Career support for PhD candidates

Career Thursdays

Are you feeling lost in terms of what your future career will be? Do you want to profile yourself in the best possible way and showcase your skills to external companies and research institutions alike? Do you have questions about what the Dutch labor market looks like?

If you responded positively to any of these questions then Career Thursdays workshops are the right thing for you!

We are offering Career Thursdays workshops with Rob every other Thursday in the month, starting February 2019, and for the duration of 4 Hours. 

Besides skills development and talent management career sessions, we will also be offering Advanced Career Thursdays workshop to satisfy the craving needs of our PhDs for a more advanced, practical and hands-on experience. 

In the Advanced Career Thursdays workshops you will practice for an interview, practice promoting  yourself to potential employers, work on teasing out your key skills and features learnt during the PhD process, besides research skills and many many more. 

Timetable:

Career Thursdays 

1. Skill development workshop 10h-14h

14 February. Where: Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
14 March. Where:  (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)
11 April. Where:  (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)
9 May. Where: Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)

2. Talent management workshop10h-14h

28 February. Where:  Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
28 March. Where:  Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
25 April. Where:  Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
23 May. Where:  (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)

3. Advanced Career Thursdays workshop10h-14h

21 February. Where: Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
21 March. Where:  Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
18 April. Where:  Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
16 May. Where:  (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)

Duration: 4h per workshop (with a short break and coffee/tea)
10h – 14h 

We recommend taking both Skills Development and Talent Management workshops or at least one prior to joining the Advanced Career Thursdays workshop.

Place: Global Room, Hoofdgebouw VU-main building, 1A-36 (first floor, wing A, rom 36)
EXCEPT
14 MARCH (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)
11 APRIL (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem (Medical Faculty)
16 MAY (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)
23 MAY (VZ) MF-D132 Salutem 1 (Medical Faculty)

Price: 17,50 Euros per workshop. Minimum 10 participants. Maximum 15.

For whom: suitable for PhD candidates at every stage in their PhD trajectory. The sooner you  narrow down your qualities, profile your skills and define what type of career you envision the better the chances at finding future career pathways. 

Contact: phd@vu.nl
NOTE: Graduate Schools and Departments award ECs for attending these workshops. Please consult your graduate schools or PhD coordinators to obtain further information.

To apply for any of the workshop sessions please follow the instructions in theapplication form. 

Testimonials from 2018:

The quality of the coach and the content was absolutely outstanding. The coach was very perceptive and anticipated personal views flawlessly.
 I love the workshop! The instructor is very good. This should be mandatory for every PhD in the first year.
 I would recommend the workshops to every PhD. Most of time we are only aware about current research issues and not planning the future. The awareness brought by the coaching could improve the way we design, run and publish scientific evidences.