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Career Planning – How to Develop your Career in or outside of Academia

May 19 and 20, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Online course

Course content

Targets: This workshop will support you to make a decision if you want to stay in academia or if you want to leave for other career paths.

Day 1 Careers in Academia in Germany


  • A career in German Academia does mean to become professor – why? 
  • Selections of new professors (Berufungsverfahren) are somehow special and difficult ways of recruitment: how are they structured and what should applicants prepare for them?
  • What is a scientific profile and how could I develop my profile?
  • Market analysis: how can I find out how many open positions there will be in the time I need them and how high is my risk not to get one?
  • Check list: what is really necessary to gain before I am able to apply, what did I gain already and what are my next steps? We talk about publications, 3rd party funding, teaching, networks, international research stays, talks etc. 
  • Risks and challenges:  what are risks of research careers and how could I minimize them?

Day 2 Careers outside of Academia in Germany


  • Until when should I decide to stay in science or to leave? 
  • How is the German labour markets structured? What are job profiles of scientists? 
  • Job search I: How to find out your competencies and how to use them to search for jobs?
  • Job search II: Searching with search engines and why this is not enough – different ways for job search.
  • To found your own business: How to create your own job and how to earn money with it?
  • Goals and values: How to find decisions for your careers.

Requirement: This workshop will take place on Zoom. You need a webcam and an internet connection stable enough to switch your camera on. Link to the meeting will be provided shortly before the workshop. 

Target group

Doctoral candidates from all subject areas. 

"Promotion Plus"
16 units are applicable for this course within the „Promotion plus“ certificate. 
Module 1: Career Management  
Course instructor
Dr Matthias Schwarzkopf 
Please register your intererest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by March 10, 2020.


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

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