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Beyond the Doctorate - What's Next? How to Find and Reach Your Goals

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

Writing a doctoral thesis is a time of many challenges and a decisive step in your professional career. As you approach the final stage of your doctorate - or, ideally, even some time before this – you need to start looking ahead and beyond the thesis alone. „What’s next?“ This question may seem like an inefficient distraction from your thesis, yet not addressing it proactively might mean that it lingers in the back of your head, still taking energy away from your research.

In-person Workshop

Tuesday, September 17, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday and Monday, September 18 and 23, 2024
Individual in-person or online coaching session by arrangement


Prof. Dr. Martin Zierold




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students


Research, Research Management, Business and Organizations


9 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance.

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After a doctorate, early career researchers have many options: You can stay on the academic path, starting as a postdoc and headed for a professorship some time in the future. Or, you might want to look for a change – moving into the business and industry world, start your own entrepreneurial project, work for an NGO or non-profit-organisation etc. Different people may give you all sorts of advice, and it can be hard to find out what you actually want for yourself.

The workshop consists of three parts:

  1. You will get access to an online video providing basic information about career options after the doctorate inside and outside academia and a task for your personal reflection as a preparation to the workshop.
  2. You will participate in a group workshop, where you can continue reflecting on your own competencies and goals.
  3. This workshop day will be complemented by a 60 minute one-on-one coaching format on one of the following two days (either in-person or online), where you can focus in more depth on your individual questions and concerns and get a further boost on your path beyond the doctorate.


  • What are your personal competencies?
  • What is it that you are good at and that you love to do?
  • Which job options do these skills open up for you?
  • What do you want from a job?
  • When are you feeling most productive in a working environment?
  • What other goals do you have in life and how can you combine your professional and personal vision?
  • How can you design the final stages of your doctorate, so that you can manage finishing your thesis and preparing the transition into the next stages in the best possible way?


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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