Career Orientation Workshops & Courses For PhD Candidates and Graduates

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Our Educational Offer for Universities

We offer career orientation workshops and courses for PhDs and Postdoctoral researchers. In our educational programs, we focus on combining knowledge about the job market with self-discovery exercise. We are practical, goal-oriented, and we always take an individual approach to our course participants. Therefore, we conduct aptitude tests, exercises and give away homework assignments prepared within Ontology of Value that help our students determine which future career path is best for them. 

At the end of the training, the participants better understand their strengths and weaknesses and have a much clearer picture of what “dream job” means for them, and what steps to take to get this job. Furthermore, we always conclude the course with an additional 1-1 meeting. At this meeting, we discuss the personal progress after the course and to prepare a personal strategy for the job application process together with the participant. This individual approach highly accelerates the process of transitioning to industry.Lastly, we always adjust the agenda of the course to the schedule preferred by the client.

Our Online Workshops

🔥  BESTSELLER: Speed Online Workshop “The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks”

There is a growing disparity between the number of new PhD graduates and available faculty positions — effectively, most of the PhD graduates need to find jobs outside academia. The good news is: multiple skills unique to academics are essential for success in the open job market of today. Our mission is to empower PhD candidates and graduates, and give them motivation and inspiration necessary to launch new careers and rock in the open job market. 

This workshop for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers is an intensive and entertaining group training focused on introducing the job market for PhD graduates. In the workshop, we go through the various ways of creating value in the job market and the main types of working environments in today’s job market (a.k.a., tribes) and their characteristics. We also review the general strategies for how you can land a job in these tribes. The workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, and contains quizzes and live discussion with the audience. 

RUNTIME: 

FULL VERSION: 120-180 min (depending on the client’s preference), can be ordered as two separate sessions, 60-90 min each,

SHORT VERSION: 60-90 min (depending on the client’s preference).

🔥  EVERGREEN: Speed Online Workshop “Effective Self-Management for Early Career Researchers in the Natural and Life Sciences”

Early career researchers in various disciplines face similar challenges, related to fierce competition and constantly changing landscape of their research fields. Especially in the economical climate of today, they can feel overwhelmed and insecure about their future. We help early-career researchers become more self-aware, gain control over their research careers, mitigate detrimental, extenuating factors that can cause leverage in pressure and stress levels, and become skilled self-navigators, both in academia and beyond.

This workshop for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers is an intensive and entertaining group training focused on learning every day self-management actions one can take in order to increase productivity, avoid bottlenecks in the projects and in careers, gradually increase the overall work satisfaction, prevent mental health issues, and positively influence career opportunities in the long run. The workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, and contains quizzes and live discussion with the audience.

RUNTIME: 

FULL VERSION: 120-180 min (depending on the client’s preference), can be ordered as two separate sessions, 60-90 min each,

SHORT VERSION: 60-90 min (depending on the client’s preference).

🔥  BRAND NEW: Online Workshop “The Complete PhD Career Toolkit”

This workshop for PhD candidates, organized together with the one and only Vera Chan, PhD, is an intensive and entertaining group training focused on guiding PhD candidates on their journey throughout grad school, and preparing them for working in the open job market. 

In the first part of the workshop, Vera Chan, PhD introduces a number of efficient techniques to plan a PhD, to masterfully manage a PhD agenda, to manage yourself and your PhD advisor, and to graduate with flying colors. It is a complete PhD survival toolkit! In the second part of the workshop, Natalia Bielczyk, PhD introduces the concept of core competencies, and gives a range of essential tips for building a strong personal network and personal brand, and pitching yourself as a professional. The workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, contains quizzes and live discussion with the audience.

RUNTIME: 240 min, can be ordered as two separate sessions, 120 min each.

Pricing For Our Online Workshops

Our Online and On-site Courses

Additionally, to accompany the workshop, we also offer an option to purchase the access to Ontology of Value Test for all participants of the workshop at a discount,
in two pricing options:
a) 15 EUR (or 17.50 USD) + VAT per person,
b) 500 EUR (or 600 USD) + VAT for the whole group.

Eight-Week Online Intensive Career Development Course for Researchers in Transition to Industry

These online workshops for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers include 2-hour group sessions spanning over a period of 8 weeks. This training is recommended for researchers who aim to start their career orientation process while still working full time at the university, and prefer to dedicate 2-3 hours per week for this purpose.

One-Day On-Site Intensive Career Development Event for Researchers in Transition to Industry — on-site, in the location specified by the client.
These on-site workshops for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers are full-day sprint career events. This fast-paced, high-intensity training is recommended for researchers who need to quickly increase their knowledge about the job market, and start looking for jobs straight away.
Two-Day On-Site Intensive Career Development Event for Researchers in Transition to Industry on-site, in the location specified by the client.
These on-site workshops for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers are full-day sprint career events. As opposed to the one-day version, the two-day session includes an increased amount of discussion and consultancy, more pairwise exercises and group games, as well as more homework. These events are recommended for researchers who have more time to consider various career paths before making decisions on where to go next.

Pricing For Our Online and On-site Courses

* Our courses include the access to the Ontology of Value Test and a digital copy of the book “What Is out There For Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks” for all participants. 

Our Other Services For Researchers

Are you also looking for more personalized guidance for your students? Please check also our Individual Coaching Programs/ Sessions for Researchers in Transition to Industry. Furthermore, for literature dedicated to effective transitions from academia to industry, please check Natalia Bielczyk’s book “What Is out There for Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks.

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