Career Perspectives

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations  
waiting list 14, 21, 28 September, 5 and 12 October 2017
if there are enough persons on the waiting list, there will be an extra edition of this course in September/October
Yvonne Smolders 10 Apply
14, 21, 28 September, 5 and 12 October 2017 09:00 17:00 Yvonne Smolders 13 Course is fully booked
9, 16, 23, 30 November and 7 December 2017 09:00 17:00 Yvonne Smolders 13 Apply

Course description

The training is a suitable way to focus yourself on the next step in your career. Are you willing to take responsibility and investigate the best possible way for you to present yourself on the job market?
This course supports PhD candidates in a practical way with the necessary tools to apply for a job:
- making a distinctive CV
- writing a convincing cover letter
- presenting yourself at your best in a job interview
- using networking strategies effectively

A career assessment (personality- and competence test) is an important part of this course and will be taken prior to the start of the course. The test results give you clear directions on who you are, what you are capable of and what is your value to the job market.

Remarks from previous participants:

  • Helicopter view on how to explore the job market and how to get the most out of it.

  • I learnt how to prepare a good CV, an application letter and what to expect in a job interview

  • I found out what is important to me and how to show this in my CV, letter and interview

  • I now know how I can build a network

  • I found out about my core competences and how to market them

  • Hands on practice on CV, cover letter and job interviews

Programme

Day 1    The first day we will focus on personal assets and accomplishments. All the information gathered is important to make a distinctive CV.

  • Homework: CV assignment

Day 2    The second day we will challenge you to think creatively about career possibilities. We will analyse vacancies to discover how to interpret job requirements. We will practice networking strategies.
You get feedback on your CV assignment.

  • Homework: Cover letter assignment to a vacancy or open application

Day 3    The third day will be spent on corporate culture by taking a closer look at teamwork.
We will prepare for the simulated job interviews by analysing the structure of a job interview and considering different types of questions.
You will get feedback on your cover letter assignment.

  • Homework: preparing for job interview or networking assignment

Day 4 The fourth day starts with the simulated job interviews with a recruiter (half of the group)
The afternoon is reserved for giving and receiving feedback on your interview and getting more insight in the process of a job interview and networking.

  • Homework: preparing for job interview or networking assignment

Day 5 The last day we also start with simulated job interviews with a recruiter (other half of the group)
In the afternoon we will answer any questions you might still have, work on a plan of action and evaluate the course.
Each participant receives the recording of his/her job interview to be able to review his/her performance. A certificate will be handed out to participants who have met the course requirements.

In general you can expect the following results:

- A  practical in depth preparation of all aspects in the job application process
- Getting tools to present yourself effectively to an employer
- Useful feedback on your presentation in your CV, cover letter and interview
- Formulating goals for yourself to take your next career step

 

Career Perspectives versus related WGS course Career Orientation

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.
Career Orientation aims for personal discovery and acquisition of the most inspiring job.

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.

General Information

Target Group: Third and fourth year PhD's
Group size: Max. 12 participants
Course duration:  The course is 5 days. Before the start of the course you do some tests and you have a meeting with a personal coach to discuss the results of these tests.
Language: English
Credit points: 1.6 ECTS
Self-study hours: 5
Name lecturer: Jessica Tummers and Shiraz Khan (Meijer & Meijaard)
Venue:  

Fee

1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) € 500,-
2) Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 1000,-
3) Extended fee: All other participants € 2000,-

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

Cancellation condition:

Until six weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “Full Fee”. 

Exemption of payment:

  • When there is a replacement (who you can propose until five weeks before the start of the course, in this case please inform the course coordinator) you will only be charged with €100.

  • For PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University: when you have a valid reason (circumstances beyond your control) to cancel, you will be charged the reduced fee. In this case a written statement of the supervisor/superior is required.

 

Information

For more information please contact yvonne.smolders@wur.nl