Take Charge of Your Career as an Early Career Researcher

Part II: How to implement your plans

This is the second of a two-part workshop for you who want to be proactive about your job prospects and are looking for practical ways to structure your progress and succeed in your preferred career - in academia or beyond.

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Part I: Why and how to plan your career (half-day workshop 30.11.)

When registering, you sign up for both workshops.


This half-day workshop delivers:

  • analysis of your current network of contacts and how to expand it to benefit your career
  • practical advice on marketing yourself and your skills
  • strategies for developing transferrable skills suited to a career in, or outside, academia


Programme outline

09.00 Session 1 - Build your networks, develop your profile

10.45 Morning e-tea/coffee

11.00 Session 2 - Develop and sell the skills that win you jobs

12.10 Mastermind exercise

12.30 Post-workshop Q&A



By registering you sign up for both day 1 (30.11.) and day 2 (01.12.). 

Registration deadline: 23 November

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the event.


About the presenter: Dr. Kerstin Fritsches

A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by providing support tailored specifically for PhD students and postdocs. PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.


Testimonials from former participants

“Fantastic and very useful course! The course gave me many ideas, tips, open my mind to new / unknown directions / approaches and showed me how to plan my career.”

“I learned a lot and changed my outlook on my career. Kerstin was extremely professional, showed expert knowledge, covered lots of areas and always kept to time. Great balance of slides, own work and group work”

“I expected to get the background info, which was good and informative – but what I found extra helpful were the exercises where you had to apply the new info and how it applied to yourself. Then discussing it was very helpful. [...] I will use the points I have ‘discovered’ about myself from today and include it for my next fellowship application.”

“It opened my eyes to thinking differently about myself, my skills, networking and how to begin developing a realistic career plan (even though it may evolve!). I really liked the ‘transferrable skills’ section - it will really improve how I write job applications (and even emails!). Great program suitable to lots of different personality types and experiences. Thanks!”









Published Oct. 21, 2020 5:50 PM - Last modified Nov. 24, 2020 8:28 AM