Employability outside academia
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- Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:00
PCDI's course to enhance your employability in non-academic careers
Employability Outside Academia is a course that supports PhD students and postdocs in their preparation to make the transition to industry and/or non-profit organisations. It helps them finding out what position would suit them.
In three full days, you will find answers to questions like: Is it realistic for me to stay in academia or shout I seek for a job elsewere? What do I (really) want? What job opportunities are there for PhD students and postdocs outside academia? What is necessary to make the transition to a position outside academia? Am I maybe too old to make the transition? How can I increase my attractiveness to non-academic employers? What steps do I need to take? How do I present myself towards organizations outside academia? How do I deal with the insecurities I have?, etc.
With help of the trainer and your fellow participants you will receive tailor made answers to the career questions you have. As a bonus, you will definitely gain a lot more self-insight!
Why an employability course for Early Career Researchers?
The vast majority of people with a PhD can not stay in academia, given the limited number of positions.
Second, early career researchers are not educated for a career outside academia an are not aware of career opportunities outside the academic world.
In addition, discrepancies exist between the skill sets academic researchers present and what non-academic employers are looking for. As a centre of expertise for postdoc development, PCDI was commissioned by the Amsterdam Economic Board to investigate this mismatch. No less than ten different companies and two umbrella associations [brancheverenigingen] were involved: What do they expect from PhDs and what discrepancies they see in competences.
Based on this survey PCDI developed a preparative course for postdocs and PhDs. The course is open to all Early Career Researchers who aim to make the transition out of academia.
'I was really stressed about my future […] this course made me relax
seeing there are a lot of opportunities for jobs where I didn’t expect them.'
Increase your employability!
By the end of the course you will:
- have an idea about what you want with your career
- have made a survey of competences acquired in the academic track, including transferable skills
- have identified your personal strengths, weaknesses and skill gaps
- have a clear view of the professional demands in non academic organisations and know how these differ from academia
- be able to state the added value of your PhD and/or postdoc experience to employers
- have an idea how your career might look like if you decide to leave academia
- have a personal development plan to guide your long-term career development
A certificate of participation will be provided. At some institutes this can be used to collect credits for your PhD
'Employability outside academia is very useful and helped me a lot. I would advise people to follow this course as my perspective on the future and what I want has definitely changed'
'The course [...] helped me to identify the types of jobs that would suit me and also to develop a personal action plan to allow me to pursue the jobs I identified.'
Find more testimonials from participants here
Employability outside academia course
This course consists of 3 x 1 full-day sessions
(Spare date: 9 October 2017)
Attendance of all 3 days is strongly recommended
Final phase PhD students and postdocs
895 euro - see fee and funding page
Online registration is now open until one week prior to the start of the course or until maximum capacity of 18 participants is reached. Register here