The relevance of an academic background

In part one of the career cycle you learned about yourself. You listed skills and assets, personal values and motivations.
As part of your self-assessment you probably also discovered opportunities to grow.

There is no doubt that you are among the most highly qualified individuals for both academic and non-academic employers.
Over the course of your PhD project and possibly a postdoc career, you’ve developed a multi-faceted profile that combines
first-class knowledge (broad and specialized), skills and attitudes.

Not only do you have the technical & methodological skills and expertise related to your research field,
you also have a set of transferable skills you honed while doing your research.

Developing yourself

In this part we discuss what can you do right now to improve your profile. These actions will set you up
for success when the time comes to start applying for your next role.

  • The topics we've listed below are paramount to your professional development,
    regardless of whether you're pursuing an academic career or are venturing out into
    the non-academic labour market.
  • We've first listed general information. Specific information relating to one of the three career tracks
    is indicated by the corresponding logos.



Steps in the career cycle

Explore yourself

The first part is devoted to exploring your own strengths, motivations
and values.

Explore what's out there

The second step is to discover career options in academia and beyond that fit your professional self-understanding.


Step four deals with applying for jobs, including writing your CV and cover letter and preparing for the job interview.


 The third step is all about setting a goal and focusing on how to get there.