus, you will definitely gain a lot more self-insight!

Target group

Early career researchers: postdocs and third/ final year PhD students; academic researchers on a fixed term contract who are at crossroads of their career.

OrganisationPostdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI)
Intended creditsA certificate of participation will be provided. At some institutes this can be used to collect credits for your PhD
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