Stand out in Belgium: Energy career opportunities in the heart of Europe


The program of this event is primarily designed to provide necessary professional training to prepare for a career in Belgium. The secondary motivation is to boost morale of PhD students continuing necessary research in times of COVID. This event consists of a series of weekly online webinars starting in the second week of April:

  • Webinar 1: Data visualization training - Liese Exelmans

How can you make graphic displays that are accessible, clear, and easy to process? This webinar will focus on the most frequently used graphs for science communication, but all principles can be applied to complex data visualization.

  • Webinar 2:
    • Stand out during the job application process - Sofie Priem (MyCareerCompanion)
    • Finding a job in the energy sector: A recruiter perspective - Frederik Pijls

These #stayinside times offer the perfect opportunity to develop your talents and plan your next career steps. How do you prepare for a job interview? What’s the influence of COVID-19 on this process? How do you handle telephone interviews and online tests? What can you expect of an assessment day? You might think that getting a job mostly depends on doing a good job interview, but there is so much more to it. Throughout the whole application process, employers will review your profile and assess your potential to build a clear picture of who you are and whether you fit the job.

During this webinar, myCareerCompanion will share useful tips and tricks to prepare for this process and help you land the job of your dreams. On top of that, you’ll receive more information about their career coaching platform:

  • Webinar 3: Technology transfer offices: experiences and support

The startup centers of KUL, UHasselt and IMEC will share their knowledge and explain what can be done for PhDs willing to start their own business.

  • Webinar 4: From PhD to company/startup

PhD holders from UHasselt and KUL will share their experience on working in the energy market.

  • Webinar 5: Creative Thinking Skills training - OUZIA

The goal is to discover your personal Thinking Profile and learn techniques to encourage creative thinking and collaboration by tackling challenges in a more structured and creative way. These sessions are aimed at familiarising the participants with the methodology of Creative Problem Solving (CPS). By means of interactive exercises and discussions in break-out rooms participants are introduced to the CPS techniques and practice its application so they acquire confidence to implement them.

Learning outcomes

  • Career development: The focus would be to train, and polish CVs suited for the local job market. It would increase the employability of PhD students and help to guide career choices in Belgium.
  • Data science: Data science and statistics are increasingly used in all domains. Therefore this training would provide a gateway towards the next step of such data analysis and research data management.
  • Entrepreneurship: This session would be for interested PhD/Post-Doc participants to explore entrepreneurial pathways as the next step for a career. The primary focus would be provided to explore steps towards valorising technology research.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • intellectual competences
    • vision (webinar 2 & 4)
    • innovativeness (webinar 2, 4 & 5)
    • problem solving (webinar 1, 3, 4 & 5)
    • learning ability (webinar 1 & 5)
  • personal effectiveness
    • entrepreneurship (webinar 2, 3 & 4)


For whom?

  • PhD students


  • Webinar 1: April 8-9, 2021 (14:30 – 16:00)
  • Webinar 2: April 15, 2021 (10:00 – 14:00)
  • Webinar 3: April 23, 2021 (12:00 – 13:30)
  • Webinar 4: April 30, 2021 (12:00 – 13:30)
  • Webinar 5: May 5-6, 2021 (12:30 – 15:00)


  • All sessions will take place online


  • Registration has been closed
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by e-mail in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • Webinar 1: course about scientific and generic communication
  • Webinars 2, 3, 4 and 5: course about career and personal development