Effective professional networking


Career management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Seven out of ten people find jobs through their network. When you know people it is easier to hear about job openings. Networking is connecting with people to create opportunities for both yourself and others in your network. Networking is building relationships with people within your professional environment and beyond. Networking will help you to consider and learn about new career options. It will also help you to create a clearer view on your professional goals.  

Many doctoral researchers find it difficult to define their career aspirations. When introducing themselves they refer to what they do.
              I do research into neurodegenerative diseases

When connecting to others you will raise more impact when you tell them why you do the work that you do.  

             I am really passionate to understand and combat Alzheimer. Alzheimer is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. I would love to be involved in future drug development programs.

In this training we will help you to discover your career aspirations. This is essential for building effective professional relations and creating a consistent personal brand. We will do this by using the tools of LEGO® Serious Play™.


In this one-day training you will:
•    gain insight in your career aspirations,
•    learn to build and practice an attractive elevator pitch,
•    gain insights in your networks,
•    have practiced the principles of networking,
•    discover how to use informational interviews to learn about job content and develop new professional relations,
•    learn how to use social media to create a consistent personal brand.


All PhD students



Time schedule & Venue

Course Code Dates AY 2017-2018 Time Teaching room
NS-1718-01 Thursday 22 February 2018 9:00-17:00 room 5.1 (5th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, Dunantlaan 2, Gent

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members

Registration procedure

Use the following registration link: https://webapps.ugent.be/eventManager/events/EffProfNetworking  Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, please send an email to doctoralschools@ugent.be and ask to be added to the waiting list by mentioning your student number.

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Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation