Grow your future career


Career management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


3rd / 4th year PhD students, any background


Robin Lefebvre, Grow2Excel

Trainings Purpose

Shaping your future career starts with you. You’ll get selected for your future career based on the estimate of your likely success. Which is based on your passions, your values and your strengths. When all that fits, it depends on how you sell yourself.
The objective of this training is to build the brand called YouTM , leveraging various tools, to build a clear personal equity, starting from your strengths, values and passions. Starting with why you do what you do, then how you do it and finally what you stand for. Following the golden circle principle from Simon Sinek. Because people don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe. This is what creates a very clear image of the brand YouTM. Then learn how and where to sell it, to grow your future career. Lastly, get insider information on how talent based recruitment works, how to prepare, do’s and don’ts for your resume and how to shine in your interview.

Training Objectives

1.    Increase your personal effectiveness, by building the ‘brand called you’, from your strengths, values and passions.
2.    Learn why, when, and how to sell the brand YouTM  .
3.    Understand the purpose of the CV, the do's and don’ts for a non-academic CV.
4.    How to further grow your exposure by leveraging LinkedIn.
Awareness – participants will…
•    Have a better understanding of their own strengths and know how to grow faster leveraging their strengths.
•    Have a better understanding of their personal passions and values and can leverage them as a compass to set goals that lead to action.
•    Have a better understanding of how recruitment works in general and how to best prepare for it.
Skills – participants will be able to…
•    Make a more informed choice on how the select a job application.
•    Be more intentional on expanding and leveraging their network.
•    Determine what competences they want to grow further to make them more successful in their future career. Understand the different phases of talent recruitment and how to best prepare yourself.

Training pre-work

The training is highly personalised, and will provide feedback on you and your branding. The better you prepare the more you will/can be coached. Pre-work includes an online assessment, a 360 feedback assessment by your peers, and searching for a vacancy.

Training methods

This training will be provided as a live conference training, where the first 2 days you will be building the brand YouTM, the reconnect day we you will be practicing how to ACE an interview. The reconnect day includes a 1on1 coaching slot with the trainer. The focus is on your expectations, your questions and your needs. You will be doing the work, via individual exercises, small group exercises and group discussions.

During the web conference training, there will be live interaction with the trainer and the participants, please ensure:

  • A quiet room where you can work behind your pc and where you can write either on post-it or paper.
  • Your computer is set up with clear audio (speakers and microphone).
  • Your computer is set up with a webcam or other video tool so that we can see you.
  • Pre-install the app Zoom on your PC, it will go smoother than the web version:

Time schedule

Dates (1 course = 3 days)











Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies.


Your registration will be confirmed by separate email from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can ask to be added to the waiting list by sending an e-mail to . Please mention your ID student nr.

Number of participants

Maximum 15



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Non-periodic continuous assessment; 100% participation