Goodbye Academia? (Natural & Life Sciences)

Goodbye Academia? (Natural & Life Sciences)09.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 (Mon)onlineDr. Gramlich, Philipp
Goodbye Academia? (Natural & Life Sciences)11.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 (Wed)onlineDr. Gramlich, Philipp
Goodbye Academia? (Natural & Life Sciences)12.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 (Thu)onlineDr. Gramlich, Philipp
Goodbye Academia? (Natural & Life Sciences)13.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 (Fri)onlineDr. Gramlich, Philipp



Participant Profile

Advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs - Natural and Life Sciences


Have you enjoyed research and teaching in the past years, but think it is time to change? Maybe you are not sure whether to stay in academia or not, but would like to learn more about other possibilities before making a decision? In this course, which has been specifically developed for doctoral candidates and postdocs in the natural sciences, we will not only broaden your view about everything you can do with your qualification, but also give you practical tips on how to reach your personal goals.


Introspection: making plans based on a closer look at yourself
  • We ask after your own strengths, interests and values.
  • How to get on track? Changing professional directions
  • "Plan B": strategies to prevent a professional dead-end streets
Explore: career options for life scientists within ...
  • The private sector
  • The higher education system
  • Governmental institutions
  • Patent law
  • As freelancer
  • Consultancy
  • and many more
Applying for jobs:
  • Differences job applications academia vs. private sector
  • Recruiters, job ads and open applications: your paths to your job
  • Useful tips for the job interview and salary negotiations
  • Expanding and keeping your network
  • Address tricky questions with strategic networking
  • Networking for introverts
  • Social media

Special emphasis can be given to topics related to reconciliation of family and career as well as gender-specific communication and gender-specific challenges in the job. 


Interactive discussions, case studies, experience-oriented game-like activities, practically oriented activities and scenarios, short presentation phases, development of concepts in plenary, individual or small group work.
Participants will receive a book as handout for further reading.
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Dr. Philipp Gramlich