How to get into the non-academic German job market

How to get into the non-academic German job market15.07.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon)onlineDr. Philippa Cook
How to get into the non-academic German job market16.07.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Philippa Cook
Career orientation, international candidates, transition to the non-academic job market
Course Description: 

For doctoral candidates with an international background, it can be a real challenge to get into the non-academic job market here in Germany. The entry routes are unclear, the (often unwritten) rules of the game can seem mysterious and many can‘t offer German language skills.

This workshop encourages participants to prepare for this transition in a focused way and to create an action plan. Participants will reflect on what they can do and what they want to do, develop their own profile, identify their competencies and learn about networking. They will also be empowered by case-studies of numerous international doctorate holders who have successfully entered the job market.

Course aims: 
  • Developing your own qualification-based profile
  • Recognising and illustrating your competencies
  • Advice on and strategies for accessing the non-academic job market
Teaching methods: 

Short inputs by the trainer, self-reflection, small group activities, partner work, peer feedback

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

At the beginning of the doctorate | during the doctorate | at the end of the doctorate

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Technical requirements: 

Laptop/tablet with stable internet connection, microphone, webcam, Zoom (in most cases).

Course preparation: 

Participants will be sent some short exercises about one week before the workshop.

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What participants say about this course: 
  • The structure and the information given was quite valuable. And the speaker was well trained/prepared on the topics discussed.
  • Very interactive and very informative. Lots of knowledge about the German job market and discussions on intercultural differences.
  • I would definitely recommend this workshop to my international colleagues.
Fachübergreifende Veranstaltung
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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Financial contribution: 
40 Euro
Dr. Philippa Cook

Dr. Philippa Cook originally comes from England and worked in the German academic system for about twenty years before becoming a trainer with a special focus on supporting international doctoral candidates and post-docs in their transition to the non-academic job market.