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Strategic Career Planning

Primary Target Group: VIP Fellows, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10, 2020, 9 am - 1:30 pm (both days) | Online
Teacher: Dr. Eva Reichmann

Language: English

Course description:

Career planning can be challenging, specifically if you are not certain whether you should stay in Academia or look for job opportunities elsewhere. For an academic career, you need a different set of skills than for a career in the private or public sector - but there are some basic skills for both professional worlds.

Strategic career planning means to sharpen your professional profile while working on your doctoral or postdoctoral project. When you conduct research, you develop and use skills that are highly relevant for employers outside of Academia. Do not get lost in the jungle of rumors about the job market - or doubt your suitability for a job inside or outside the university!

This workshop will provide search strategies for retrieving all necessary information for career decisions inside and outside of Academia. We will analyze your professional profile (focusing on strengths and motives) to conclude which career paths fit better - and what you can do to move forward along this path. We will also focus on the topic "career planning and job search in times of a pandemic".


  • Identification of job opportunities
  • Analysis of your academic profile in terms of transferable skills
  • Developing personal strategies for a) your next steps in Academia or b) the transition to the private/public sector
  • Developing an exit strategy / Plan B if you are undecided
  • Up-to-date information about job search, network building, and application processes outside of Academia