Career development workshops

 

 

Application Skills for Jobs in the Industry (2 days)

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
You are a scientist interested in making a career switch into the business world? In this two-day workshop we will discuss the opportunities of the labor market for academics beyond research-based jobs and how to best apply. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 9th June, 10am!
Methods: 

As this workshop is very hands-on, we will optimize your CV or portfolio individually and practice mock job interviews, so, afterwards, you are ready to start your own job hunt and find your dream job in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE:
Since this workshop focuses specifically on getting the job of your choice, rather than identifying what career you might be interested in, participation in a “Introduction to Career Planning” or “Career Planning” workshop is a prerequisite. If you have not taken either of these workshops, please contact the course coordinator.

About the tutor: 
Yvonne Brockhaus has a Master's degree in psychology and political science. She has held multiple positions in human resources management in the Netherlands, the US and South Africa. Before becoming an independent business trainer, she was head of the Welcome Center of the Chamber of Commerce in Reutlingen.
Objectives: 
You will discover how to “translate” your skills into the business language and format specific for your career goal. You will also learn about common pitfalls when applying as an academic in private enterprise. Last but not least, you will get to know relevant players and helpdesks for your job search, as well as possible employers in our region and beyond.

Introduction to Career Planning

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
6
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
This workshop will quick-start your journey towards your next career step. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 9th June, 10am!
Content: 

The following topics are covered in brief presentations, exercises and discussions:
•    What a Bioscience PhD is worth in the non-academic world
•    Your professional strengths and personal preferences
•    Create career visions
•    Reality check – what are jobs really like
This workshop can be used to fulfill the requirement for participation in the Application Skills workshop.

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology.

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs (2 days) POSTPONED; DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Target group: 
General
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
6
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
This workshop will help you get started on the path towards your next career goal, irrespective of which direction you wish to take.
Content: 

The following topics are covered in brief presentations and extenbsive hands-on exercises

  • What Bioscience PhD means outside the academic world
  • Finding your professional strengths and personal preferences
  • Create career visions
  • Reality check – what jobs are really like
  • Selecting the next steps

Faculty Recruitment at German Universities (2 days)

Target group: 
Postdocs
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Tina Peart
Description: 
Participants will learn the single steps of the selection process of professors in Germany (Berufungsverfahren). They will learn how to prepare their written application, their presentation, the discussion with the committee and – if needed – the teaching test. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 22nd June!
Content: 


·      What is the German way to select professors for universities? What is the legal background for these processes?

·      What is the difference between Juniorprofessor, Tenure-Professorships, and W2 and W3-professorships?

·      How should I read and interpret job offers for professorships?

·      What are the usual parts of the written application? How could I structure it?

·      How do I prepare the presentation? What are the special difficulties if the audience is composed of professors, students and PostDocs?

·      How should I act in the discussion with the committee?

·      How to prepare the teaching test?

·      How could I deal with difficult situations?

·      Outlook: if they take me: how to prepare the negotiations concerning working conditions and salary?

We will practice the discussion and the presentation or whatever is most relevant for the group. Participants will have the opportunity to practice one of these two parts in the role “applicant”. Therefore, you are asked to bring some slides with you, which show your actual research. If you have already prepared a written application or parts of it for a (Junior-)Professorship, you are invited to bring it with you to the course and to receive feedback by the other participants and by the lecturer.


About the tutor: 
Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf is a coach and trainer for scientists. He is cofounder of karriereberatung-akademiker.de and has been responsible for accompanying the process of appointing professors (Berufungsverfahren) at Jena University for several years.