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Introduction CPS Workshop Careers outside academia

Information:

This workshop is designed to inform PhD candidates on the many different career paths possible with a PhD degree. The workshop will consist of a general introduction to the 3 different aspects of the CPS Outside Academia track: (1) skill courses, (2) mentorship and internship opportunities, and (3) the business speed dating platform.

The second part of the workshop consists of several short lectures/pitches from PhD alumni from different career paths including Government (werken voor Nederland), consultancy, policy, NGO, industry and others. These lectures are aimed to inform PhD candidates about the tasks, work environment and activities for a career in each of these career paths.

Instructors: Various PhD Alumni
Date and Time:

Friday 9 October 2020, 15:00 - 17:00, followed by networking drinks -if we can meet face to face again by then.

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location:

To be announced, possibly online

Maximum 35 participants. Open to all PhD candidates. If the workshop is oversubscribed, priority will be given to participants in the PhD Scholarship program. If you have registered and you do not hear from us about the course being oversubscribed, then please consider your registration as confirmed.

Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about the three different aspects of Outside Academia CPS track: (1) skills, (2) mentorships and internships, and (3) business speed dating platform.
  • Familiarise yourself with the variety of different career possibilities for PhD graduates.
  • Have the opportunity to network with PhD Alumni.

Keywords: Outside Academia, CPS workshop, career information.

Organisers:

Groningen Graduate Schools, PhD Alumni Network

Registration: Register here for this workshop

CV building and writing outside academia

Information:

This workshop is two-tiered: In the first part, the focus will be on CV building and the different activities you can do to strengthen and improve content for your CV. In the second part of this workshop the focus will be on how to translate your CV building activities to an impressive CV, the do’s and don’ts, and what different employers look for in a CV during the CV selection round.

Instructors: Career Services
Date and Time: Friday 11 October 2019, 14:00 - 16:00, followed by networking drinks.
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 in Groningen
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about what experiences would be valuable for building up content for your CV.
  • Learn how to translate your experiences into an impressive written CV.
  • Learn about what employers look for when selecting candidates based on their CVs.
Organisers:

Groningen Graduate Schools, Career Services

Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next acacemic year (2020-2021)

Motivation and cover letter writing Outside Academia

Information:

Writing a motivation or cover letter outside academia differs from the ones written for inside academia. Employers in different career fields expect to find different qualities and ambitions in these letters. This workshop will focus on a structured build-up of your motivation letter, what to mention and what not to mention and how to write an impressive motivation letter that highlights your own qualities in the best way possible.

Instructors: Career Services
Date and Time:

Friday 22 November 2019, 14:00 – 16:00, followed by networking drinks.

Costs: € 10,00 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Club Lounge
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about what employers from different fields look for in a motivation or cover letter.
  • Learn how to structure your own motivation letter for outside academia careers.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools, Career Services
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next academic year (2020-2021)

Entrepreneurship

Information:

Have you ever considered entrepreneurship as your career option? Why not? Probably because you think you need an entrepreneurial DNA or because you need to have great ideas to start with. That’s, at least, what we hear most often. In this workshop we will talk about popular myths and truths about entrepreneurship. For example, do you know that only one third of people start their own companies because they saw a great opportunity, while for others entrepreneurship was a conscious choice to start acting?

Maybe you already have a great idea to start your own business, or you are wondering if your idea is really as great as you think. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea to each other - if you want to - and receive useful feedback. Maybe you don't have an idea yet, or you are hesitant to present it. Rest assured, you don't have to do a pitch. Hearing from others and giving feedback can be educational in itself!

At the end of the workshop, you will have a clearer understanding how you could develop ideas with which you can start a viable business as soon as tomorrow, and discuss how different organizations and initiatives in the ecosystem of the Northern Netherlands could support you in this.

Instructors: Aniek Ouendag
Date and Time: Friday 13 November 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, followed by networking drinks - if we can meet face to face again by then.
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: For now this workshop will be offered online; if a physical meeting is organized, participants will be notified of the location.
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about myths and truths about entrepreneurship
  • Understand how you could start a viable business
  • Learn about organizations that can support you in your efforts
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Register here for this workshop

Interview skills

Information:

In the workshop interview skills, you will learn how to best tackle a job interview. Not all Job interviews are the same so different interview styles will be discussed and tools on how to approach and handle these different styles will be explained. Afterwards you have to opportunity to test your interview skills.

Instructors: Improsa: Marjolein Inklaar
Date and Time:

Friday 23 October 2:00 - 5:00 pm, followed by networking drinks - if we can meet face to face again by then.

In case we are still offering the workshops online instead of face to face, this workshop will be split into 2 groups:

Group 1: Friday 23 October, 9:30 am
Group 2: Friday 23 October, 2:30 pm

It is scheduled to last 3 hours but will probably be a bit shorter in the online version. Please make sure you are available for the live session as well as the online sessions before registering. We will let you know as soon as possible in which form the workshop will take place.

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location:

Will be offered online for now, locations will be added once we can get together face to face again; details will be sent to participants

Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about what you can do to prepare for a job interview.
  • Learn about different interview styles for different careers.
  • Practice interviews with experienced trainers.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Register here for this workshop

Networking for people who hate it

Information:

Networking is an essential part of any career. We all have to do it, that doesn’t mean we all like it! In this workshop you will be given tips and tricks on how to network successfully (even if you struggle with networking) and also on how to keep track and manage the contacts that you have made while networking. Maintaining your network can sometimes be harder than gaining it, but it is simpler to do than many people think.

Instructors: Career Services
Date and Time: Friday 1 November 2019, 14:00 - 16:00, followed by networking drinks
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5, 9712 AW Groningen
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about how you can start building up your networking skills.
  • Learn tips and trick that can help you if networking is not your strong point.
  • Learn about how you can maintain and manage your contacts.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next academic year (2020-2021) on the condition that we can have a physical meeting.

Consultancy and Case Training

Information:

What is a career in consultancy and what skills do you need to work in a consultancy firm? In this workshop, you will hear from employees and PhD alumni who work in consultancy and will tell you more about pursuing a consultancy career. You will gain information on what type of functions there are within a consultancy firm and what skills do you need in order to work in consultancy. You will also learn about the different techniques and types of projects they work on. The speakers will also provide some insights into the intake procedures for becoming a consultant. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about a career in consulting and network with consultancy firm employees.

Instructors: Ronald ten Have, Jacob Mulder and Rob Wanders, CGI Consultancy
Date and Time: Friday 21 February 2020, 15:00 - 17:00, followed by networking drinks
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5, 9712 AW Groningen
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about a career in consultancy.
  • Hear from PhD Alumni how they made the step into their consultancy career.
  • Leanr what skills you need to develop in order to work in consultancy.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next acacemic year (2020-2021)

Working Perspectives at a University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool)

Information:

This meeting will provide you with information about the working possibilities for Doctorate Holders at Universities of Applied Sciences. Here you can register for the workshop on a first come first serve base.

This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Programme:

There will be a general introduction during which you will be informed about the career paths at the Universities of Applied Sciences: a lecturer, a researcher and a teacher that used to work at a research university will each give a short lecture about their work and careers.

Subsequently there will be two rounds of meetings with different institutes at the UoA.

Please find a description of the meetings here (link opens a separate pdf file)

You can register for two of the six meetings. Registration for the meetings is now available in the registration form.

Find the full programme of the afternoon here (link opens a separate pdf file)

Instructors: various
Date and time: to be planned again in 2021
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Glazen Zaal
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Organizers: Human Resources
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed

Assertiveness now and at your new job

Information:

Being pro-active means there will be times you will have to take action by causing change rather than only reacting to change when it happens. Assertiveness is one of the most valued characteristics in an employee, trainee, entrepreneur or postdoc. If assertiveness is not a quality that comes naturally to you, you might need some help embracing it and displaying it. In this workshop you will be given advice, tips and tricks, and practice being assertive in various scenarios in order to help you develop your own assertiveness skills and come across as an assertive person.

Instructors: Improsa
Date and Time:

Friday 2 October 2020, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, followed by networking drinks - if we can meet face to face again by then.

In case we are still offering the workshops online instead of face to face, this workshop will be split into 2 groups:

Group 1: Friday 2 October, 9:30 am
Group 2: Friday 2 October, 2:30 pm

It is scheduled to last 3 hours but will probably be a bit shorter in the online version. Please make sure you are available for the live session as well as the online sessions before registering. We will let you know as soon as possible in which form the workshop will take place.

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location:

Will be offered online for now, locations will be added once we can get together face to face again; details will be sent to participants

Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about assertiveness and how to be assertive in the workplace.
  • Learn tips and tricks to develop your skills in being assertive.
  • Practice your assertiveness skills with qualified trainers.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Registration for this workshop will open soon

Media Training

Information:

When your career starts taking off, either inside or outside academia, you may on occasion be approached by journalists to talk about your research, specialty or business, or give comments or insights into particular topics. As we know there are many ways nowadays to publish information, such as television, radio, internet, and social media, and all of these different forms of media have a different focus when delivering content. This training will teach you how to prepare yourself for speaking to the media. You will also learn about what types of careers in the media are possible coming from an academic background.

Instructors: Jorien Bakker
Date and Time: Friday 3 April 2020, 15:00 - 17:00, followed by networking drinks
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Glazen Zaal
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to present yourself when speaking to journalists.
  • Learn tips and tricks when talking to the media.
  • Practice your own media interviews with trainers.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools, UG Communications.
Registration: This workshop has been cancelled due to Covid-19 measures

Recruiter talks

Information:

During this workshop, recruitment agencies with Graduate school specific portfolios will provide information on what recruitment agencies are, how they work, what they look for when finding new candidates, and what lines of careers and companies they usually recruit for. This workshop is aimed at networking, how to make yourself visible to recruiters and how to stand out to recruiters.

Instructors: Martin van der Velden, Consultant Clinical Research & Medical Affairs at QTC Recruitment
Date and Time:

tba

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: tbd
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about what recruitment agencies are and how they work.
  • Learn what company recruiters look for when scouting for new candidates and how to make yourself visible to recruiters.
  • Learn how recruitment agencies can help you in selecting your next employer
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools, Career Services
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed

What can HR do for you at your next job

Information:

Every organisation has to deal with the processes of hiring employees, their orientation, assessment, development and the (eventual) resignation or firing of employees. In most organisations the HR department supports these processes. In this workshop you will be given an overview of the role of HR and how HR can support you and the entire workplace organisation to help get the best out of everyone. You will get tips and tricks on how HR can help you in your career.

Instructors: Liesbeth Volbeda
Date and Time: tba
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: tbd
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about processes in HR.
  • Learn how HR helps manage all employees at an organisation.
  • Learn tips and tricks on how HR can help you at your next job.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools, HR Experts (UG)
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed

Negotiation Skills

Information:

The further you get into your career, any career, the more deals you will have to make. It might be as simple as dealing with vendors for lab equipment quotes, or with a customer for your company, or as complex as details of employment for your first job. All these deals and interactions have one thing in common: terms have to be negotiated. Negotiating might seem daunting if you have no experience with this. This workshop is designed to introduce you to negotiating - negotiating 101! You will learn about what negotiation is and what to do when you are in a negotiation situation, and practice different negotiation techniques in order to build up your negotiations skills.

Instructors: Career Services, Pepijn Tielens
Date and Time: Friday 1 May 2020, 14:00 - 16:00
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Will be offered online via Blackboard Collaborate
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about negotiating skills and different techniques for negotiating.
  • Learn to recognize a negotiation situation and how to apply negotiation skills in your career.
  • Practice negotiation skills with a qualified trainer.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration:

Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next acacemic year (2020-2021)

Scrumming and other project management techniques

Information:

Whether you have a career inside or outside academia, you will undoubtedly have to manage many different projects. Project management is therefore an essential skill to have. There are a plethora of project management techniques being used that are especially designed to keep track of and complete projects in the most effective manner.

Scrum Workshop
This workshop provides general knowledge of project management techniques and focuses on the foundational knowledge needed to work with Scrum in a highly practical way. After the introduction, students will work together as a team in a sprint to build a product, thereby facing real-life problems. The workshop ends with a short evaluation.
  • General project management theorie (50 minutes)
  • An Agile/Scrum project (sprint) in teams (60 minutes)
  • Evaluation (10 min)
After the workshop, the students have basic knowledge of scrum and are able to participate in a scrum team.
Instructors: IT Academy Noord Nederland
Date and Time: Friday 28 February 2020, 15:00 - 17:00, followed by networking drinks
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Glazen Zaal
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about scrumming and other project management techniques.
  • Learn how to apply the techniques described during the workshop in your work.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Registration for this workshop is currently closed; it will be held again in the next acacemic year (2020-2021)

Teamwork and team selection

Information:

The further you get in your career the more likely it will be that you will work in teams. You may have to manage other coworkers or even lead your own project team or research group. When the time first arrives when you have to work in a large team, you may question how to work effectively, or how you can use your own personal strengths to anchor your team. This workshop will focus on your own strengths and what you can bring to a team. We will focus on your own style and role in a team and how to look at teams, especially when something does not go smoothly.

Instructors: Jan Pieter Weening
Date and Time: Friday 20 November 2020, 15:00 – 17:00, followed by networking drinks
Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: tbd
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about how to lead a team
  • Learn about the personal strengths you can bring to a team
  • Practice teamworking skills with qualified trainers
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools, Career Services
Registration: Registrations for this revamped workshop will reopen soon

Storytelling

Information:

Knowing how to tell your story well is of great importance in any career. The strongest alliances are built while pitching and discussing stories. These efforts can be made as effective as possible by training yourself in the art of storytelling. How do you connect with your audience and keep them hanging on your every word? How do you make sure that the most important message gets across to your audience and remains lingering in their thoughts? During this workshop you will learn tips and tricks about the art of storytelling and practice these techniques while telling your own story.

Instructors: Improsa
Date and Time:

Friday 4 December 2020, 2:00-5:00 pm, followed by networking drinks - if we can meet face to face again by then.

In case we are still offering the workshops online instead of face to face, this workshop will be split into 2 groups:

Group 1: Friday 4 December 2020, 9:30 am
Group 2: Friday 4 December 2020, 2:30 pm

It is scheduled to last 3 hours but will probably be a bit shorter in the online version. Please make sure you are available for the live session as well as the online sessions before registering. We will let you know as soon as possible in which form the workshop will take place.

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location:

Will be offered online for now, locations will be added once we can get together face to face again; details will be sent to participants

Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to pitch your story to captivate an audience.
  • Practice your story-telling skills with trained professionals.
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Register here for this workshop

Why perfectionism is a waste of time

Information:

During your PhD training we learn to focus on detail; we are expected to know everything about our field of study and we constantly read and absorb more and more information. We are scrutinized on every detail of our work and we feel like an imposter if we discover a gap in our knowledge. This forces us to be thorough, focused, hard-working and exact. The downside of this aspect of our PhD training is that it turns us into perfectionists; we feel that nothing is ever good enough or ever ready to be evaluated. This perfectionism does not improve our mental health nor our effectivity. On the contrary, it can diminish our professional output and can prevent us from achieving our goals. This workshop focuses on perfectionism, how and where it is our strength, but also how and where it is a weakness, and why perfectionism wastes our time. Most importantly, we will focus on identifying perfectionist traits and how to deal with them so we can achieve our goals and manage our time effectively!

Instructors:

Costs:
Location:

Credits:
Learning Goals:
  • This workshop will no longer be offered by the Career Perspectives Series. Instead, we happily refer you to a free 3-part course called "Embrace Imperfection", which is offered by Student Services Centre and is part of our PhD Support package.
Organisers:
Registration: Registration for this workshop is closed

Learn to fail (and stay happy about it!)

Information:

When you enter a new employment position after your PhD, you will enter into a training period where you will encounter a new work environment, new colleagues, and new responsibilities and tasks. Our perfectionist selves will want to do everything flawlessly, but as you enter a new learning phase, chances are that you will make several mistakes at your new workplace, or you might find that you just weren't cut out for this line of work. How do you deal with failure?

This workshop teaches you how to deal with making mistakes and failure, how to stay happy about it so that when you happen to fall flat on your face, you fall as gracefully as possible. Happy about failing? That sounds like quite the contradiction. It is not the easiest thing in the world to train yourself in, but it is possible. Look at failures as a positive step in personal development. The trainers from Improsa will teach you how to deal with failures and how to change your state of mind when you do dwindle into negative thoughts. They will do this by doing all sorts of playful exercises where you discover the barriers you put up yourself against staying happy. So, in essence, they will show you and practice with you!

Instructors: Improsa
Date and Time:

Friday 29 January 2021 , 2:00-5:00 pm, followed by networking drinks - if we can meet face to face again by then.

In case we are still offering the workshops online instead of face to face, this workshop will be split into 2 groups:

Group 1: Friday 29 January 2021, 9:30 am
Group 2: Friday 29 January 2021, 2:30 pm

It is scheduled to last 3 hours but will probably be a bit shorter in the online version. Please make sure you are available for the live session as well as the online sessions before registering. We will let you know as soon as possible in which form the workshop will take place.

Costs: €10 (fee also covers networking drinks)
Location: Will be offered online for now, locations will be added once we can get together face to face again; details will be sent to participants
Credits: 0.2 ECTS
Learning Goals:

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn to manage failure and dealing with mistakes
  • Learn how we react to failure and how we can change these perceptions
  • Practice situations with professional trainers
Organisers: Groningen Graduate Schools
Registration: Registration for this workshop will open soon
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