Preparing for an international career


Career Management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools, no previous knowledge required


This specialised Career Workshop will entail some of the best insights for PhD students aiming for careers at the United Nations or other International Organisations. Does making a difference motivate you? Are you driven to be a part of a bigger purpose in the service of humanity? Eager to pursue a career in the international labor market and international institutions? Are you the type of person who will travel and work in different countries? Do you thrive in an environment that is truly international and multi-cultural, which respects as well as promotes diversity and functions at its best through the efforts of teams of different people? You wonder what skill set and competencies to bring along? In this workshop, participants will receive an introduction to the United Nations and other international institutions, learn about different types of profiles accessible with PhD + skills needed, get to know career tracks of PhD holders across different international organisations (UN, World bank, OECD, IMF…) and receive information on junior tracks, including eligibility + recruitment process. Participants will learn how to write a motivation letter and CV for international careers and how to best prepare for oral and written tests and interviews.


Day 1


Introduction the work opportunities in the United Nations, entry points, required skillset, competencies and qualifications. Overview and work opportunities in international organizations other than the United Nations

13h00 – 16h00

UN officials (guest speakers) from UN organizations walk us through their careers and tell us how they entered the UN. They exchange with the audience, answer enquiries and provide career advice, share experience and provide concrete cases and examples of products, services and work missions carried out.

Day 2


Career planning, goal setting, vision and next steps towards a UN career. Each person would need to fill in an action plan, which will presented in the group, including feedback and planning of next steps.

13h00 – 16h00

Focus group meetings with selected students to provide coaching and advisory services on their individual career pathway.

Time schedule & Venue

Time Format
17 and 18 October 2023 9:00-16:00

Leslokaal 1.1, Campus Ledeganck

Registration procedure

Follow this link to subscribe to the registration or waiting list.

Registration fee

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



Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this takes up to one to two months after completion of the course