Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Leuven, spring 2021

Career Guidance for PhD's and Postdocs, Leuven, spring 2021

career development

Leuven Campus Gasthuisberg, or online

Start date:

14 January 2021


Intake interview on 14 or 15 January 2021

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.
Event intended for

This training is explicitly meant for PhDs and postdocs within VIB who will finish their project in the coming two years (2021/2022). 

Course materials
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 or 13 January 2021 - individual slot of 30 minutes


Module 1: Career Exploration

Discover your career options 

22 January 2021 or 5 February 2021 - individual slot of 60 minutes

Personal branding

12 February 2021 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00


Module 2: Discover your competences and qualities

Detect your qualities and downsides

5 March 2021 or 12 March 2021 - individual slot of 60 minutes

Discover your competences

19 March 2021 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00


Module 3: Effective job application

Review your CV and cover letter

23 April 2021 or 7 May 2021 - individual slot of 60 minutes

Convincing a jury

21 May 2021 - group session from 11h00 - 14h00



Practical info

Extra information