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Workshop “Know Yourself – Emphasize Your Individual Strengths”, 13 February 2017


You wonder what makes you stand out amongst other graduates with a PhD? You find it hard to tell others about yourself? You had a couple of job interviews, but have the feeling you could not convincingly talk about your competencies. Then sign-up for our workshop “Know Yourself – Emphasize Your Individual Strengths”.

Target Group: Junior researchers who are contemplating their next career step.

Goals: Develop awareness about your specific individual skills and practice how to communicate them effectively in professional contexts.

Date: Monday, 13 February 2016
Duration: 1 day (9:00-18:00h)
Location: MPI-bpc, Foyer, small seminar room, Am Fassberg 11
Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi

Registration: Please register here and write an email to , including a short statement on your motivation to join the workshop (Why this workshop?).

Detailed Description:

Why does my supervisor not acknowledge my achievements and qualities? Why are my colleagues getting support and promotions and not me? Why can I not convince a potential employer that I’m the perfect match for my dream job? – Discipline, hard work and being a team-player are often not enough to achieve professional success. Beside targeted qualification and commitment, confident and realistic self-presentation  and the visibility for others in your network are crucial when trying to get an appropriate position and/or salary.

To receive attention in the professional world, while applying for a new position or while looking for new professional challenges, you have to know how to emphasize your personal qualities and strengths to get the recognition of others.

Evaluating and knowing your skills and competencies is a challenging and exciting process that is crucial for an authentic and successful self-presentation in the job context.

This workshop

  • will help you to develop a personal „life profile“, which not only covers your professional expertise but also competencies acquired in all areas of life.
  • will help you to compile the unique variety of your individual skills.
  • will teach you how to use them to market yourself.


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