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Beyond the PhD - what's next?

Three-day workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center on January 29, 30 and 31, 2019, first day 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (+ personal appointment on the second or third day), Alte Sternwarte, Poppeldorfer Allee 47, Room Pegasus (0.003).


Writing a PhD thesis is a time of many challenges and a decisive step inyour professional career. As you approach the final stage of your PhD – 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. After a PhD, 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.

This workshop aims to assist you to find your individual answers to essential
questions for your next steps beyond the PhD:
  • What are your personal competencies? What is is 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 PhD, so that you can manage finishing your thesis and preparing the transition into the next stages in the best possible way?
The workshop consists of two parts: Day 1 will take place as a group
workshop, where you get basic information about career options after the
PhD inside and outside academia and start reflecting on your own
competencies and goals. This workshop day will be complemented by a 60
minute one-on-one coaching format on one of the following two days,
where you can focus in more depth on your individual questions and
concerns and get a further boost on your path beyond the PhD.

Target Group 

Doctoral candidates from all subject areas. 

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Course Instructor


"Promotion plus"

10 units are applicable for this course within the "Promotion plus" certificate. 


Module 4: Career Management





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In case you have questions regarding our course offerings, please contact:
Joana Bürger-John, Bonn Graduate Center, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].
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