A PhD degree opens up a wide range of avenues for challenging and exciting job opportunities. Pursuing a career in academia is only one of the options. In a climate of innovation and growth, the qualities of young researchers are an excellent match to the needs of the labour market. Sometimes it is difficult, however, to find the right match on your own.
In order to support PhD students and postdocs in their career development, individual career coaching is offered - through the doctoral schools, but by external coaches. This is a pilot project with 12 available spots.
There are four organisations you can choose from (depicted below, in alphabetical order). All providers offer coaching in both English and Dutch, and they all offer coaching online. Please do NOT contact the coaches directly, but follow the procedure as described at the bottom of the page.
Dr Lucia Smit is sociologist, HR consultant and executive coach on career and leadership development for professionals. She often gives lectures on career development of PhDs and postdocs. In 2010, she defended her PhD dissertation on the benefits of a PhD for a career outside of academia. In 2013, she started her own business. In Braingain she coaches and trains experts and scientists in becoming impactful leaders in industry and innovation.
For Lucia, one of the biggest challenges (post)doctoral researchers face is:
Make me Fly! is known for its no-nonsense yet innovative approach to career questions that are never standard. For many years we apply positive psychology and the Solutions Focus methodology to working with (former) academics, using our experience in Human Resources and recruitment in the scientific sector and beyond.
Your questions could include:
Your result after usually 4 hours of coaching:
A unique approach through appreciative inquiry, positive psychology & self-determination.
We help you to discover who you really are and what your needs are as a human being. Based on on an extensive exploration of your authentic self, we support you to develop your full potential.
Our method focuses on finding out what works for you, rather than judging and focusing on obstacles. In-depth exploration reveals your preferences, what energizes you and what context you need to flourish.
We will help you to make your very own “wheel of choice”. We will achieve this through a challenging dialogue between you and your coach. Computer tests have less place in our approach. The wheel of choice will provide insight in:
With this overview, you and your coach will explore your short and medium term options and goals:
All of this will result in your personal development plan, your guide to sustainable professional choices!
Franciska Devloo - Career Coach KU Leuven, Stress Release (personal website)
Marc Bähner - ICF Certified Coach, based in Genk (personal website)
Suzy Scheers - guided UAntwerp staff members, Stress Coach (personal website)
Rik De Greef - PhD, with large business experience (LinkedIn)
Rebekka Schotte - Lecturer UCLL, systemic counselor (personal website)
Hendrik Geleyte - Experience with UCL/KU Leuven/VUB/ULB/Eur. institutions (personal website)
Tom Koninckx - Integral Master Coach, MIT trained (personal website)
Evelyne Schöller - Master Practitioner NLP & Senior Practitioner coach EMCC (personal website)
As an experienced career center, we work with the E = m C² formula. E stands for energy, enthusiasm, engagement, empowerment and employability. What grade do you give yourself for this from 1 to 10? How can we increase this? By going deeper into your m = motivation, linked to your intrinsic motivation, as well as your c = competences. Why c²? We look for the competencies in which you are already an expert, that you can do well, as well as competencies that you would like to develop. During our coaching sessions we use tools such as success stories, energy matrix, core quadrants from Ofman, personality test via UQ tools, etc. always in consultation with you. The outcome is your career passport!
Our mission is to make working Flanders happier and more resilient.
We start with:
For more than 14 years, we have been guiding thousands of people towards greater happiness at work!
Who can apply?
How to apply?
* If you are eligible for 'loopbaancheques', you will be expected to apply for those and the doctoral schools will reimburse the amount spent. (In first instance one cheque; if the need for a second cheque - and hence extra coaching - can be argued, the second cheque may be reimbursed as well.)