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Online workshop “Career Planning”, September 2024


We are happy to announce our upcoming GAUSS Career Service online workshop “Career Planning” by Dr. Iris Köhler.

This workshop is intended for Postdocs and late-stage PhDs in the Natural and Life Sciences.

  • Dates: 9, 12, 16 and 19 September 2024, 9:00-11:00h
  • Location: online
  • Trainer: Dr. Iris Köhler
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not registered yet) and send an email to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description

The majority of PhD holders does not stay in academia, but pursues careers in a variety of fields. Many young scientists struggle with finding out which career path they would like to pursue. They are not sure which career options exist, and they often have never taken the time to reflect on what kind of work they would actually like to do, and what their values, interests and goals are. The following topics will be covered in the course:

  1. Discovering career and life goals: What kind of work do you like to do? What are your dreams and ideas for the future?
  2. Exploring career options: Where do people with a PhD outside academia work?
  3. Analyzing skills and competencies: What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Which “hidden” competencies do you have that you are maybe not aware of?
  4. Make a plan: What are the next steps?

After this course, participants

  • have a better understanding of their life and career goals.
  • have analyzed their skills and competencies.
  • are aware of career options within and outside academia.
  • have designed their individual career development plan.
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