Discover Your Potential for a Career in Academia
Setting the course for your future career

Careers with a Doctorate

An event for international doctoral students offered by the Bonn Graduate Center and the International Office.

Are you passionate about research and would like to continue your professional career in academia after your doctorate and perhaps become a professor one day? The transition into the next career phase after your doctorate needs good planning and strategic decisions. At this year’s “Careers with a Doctorate” event you will learn what it takes to become a researcher and how you can set the course for your career in academia.

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Details and Registration

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

"Alte Sternwarte"
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47

Registration deadline:  June 8, 2022

       Target group: International doctoral students


By Prof. Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch, Vice-Rector for International Affairs

A career in academia is what appeals to you, but you are not really sure which paths exist and which path to take? In the key-note you will gain an overview of the postdoctoral stage in general and get to know relevant competencies and accomplishments to develop.

Speaker: Dr. Sibel Vurgun 

Dr. Sibel Vurgun has been working in research management since 2006. She has gained experience at various universities and is an expert in the promotion of early-career researchers. Currently, she works at the Technische Hochschule Köln where she is in charge of the project “Karriereentwicklungsprogramm PLan_CV”.

After the keynote, you will have the opportunity to attend the two workshops you selected when registering. The workshops are listed below.

Besides their expertise within a given field and an excellent track record, future professors and group leaders need professional competencies such as IT- or networking skills or strategic thinking. This applies especially to doctoral students who want to continue their career inside science. While being a doctoral student it can at times be quite difficult to decide between different career options and paths. In the workshop we will highlight required skill sets for specific work contexts within science, we explore your own qualifications and competencies as well as goals and preferences. Ending the short inputs you will be able noting down concrete action plans. 

Trainer: Dr. Alexandra Leipold

In this impulse workshop, you will learn the tools and techniques that make writing job applications in academia more successful. We will focus on the key elements of interpreting job descriptions writing a persuasive Academic CV and cover letter and identifying your strengths and successes.

Trainer: Bridie McHale

Intercultural awareness has become a key competence, in the private sector as well as in academia. But many times this competence remains undiscovered, because either we don't know that we have it or we don't know how to gain it. In this workshop we will dive into the world of cognitive biases, learn how to gain more intercultural awareness and apply it in your job as a researcher.

Trainer: Dr. Merjam Wakili

Time to grab a cup of coffee and a slice of cake and to socialize with your peers.

Get ready for the second round! See the workshop descriptions above.

We will close the event with a short wrap-up and some take-home messages.

Let's socialize and network! You are welcome to join us for some drinks and finger food.


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Dr. Robert Radu

Bonn Graduate Center

Poppelsdorfer Allee 47

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-60222

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Sandra Papel

International Students and Study Programs

Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-9527

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