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This 6-session workshop (by Dr Ilse Van Damme) is meant to increase your insight into your own talents and ambitions, to assist you in preparing for a job interview, and to ultimately help you to be more successful at the labour market. The workshop is set up as a career coaching trajectory in group and comprises six half-day sessions, spread out over 2.5 months, with (limited) homework in-between sessions.

There are two editions of this workshop, one in DUTCH and one in ENGLISH. There are 12 places available in each edition.

For whom?

  • The workshop is open to both PhD students and postdocs. Only PhD students in the second half of their PhD can participate. An exception can be made for people who have strong arguments for wanting to take the workshop sooner, but it is most useful when you are already thinking about the next professional steps to take.
  • Priority will be given to people approaching the end of their contract.


  • Session 1: What do I want? (personal goals and values)
  • Session 2: What are my core qualities (strengths & weaknesses) and how do others perceive me?
  • Session 3: What are my main competences?
  • Session 4: What am I looking for?
  • Session 5: How do I 'sell' myself?
  • Session 6: (Preparing for) action!

When and where?

DUTCH edition - location: campus Diepenbeek, building D

  • Wednesday October 3, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Wednesday October 17, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Wednesday October 31, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Wednesday November 14, 13:00-17:30 - room A5
  • Wednesday November 28, 13:00-17:30 - room A5
  • Wednesday December 12, 13:00-16:30 - room A4

ENGLISH edition - location: campus Diepenbeek, building D

  • Thursday March 21, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Thursday April 4, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Thursday April 25, 13:00-17:30 - room E139
  • Thursday May 9, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Thursday May 23, 13:00-17:30 - room A4
  • Thursday June 6, 13:00-16:30 - room C20


  • DUTCH EDITIONregistration closed since September 3, 2018
  • ENGLISH EDITION: registration closed since February 26, 2019
  • Please register only if you can attend all six sessions.
  • As places are limited (max 12 participants per edition), registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on career management
  • DS MLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - one course about career development



I recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking for a job, even to those who think they know exactly which direction they want to go. In my own experience, reflection on your skills and personal characteristics, and their compatibility with certain job opportunities, often leads to some kind of psychological entanglement that obscures your vision. The workshop deals with that problem very elegantly by providing tools to structure your thoughts so you can really learn about yourself, from the core. You may be surprised about what you didn't realize about yourself and what drives you!
(participant in 2016)

Before I started the course I had a bit of an idea about what would be my next step. Thanks to the course, I was able to think this through and explain why I really wanted this. Although I knew most of my strengths and weaknesses, during the course I was able to discuss this with peers. In addition, I learned a lot about the do's and don'ts regarding networking, compiling a CV, elevator pitching, application letters and application interviews. I can recommend this course to any PhD student who passed the two year mark of his or her project.
(participant in 2016)

Tijdens mijn doctoraat vond ik het moeilijk om de positieve dingen in te zien: zoals wat het was dat ik echt goed kon, en wat dat eventueel kon betekenen voor mijn verdere carrière of zoals wat het net was waar ik plezier uit haalde in mijn werk en wat dat dan over mij vertelde. Hoewel dit allemaal erg eenvoudige dingen lijken, is het herkennen van wat je belangrijk vindt, wat je graag doet en goed kan en wat je nog beter wil kunnen niet altijd evident. En hoe kan je al deze dingen vertalen naar een mogelijke overgang naar een carrière buiten de academische sector?? De antwoorden worden je niet gegeven in deze cursus, maar wel de achtergrond en nodige tools om je aan het denken te zetten om zo zelf tot de antwoorden te komen. Dit alles gebeurt in een vertrouwelijke en gemoedelijke setting: een hele fijne ervaring! Voor mij was deze cursus een echte eye-opener, die ik iedereen kan aanraden!
(participant in 2018)

Very interesting and relevant. Because of the small group, there was room for a very personal approach and we were encouraged to learn from each other. In my opinion, the group dynamic has a real advantage over individual counseling - especially in the first few sessions of the workshop -, because you can appreciate the differences in personalities and strengths/competencies better.
(participant in 2018)