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Increase your Employability with a Doctorate - A Workshop on Becoming Your Own Marketing Manager

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

Completing a doctorate takes a lot of stamina. Doctoral students are known for their strong research and problem-solving abilities, their drive and many other important skills which are highly valued by future employers. To boost their chances on the job market, they should also focus on their personal sales pitch ahead of applying for a job. Employers typically look for a variety of skills and the aim is to stand out of the crowd. It is essential for candidates to communicate effectively and to market their skills convincingly.

Online Workshop

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Wolfgang Leybold





Target Group

Doctoral students


Business and Organizations


16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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In this workshop, we focus on the challenge of bridging the communication gap between applicants and potential employers. We will start by changing your perspective to that of a recruiter and what they are looking for. You will then learn to develop your very own communications strategy. It will highlight those skills which you have acquired during your university career. This will enable you to create your own sales proposition to support you in quickly starting your career.

The second day is all about assessment centers. You will learn how assessment centers work and you will yourself go through a number of different exercises and simulations. This will prepare you to handle the real assessment center in an authentic and self-confident manner.


  • What recruiters look for when interviewing doctoral students.
  • How to get people interested in my doctoral subject.
  • How to communicate my motivation and my enthusiasm.
  • What are my particular strengths as a doctoral graduate?
  • How to create an effective communications strategy as a doctoral graduate.
  • Introduction to the assessment center.
  • Simulation of different typical assessment center exercises.
  • In-depth discussion of assessment criteria.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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