Trainings and Presentations

In the following areas we offer both single/multiple-day seminars as well as lectures in the context of, for example, networking events.

Career Development

Professor wanted! – Planning and optimizing your academic career

The early postdoc years are essential for academic career development. During this period, scientists are often torn between conflicting priorities of intellectual independence, on the one hand, and meeting professional obligations towards their employers, on the other hand. Postdoctoral candidates are expected to develop an independent publication record, apply for external funding, create a distinct research profile, build a teaching portfolio, communicate their research, build a network, undertake research stays abroad, etc. etc. Which of these tasks are particularly important? What are the top priorities? Which time frame is appropriate and compatible with my personal private priorities? How important is the habilitation? The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to learning about and evaluating the various requirements for a long-term career in academia. Based on this, participants will analyze their current situation. As part of this process, participants will review their current academic profile. Following this reflection, they will develop and specify next goals and major steps towards qualifying for a long-term academic career. Contact | up

Should I stay or should I go? – Career paths in and outside academia

Scientists are highly-qualified experts within their field. At the same time, many scientists have the impression that the skills and competencies acquired during and after the PhD have no value on the job market outside academia, and that alternative career perspectives do not exist in industry and economy. This point of view constricts the perception of opportunities for careers both within and outside the scientific arena. The seminar will provide incentives to reflect on one’s own competencies and to recognise one’s own ‘market value’, to get to know the options and requirements for an academic career as well as alternative non-university career pathways, and to develop one’s own career based on a sense of conviction and not on a feeling of a lack of prospects. Contact | up

Time to say goodbye! - Leaving academia

With more and more junior researchers trying to stay in academia, permanent academic positions are becoming increasingly competitive. Faced with this employment bottle-neck, many young academics cannot – or choose not to – compete on the academic job market. This group, which constitutes the majority of recent PhDs, faces questions such as: Am I qualified for jobs outside academia? How do I find a job in government or industry? Which of my skills and experiences are most attractive for non-academic employers? What are my interests? In this seminar, we focus on strategies and individual perspectives for a successful transition from academia to job possibilities in the outside world. Contact | up

job application

Your first audition? – How to apply for full professorship

Every scientist who decides to stay permanently in academia, sooner or later faces what is supposed to be career’s hardest challenge: Applying for full professorship. The workshop aims to give you insights in the application procedure – a procedure that is highly formalized but often lacks transparency and differs in many aspects from other application formats in academia. In this seminar, we deal with your written application as well as topic-related and strategic advise for your selection interview, application presentation and demonstration lecture. We focus on different aspects of the appointment procedures, such as typical and critical questions during the selection interview, potential snares during the demonstration lecture or ambivalent interests among the members of the audition committee. Moreover, we work on how to present yourself and your academic profile successfully and how to emphasize your particular expertise. Contact | up

Postdoc wanted! – Applying for postdoc positions

What are my postdoctoral career options? Should I apply for specific job openings or should I apply for scholarships to go abroad? What other options (e.g., writing a DFG grant) should I consider? Which key skills acquired during my dissertation years should be highlighted when applying for postdoc positions? How do I get my application into shape? How do I present myself during the job interview? How important is my dissertation topic? Is it possible to negotiate my salary? In this seminar, strategies for those interested in a postdoctoral position will be addressed. Individualized strategies will be discussed through the use of practical examples. Contact | up


Attention please! – Presenting successfully at conferences and in other scientific contexts

Successful communication in oral presentations is essential in academia. Talks, panel discussions, and poster presentations shape how colleagues and the public perceive you and your research. How you present your research and yourself can 'make or break' the success of a grant application, a job opportunity, or a collaboration down the line. In this seminar, we teach and help you practice authentic presentation techniques that work. Above and beyond, we will discuss ideas and rules for successful networking strategies. Contact | up

Where have all the hours gone? – How to organize your working life in academia

From the beginning of their careers on, scientists have to structure their everyday work with high levels of self-sufficiency and autonomy. Single tasks typically require long-term commitment and are quite complex – a paper is not written within one day and a careful revision of students’ thesis takes often longer than intended. However, external control, for example by supervisors, is usually only exercised when it is already too late. At the same time, distractions are numerous (e.g., short-time interruptions by colleagues and students, or quick escapes to Google and YouTube). In this seminar, you learn to structure and control yourself, your time, your motivation and your workflow. We particularly address the specific characteristics and requirements of your everyday research environment. Contact | up