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Careers with a Doctorate - Job Opportunities beyond Academia


Job Perspectives outside Academia for International Researchers

30 October 2019 from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. (incl. dinner reception) in the Argelander Competence Center (Old Observatory), Poppelsdorfer Allee 47

The event organized by the Bonn Graduate Center and the International Office invites international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Bonn to enhance their perspectives on the non-academic job market in Germany.



1:30 p.m. registration for the workshops opens (please note, workshops are filled on a first-come, first-serve base)


2:00 p.m. Welcome and Keynote "A world of opportunities: career options in and beyond academia"


2:30 p.m. Opportunity to particpate in three of five of the following workshops: 

  • Workshop 1: Becoming an entrepreneur to put your scientific results into practice: Would you like to pursue your scientific results entrepreneurially? Learn more about self-employment and the chances and challenges connected with starting your own business. We will discuss the first steps from the definition of a start-up plan up to fostering a regional network.
  • Workshop 2: How to apply for the different career paths beyond academia: You don’t know which way to go after gaining the doctorate? We will look at the three most frequent career paths and discuss how to apply in each of these cases in an adequate manner.
  • Workshop 3: Making yourself visible in the application process: We will zoom into the three most important features of a successful career entry: The importance of application standards, plenty of work experience and an excellent network. Together we will sum the triad to a whole: You!
  • Workshop 4: Skill development and boosting your CV: This mini-workshop is all about how to make yourself employable after your PhD. What skills are employers looking for and how to boost your CV while doing a PhD.
  • Workshop 5: Networking beyond academia: We will explore the importance of networks for career-building outside academia. We will then evaluate the networks you have already built throughout your academic career and consider new tools to expand your personal networks for successful career development.

There will be a coffee-break with refreshments and the opportunity for networking between workshops.

Afterwards we would like to cordially invite you to stay for a get-together and free dinner reception with drinks till 8 p.m.

Target Group

International doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Bonn


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Please sign up here.

Please note an early registration is recommended as participation is limited.



Bonn Graduate Center

Clara Kaminsky
phone: 0228 73-60140
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International Office

Sandra Papel
phone: 0228 73-9527
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