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 an external coach. There are about 12 available spots per year.
After a pilot project in 2021, the doctoral schools decided to collaborate exclusively with 'Make me Fly!'. However, if you have another coach in mind and you have specific reasons for doing so, we are willing to consider this.
Make me Fly!
(Please do NOT contact the organisation directly, but follow the procedure as described at the bottom of this page.)
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:
Both Els Deboutte and Rilla Lysens have a sound experience in the academic sector as well as other sectors, as coach and trainer. They offer coaching in both English and Dutch. Online coaching is possible.
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.)