Career Orientation

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
October 8, 15, 22, 29 (personal interviews November 4 & 5) 2019 09:30 17:15 Heleen Schoenmaker 12 / 12 Add to waiting list

Course description

If you have doubts about pursuing a job in science and find it difficult to think about which direction to go, if you cannot describe your special skills yet, or if you are not sure which is the best way to start looking for a job, this will be a good course for you. In a step-by-step approach you will do many different kinds of practical exercises. At the end of the programme you are offered a personal interview to discuss your situation more in depth.

General Information

Target group: The course is set up for PhD students in their third or fourth year, and postdocs
Group size: A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 participants
Course duration: Four separate days and additional 1 - 1.5 h individual interviews. For the individual interviews an appointment will be made during the course. Being present at all 4 days and the individual interview is obligatory!
Language: English
Credit points: 1.5 ECTS
Trainer: Caroline Rehbach (
Venue: Wageningen University, Wageningen Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Note: Room and building will be communicated with registered and confirmed participants about one week before the start of the course.

Programme and Intended Results

  • Day 1: In the first day we will focus on personal objectives and values to discover what is important to you in work, and life in general. We will discuss a method to reach your goals
    Homework: Describe some of your successes, ask feedback of others on your skills. Set the first, very small step to reaching one of your goals
  • Day 2: The second day we will focus on your personal skills and do many different exercises to find out about them. At the end of the day you will combine all the elements in a handy scheme about the skills you already have and those you still would like to develop
    Homework: Describe your favourite working environment, Ask two others what they like about their working environment, Make a plan for the development of your skills and take a first action
  • Day 3: On the third day we will discuss important aspects of work- and the working place and different strategies for landing a job. We will focus on network interviews as one of the important strategies and practise several interviews
    Homework: Do a network interview and write your CV and an application letter
  • Day 4: On this last day we will assess the CV and Job application letters of all the participants and practise job interviews
  • Day 5: Individual coaching sessions. All the participants can discuss their own remaining, sometimes private, questions with the trainer in an one-hour session

    A certificate will be handed out to participants who have met the course requirements.

At the end of this course, the participants will:

  • know what kind of jobs they are interested in
  • will know their special skills
  • will have plan how to proceed looking for a job
  • be able to communicate their strengths and plans to others

WGS course Career Orientation versus related WGS course Career Perspectives

Career Orientation aims for personal discovery and acquisition of the most inspiring job.
Career Perspectives is meant for PhD's in their third or fourth year who want to take the next step in their career and want support in defining and taking that step.

You should not participate in both Career Orientation and Career Perspectives at the same time. Please have a look at the description of the courses, and choose the one that is most appropriate for you.


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools in Wageningen
€ 300 
University fee:
• All other PhD candidates & postdocs
• Staff of Wageningen University
€ 600 
All other participants € 1200

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition:

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact,  tel: +31 (0)317 483276.