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Careers in- and outside Academia

OBJECTIVES – To provide Ph.D. students with an opportunity to build their understanding, skills and confidence in finding their career path, (in- or) outside academia. Take home messages are given as “Four Laws of …”.

Career development

  • Project plan your career (e.g. PISPAR) and network
  • Writing down your SMART goals is the first thing to make it happen
  • Self-knowledge is the most important component of finding the right career
  • Create contingency plans: Plan A & B with matching skills, values, interests

Mentorship

  • Look out for formal mentorship programs
  • Do not wait for someone to come to you!
  • Start out small and handle refusals constructively
  • Beware of “dementorship”