11th From PhD to Job Market: 'Getting ahead with a PhD in the SSH'

Career management event organised by UGent, VUB, UA, UHasselt and KU Leuven

Your career is likely to take you outside the hallowed halls of academia. Exploring the non-academic realm is a vitalizing and thoroughly exhilarating process, but often causes a great deal of anxiety and nervousness. From PhD to Job Market will help you reduce your fears and increase your “real-life” successes.

Join us for a supercharged and future-forward conference on career paths and opportunities for PhDs in social sciences and humanities with keynote lectures, PhD career stories and several labour market oriented workshops.

Places are limited! Do not miss your chance to register for this cutting edge doctoral conference!


Career management

Target group

PhD students in social sciences and humanities from all Flemish universities (Ghent University, VUB, UAntwerp, KU Leuven and UHasselt)


Plenary lectures, PechaKucha and workshops


Thursday, 20 September 2018


De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent


8:30-9:30 Registration and welcome coffee

Opening words by

  • Prof Dr Marysa Demoor, director Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law (UGent)

Plenary session chaired by Prof Dr Marysa Demoor

  • Keynote lecture by Dr Christ'l Joris – ETAP – 'Curious and daring: ready for your PhD & for the job market'
  • Keynote lecture by Dr Koen Verlaeckt – VLIR - 'Plan your escape'
  • PechaKucha presentations by
    • Dr Jemima Bidee – VDAB
    • Dr Mike Keirsbilck – Consouling Store
    • Dr Winne Ko – IDF Europe
    • Dr Jimmy Koppen – studiedienst Open VLD
    • Dr Annelies D’Espallier – Vlaamse ombudsdienst
    • Dr Manu Mus – Baloise
    • Dr Tom De Mette – UGent
12:00-13:20 Lunch and networking


  • 'From PhD to social entrepreneur… your way to contribute towards a better future?!' (Kaat Peeters and Pieter Werrebrouck for Startersfabriek)
  • 'Writing a convincing cover letter' (Tom De Moor, UCT)
  • 'A career in the EU institutions: opportunities, application process and useful tips' (Michiel Humblet, DG Competition)
  • 'Start to discover your competencies' (Nele Bracke, UGent)
  • 'From PhD to heritage-consultant: Are you ready to be an advisor?' (Jacqueline van Leeuwen, FARO)
  • 'Leaving academia, tips and tricks on how to valorize your PhD' (Mathias Schroijen, Focus Research)



Number of participants



Contact your local Doctoral School coordinator

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Full participation (plenary session in the morning, workshop in the afternoon)

Registration procedure

Register here: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/eleventhfromphdtojobmarket

Registration fee

Free of charge. Please note that a fee of €100 will be charged for registered PhD candidates who fail to attend the conference (deadline for cancellations: Monday 17 September 2018, 9 am).