Career Development Workshop

May 13, 2019 – May 14, 2019 all-day
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

Organizer: CHESS Steering Group committee
Workshop facilitators: Dr Kerstin Fritsches on 13 May; Dr Anja Hegen on 14 May
Maximum number of participants: 24 CHESS PhD candidates (priority: advanced PhDs)
Application form here
Application deadline: 25 April
Submitted applicant list

Research careers are sought-after and increasingly competitive. It has never been more important for PhD students to be strategic about career moves, develop effective networks, and master the right skills to get into their careers of choice.

This workshop is for you if you want to be proactive about your job prospects, looking for practical ways to structure your progress and succeed in your preferred career – in academia or beyond.

This 2-day workshop delivers:

  • tools to help you develop a career plan tailored to your strengths and preferences;
  • a personal roadmap for the career path that will work best for you;
  • analysis of your current network of contacts and how to expand it to benefit your career;
  • strategies for developing transferrable skills suited to a career in, or outside, academia
  • practical advice on marketing yourself, writing a compelling CV and preparing for interviews;
  • information about the most relevant funding sources;
  • opportunities to meet potential employers from various industries and research institutes

Program outline:

About the presenters:

Dr Kerstin Fritsches

Kerstin is a former research fellow who spent the majority of her 12-year research career on grant funding, with first-hand experience of the challenges facing early career researchers and a strong track record in postdoc affairs and career development. She is now a workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.

Dr Anja Hegen

Anja holds a PhD in Biology and has worked as a senior adviser for external financing for more than ten years. She is currently responsible for the European Research Council (ERC) among other funding schemes. Within the last years, her focus has also been on training for young researchers. She has contributed to UiBs Momentum program, the post-doctoral program at the faculty of medicine, and the new program for TMS Starting Grants at UiB.