Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Leuven, autumn 2019

Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Leuven, autumn 2019


Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg

Start date:

12 September 2019


Intake interview on 12 September or 13 September 2019

General context

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.
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 Ghent: 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

12 September 2019 or 13 September 2019 - Room O&N4 04.17 - individual session of 30 minutes


Module 1: Career Exploration

Discover your career options

20 September 2019 or 4 October 2019 - Room O&N4 04.17 - individual session of 60 minutes

Personal branding

11 October 2019 - Room 06.239 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00


Module 2: Discover your competences and qualities

Detect your qualities and downsides

18 October 2019 or 8 November 2019 - Room O&N4 04.17 - individual session of 60 minutes

Discover your competences

15 November 2019 - Room 06.239 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00


Module 3: Effective job application

Review your CV and cover letter

22 November 2019 or 6 December 2019 - Room O&N4 04.17 - individual session of 60 minutes

Convincing a jury

13 December 2019 - Room 06.239 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00

Practical info

Location & Venue
Campus Gasthuisberg

Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven

Public transport
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Route description
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Venue contact
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