Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Ghent, spring 2020

Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Ghent, spring 2020

career development

Ghent, UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM

Start date:

07 January 2020


Intake interview on 7 January or 14 January 2020

General context

The career guidance sessions will take place via skype, or Teams as long as the measurements to avoid the spreading of the Corona are in place. Lucia Smit (Braingain) will contact you to discuss the practical aspects of your session.


PhDs and postdocs often rethink their career when they start exploring their opportunities outside academia. Having identified themselves with the topic of their research for a couple of years, they have come to a point where there is a need to translate their research into a broader range of acquired competences, professional networks and specific technical skills. On top, there is a desire to gain insight into the working context (industries, departments, type of jobs) in which they possibly could value their skills, competences and networks. Being on a turn of events in their professional careers, there is a desire to picture this change into a larger context of aspirations (drivers, values) regarding their career.


The aim of this course is to support last year PhDs and Postdoctoral researchers in:

  • Defining new career opportunities.
  • Gaining insight in their competences and qualities.
  • Learning how to present themselves to future employers in a professional way.

The Career Guidance Course approach:

  • It consists of 3 modules.
  • Each module deals with a specific topic of career guidance. 
  • Each module consists of an individual session and a group session.  
  • You can choose your own menu. 
  • The course starts with an intake where we will discuss the content of the program and your needs.
  • During the intake, you book the sessions you wish to follow during the corresponding semester.
  • Final registrations will be based on motivation, availability for participation and urgency.
  • The course is offered every semester. 
  • Places are limited: 12 participants for the individual sessions, 15 participants for the group sessions.
Event intended for

This training is explicitly meant for PhDs and postdocs within VIB who will finish their project in the near future (2019/2020). 

Extra information
  • Note that you register for the intake interview only. Seats will be assigned to the participants after the intake interview based on motivation, availability and urgency.
  • This training is only open for VIB participants and is free.
  • Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.
  • This course is also organized in Leuven: click here for more info


Lucia Smit, Braingain

Doctor Lucia Smit is a professional career guide for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers. After finishing her dissertation on the careers of PhDs in the private sector at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she started to guide high potentials in their careers and developed several tools to optimize their placement in a non-academic context. Doctor Lucia Smit is member of international OECD working group on the careers of doctorate holders and consultant for private companies on their R&D and HR strategy for more than 10 years.


Contact Lucia Smit, Braingain :


Intake interview:

7 January 2020 or 14 January 2020 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 30 minutes


Module 1: Career Exploration

Discover your career options 

21 January 2020 or 4 February 2020 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Personal branding

11 February 2020 - room APEX - group session from 11h00 - 14h00


Module 2: Discover your competences and qualities

Detect your qualities and downsides

3 March 2020 or 10 March 2020 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Discover your competences

17 March 2020 - room BUT - group session from 11h00 - 14h00 - cancelled, will be reschedules asap


Module 3: Effective job application

Review your CV and cover letter

21 April 2020 or 5 May 2020 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Convincing a jury

2 June 2020 - room APEX - group session from 11h00 - 14h00



Practical info

Location & Venue
UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM

Technologiepark 71
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport
UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge. Walk into the park to the roundabout and then straight on. The UGent-VIB research building is the first building on the left.

There is also a shuttle bus between Gent-Sint-Pieters and Technologiepark, more information can be found here.


Route description
UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact
UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM
Location contact

+32 9 331 36 00

Extra information