Career orientation for PhD candidates and post-docs

The Career Orientation training programme motivates you to think about your next step. The first part of the programme provides you with clarity regarding who you are, your competences or transferable skills and your ambition. The second part offers you practical tools to network with potential employers and helps you to develop a realistic action plan to access the labour market.

Target group

This training programme is for PhD candidates at the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth year of their PhD and postdocs at the end stage of their postdoctoral programme.


The training programme takes place within a 4-month period and consist of a coaching session, two workshops (self-analysis and networking) and a final coaching session. For every part, you have to complete assignments.

During this programme, the trainer will assist you in answering the following questions:

  • Coaching: who am I, what are my transferable and other skills, what are my goals and expectations?
  • Self-analysis workshop : what are my character traits and work values? How should I collect and communicate competences? What is my professional focus? Depending on my qualities and wishes, what will be the best field for me to work in? What would working in this field be like?
  • Networking workshop: what is networking? Does it work? What about an elevator pitch? How can I contact potential employers in this field? Which career paths are possible?
  • Coaching: how did the network appointments go? What is my professional search profile? Is my action plan realistic? Am I prepared for the next step?

Practical information

Dates: Training Career orientation 2020-2

  • Coaching session (1 hour) – Monday 21 or Wednesday 23 September 2020
  • Workshop Self analysis – Monday 5 October 2020, 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
  • Workshop Networking – Monday 2 November 2020, 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
  • Coaching session (1 hour) – Monday 30 November or Wednesday 2 December 2020

Organiser: VU University Amsterdam
Location: VU University Amsterdam. Details will be given after registration.


Register via our registration form:
Request to Academy to cover cost of training programme/course/activity

The Local Consultations Committee (employer and union representatives) considers it well worthwhile to spend part of the employee benefits budget on sustainable career development. Training, courses and coaching meant to support sustainable career development are therefore funded from this budget.