As an early career researcher, it is your responsibility to consider and plan your career, and as your institution, we consider it our responsibility to support you in this process. This webpage aims at providing you with the tools and know-how on how to build your identity and develop your career management skills to understand what your next steps are and how to get there.
What is a career?
UNESCO defines a career as the interaction of work roles and other life roles over a person's lifespan including both paid and unpaid work in an individual's life. People create career patterns as they make decisions about education, work, family and other life roles.
Career management skills
A range of competences which provide structured ways for individuals and groups to gather, analyse, synthesise and organise self, educational and occupational information, as well as the skills to make and implement decisions and transitions.
– Sultana 2011
Career management sprint
The career management sprint consists of five workshops offered over a period of one week and is designed to fit into busy researcher calendars.
Through these workshops you will get the tools and know-how on how to identify and communicate your competence and start a career development plan based on your own skills, values, results and personal traits.
Career management programmes
Planning your career may be one of the harder projects you will undertake, and it is in many cases an open-ended project. Your values and interests change. The job market changes. Your plans change. In order to best deal with changes, it is helpful to develop your career management skills. Through the career management programmes you will get training in how to map your own competencies, locate the job of your dreams, carry out strategic career choices and handle the big and small transitions in life, be it going from a PhD to a postdoc, from a postdoc to associate professor, or from academia to other sectors.
The career management training consists of stand-alone workshops. Most workshops will be open for both PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows and researchers with a PhD.
PhD candidates enrolled in the Career Control for Researchers programme will follow four online modules spread over eight weeks, complemented by three webinars.
Postdoctoral fellows and researchers enrolled in the Postdoc Career Success Programme will follow 15 online modules spread over seven months, complemented by personal advice and mentoring.
Individual career counseling
It is never too early or too late to start thinking career. A professional career counselor can guide you on how to plan a career based on your own values and interests, provide do's and don'ts for strategic career planning and tips on how to communicate your skills and competence to your future employer.
Career uncertainty can also be a contributing factor for stress. Having a chat with a career counselor can help you to take control of your own career and reduce unhealthy stress levels.