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

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

UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM

Technologiepark 71
9052 Zwijnaarde
Belgium

Intake interview on 10 September or 11 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.

Objectives

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.
Approach

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

Trainers

Lucia Smit, Braingain
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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. For more information visit www.braingain.be.

 

Contact Lucia Smit, Braingain :

Program

Intake interview:

10 September 2019 or 11 September 2019 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 30 minutes

 

Module 1: Career Exploration

Discover your career options 

17 September 2019 or 1 October 2019 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Personal branding

8 October 2019 - room APEX - group session from 11h00 - 14h00

 

Module 2: Discover your competences and qualities

Detect your qualities and downsides

15 October 2019 or 5 November 2019 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Discover your competences

12 November 2019 - room APEX - group session from 11h00 - 14h00

 

Module 3: Effective job application

Review your CV and cover letter

19 November 2019 or 3 December 2019 - room Bio IT - individual slot of 60 minutes

Convincing a jury

10 December 2019 - room APEX - group session from 11h00 - 14h00

 

 

Practical info

UGent-VIB Research Building FSVM

Technologiepark 71
9052 Zwijnaarde
Belgium

Parking

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Public transport

Itineraries:

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.

 

Extra information
 

Contact

VIB training
Tel: +32 9 244 66 11
Mail: training@vib.be