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Workshop “Career Empowerment by Self-Reflection and Improving Assertiveness”, 21-22 September 2015


We are happy to announce the workshop “Career Empowerment by Self-Reflection and Improving Assertiveness” with Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi.

Workshop date: Monday, 21 September 2015, and Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 9:00-17:30 o’clock, respectively

Place: Seminar room, Von-Siebold-Str. 4
Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi
Duration: 2 days



Self-confidence and assertiveness have a big impact on how successful and authentic we are at our job as well as on how we enjoy life in general. During this workshop, participants will reflect on their skills and capabilities and how they might be more effective and assertive.

In this workshop, you will

  • learn how to become more confident and comfortable in their own skin.
  • overcome personal challenges without changing who you really are (authenticity).
  • get an idea about how to boost your visibility, credibility and influence.
  • develop further your own personal growth and success path and help others to do the same.


The first day focuses on developing awareness of one’s own resources. By a one-to-one coaching approach participants will develop an awareness of each other’s potential. Their individual skills are objectively determined, rendering them more convincing. Their partner’s personal strategies will be compared with their own. Through this shift in perspective and the widening of awareness, the individual scope of action may be reconsidered and broadened, thus creating space for change.

On the second day, participants will elaborate on the individual values and communication attitudes, with particular consideration given to the future career path of junior scientists today. Then, participants will pinpoint and formulate a self-chosen current professional aim. Their task will then be to outline how they plan to achieve this aim effectively by using those skills and capabilities worked out in their profiles.

Pre-Work is needed for this workshop, namely reflecting on your life path so far, guided by introduction and questions sent about two weeks before the workshop.


Author: Katrin Wodzicki

Hi, I am Katrin, the coordinator of the GGNB Career Service Unit.

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