Career guidance activities

The Academy considers talent development, training, and the right support for general skills development important. That’s why it has set up the Centre for Career & Development is there to answer all your questions about career development and training.

The Center for Career & Development offers career development and training activities for researchers, management, and research support staff, whether they are in their twenties and just starting out or in their fifties and eager to gain more experience.

Internal training

Our in-company training is available to every Academy employee, but bear in mind that some courses and workshops are meant for specific target groups or job categories. Because many Academy employees are PhD students and postdocs, some of our activities are meant specifically for this target group.

Applying for an individual course or workshop

Besides in-company training, employees can also enrol in specified professional programmes or courses that will help them advance their career. Employees may pick out a suitable activity at an external training provider and ask to be enrolled. It is then up to the Academy (i.e. the employee’s supervisor) to decide whether to approve their application. To help employees find the right course or programme, the Centre for Career & Development has put together a list of suggestions (PDF) from which to choose. 

Group training 

If you and a few other employees would like to enrol in a course or workshop that does not appear on the in-company training list, then submit a separate application to the Centre for Career & Development at clo@knaw.nl. Explain on the form why the group course or workshop has added value for the individual group members’ sustainable career development. One of our staff will contact you to go over the options. Be sure to discuss your idea with your supervisor beforehand. 

Learning online 

Besides in-company courses and workshops, you can also take online modules on your own through the GoodHabitz platform. This option gives you the opportunity to work on your career development online and in your own time. Enrolment is free of charge and gives you access to more than 115 different modules. The modules are practical in nature and are a good way of acquainting yourself with a particular subject. 

Academy staff can log in to the GoodHabitz platform using their default employee data. You no longer need to request a password from the Centre for Career & Development.

Coaching 

If you’d rather not enrol in a course or programme immediately but instead work with a sparring partner to kick off your personal or career development, you may want to consider a coaching programme. Coaching is an individual learning process focused on achieving specific aims. For example, sometimes your work requires you to learn new competencies because you’ve been assigned new tasks or you might notice that your behaviour is not producing the looked-for results. 

Submitting an application

Before you enrol in an activity, discuss your specific learning aim or aims with your supervisor. Talking things over will help you determine which intervention is most appropriate for you. If your supervisor approves, you can then submit your application. 

External training courses and workshops

Reminder: with the exception of GoodHabitz’s free online modules, you must always ask to enrol in an activity by submitting the application form in the Workforce HR Portal. If you decide to apply, remember the following: 

  • You must have your supervisor’s consent.
  • Submit your application well in advance. It can take a while before we finalise the relevant arrangements with an external party.
  • Do not pay in advance. The Academy will deal with any financial details.