Mapping out your road as a science professional

Finishing your PhD brings you to a unique crossroads in life. You have attained the highest level of education that the academic world has to offer. You have shown your mastery of a large number of skills and that you are able to work on the front lines of your particular scientific discipline. If you have done a postdoc, you may have added even more years to your professional experience.

This crossroads can be a particularly challenging one for many researchers. Sure, the academic world offers opportunities, but they are limited in scope and number and today’s world is so much bigger. That’s why we believe that the end of your life as a PhD student or postdoc is worthy of some extra time and space to reflect on the path ahead.

During this two-day retreat, you will be challenged to think outside of the familiar box and to take a fresh look at the skills that you have mastered and how you may want to deploy them. Your road map may well turn out to be a very unconventional one. Do you dare to live up to your true capabilities?

Target group

Academic researchers facing career decisions: PhD students and up.


The programme includes:

  • Getting acquainted with your real skills.
  • Taking a new look at the opportunities that are open to you.
  • Analysing your motivational drive.
  • Following your intrinsic motivation.
  • Finding answers to some deeper life questions.
  • Preparing to take the very first steps on your unique journey.

Read more about this programme

Practical information

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Date: 28 and 29 November 2019
  • Language: English
  • Location: Ede (trainingscentrum: Akoesticum)
  • Group size: max. 25 participants


To register for this course, please fill in this online registration form.

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.