Selfmarketing + Assessment Centre

July 15 and 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., room Pegasus (0.003), Alte Sternwarte, Poppelsdorfer Allee 47, 53115 Bonn

Course content
Completing a PhD takes a lot of stamina. PhD 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.
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.
Contents in brief
  • What recruiters look for when interviewing PhD students
  • Understanding three important skills areas: science, professional experience and personality
  • How to get people interested in my PhD subject
  • How to communicate my motivation and my enthusiasm
  • What are my particular strengths as a PhD graduate?
  • How to create an effective communications strategy as a PhD graduate
  • How to behave to ensure a successful interview
  • Tips to stay calm even if questions get tricky
  • Introduction to the assessment center
  • Simulation of different typical assessment center exercises
  • In-depth discussion of assessment criteria


Target group
Doctoral candidates from all subject areas.
"Promotion Plus"
16 units are applicable for this course within the „Promotion plus“ certificate.
Module 4: Career Management
Course instructor
Please register your intererest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by March 08.


Please find the overview of all workshops offered in Promotion plus BIGS here.

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