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Career Outside Academia 27 March 2018

As a PhD student you develop important skills, but how can these skills be useful for jobs outside academia? Which qualifications do you need in order to be successful in jobs outside academia? How do you manage to find the right job? These are the key questions in our Career Perspectives Series event “ Your next step outside Academia ".

The programme is divided into two parts. First off, three alumni will tell you all about a career outside academia from their perspectives. In the second half of the programme it’s your turn: in workshops you will learn to identify your skills for a career outside academia, and to present yourself to the job market. More information can be found in the detailed overview of the programme .

During this event, you can participate in two out of five workshops that are offered:

How entrepreneurial will your career be?
In the dynamics of the current labour market it is becoming more likely that you will (have to) be entrepreneurial. In this workshop we will discuss what entrepreneurship is, what entrepreneurial behaviour looks like and what kind of entrepreneurial careers you can get. Furthermore, we will show which preparations you can do during your studies to become competent in entrepreneurship in your own field.

Presenting your PhD skills outside academia
You are in the second half of your PhD, and at this point you may wonder how to pursuit your career. Career paths within academia may be clear to you, but the world outside academia is rather unfamiliar. Moreover, the ways to find interesting jobs and present yourself in a favourable way to future employers is new. In this short interactive workshop, you start to take a new perspective on your (academic) experience, skills and strengths. This supports you in matching your unique characteristics to interesting jobs. Further, it provides you with first ideas to translate your academic qualities into added value outside academia.

What is a traineeship? How can a traineeship kick start your career outside academia? And what is a good traineeship? In this workshop, we will tell you all about what a good traineeship is, how and when a traineeship can really help to develop your talents, and what kind of career opportunities it can offer.

Intercultural communication
When you decide to find employment outside the university after obtaining your PhD, chances are high that you will be working with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. You may choose a career at international companies, but even the Dutch labour market has become increasingly culturally diverse.

Obviously, communication is a vital aspect of successful collaboration with colleagues with different cultural backgrounds. What enhances clarity of communication is an understanding of various communication styles, i.e. the preferred way in which people express themselves that is learned and shared by a particular group. To identify different styles, to know one’s own preferred style and to be able to accommodate to another person’s style for greater clarity in communication, are important aspects of intercultural competence.

In this workshop, we will explore such styles, increase awareness of one’s own preferred style and practice accommodating to other styles. You will increase your understanding of effective communication and decide how you can use the remaining period at the university to improve your intercultural communication skills.

How to successfully network - When you hate talking to people
These days, around 70% of all jobs are acquired by networking. People get hired because they know someone, who knows someone… This way they get in touch with others, who could be relevant to their careers. How do they do this? Is it compulsory to dress up in a suit and attend seminars all the time? Are there other ways to network successfully? Join this workshop to master the first steps of networking, to practice and to feel more comfortable talking to new people!

You will need to prepare for the workshops by making an assignment.

This event is open for PhD students who are in their third or fourth year of their PhD project, and who are a member of one of the Graduate Schools of the Federation or Campus Fryslân. The event will take place at Het Kasteel (Melkweg 1 , Groningen city centre) on Tuesday March 27, 2018, 12:45 – 17:00 (drinks afterwards). For this event no costs are charged.

You can register by filling in the registration form. On the form, please indicate your top 3 preference for the workshops. We will do our best to assign you to your number 1 and 2 preference. The deadline for registration is Monday March 19, 2018. Only a limited number of places are available, so make sure to register soon.

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