From the definition of a realistic career plan to an effective job search strategy


Career management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools

Key words

Career management, anticipation, self-development, valorisation, progress monitoring


A long-term career path needs to take into account participant’s skills, preferences and the labour market. It must be both personal and realistic. Therefore, participants have to think about what they can do, what they want to do and what are the employers' needs. Once the professional project has been defined, it is essential to have the right methods and tools to convince the employer and to optimize your chances of realizing your project.

The objectives are to :

  • Explore the PhDs’ career options (in and out of academia)
  • Start designing a long-term career plan matching your expectations
  • Decode and understand the employer’s expectations in the hiring process
  • Optimise communication tools towards employers (resume, cover letter, job interview)


Interactive workshop with a presentation of theoretical concepts (labour market, skills, recruitment processes…); illustrated by concrete examples, testimonials; advice; grids of analysis of professional experiences; introspection tools; motivations grid; brainstorming on job opportunities. Practical and personalized recruitment tips; CV; evaluation exercise. Simulation of recruitment interview by role-play in pairs, with the group with the trainer and debriefing.


  • Day 1
  1. Identify the diversity of careers
  2. Become aware of and define your skills
  3. Define your preferences
  • Day 2
  1. Define your professional options
  2. Finalise the definition of your career path
  • Day 3
  1. Understand the recruitment process
  2. Master job search tools
  3. Practice the job interview

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates  2022-2023

(1 course = 3 x 1 day)

Time Format
CP-2223-01 23+30/11/2022 + 14/12/2022


On campus (Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 Gent, Dormitoriumzaal)

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

Registration procedure

Use the following registration link.

If the course is fully booked, please send an email to and ask to be added to the waiting list by mentioning your student number and the course code of your choice. Cancellation of your registration can only performed by sending an e-mail to


All PhD students; no previous knowledge required


Laurence Theunis

Teaching and learning material

Participants will be provided with handouts.

Teaching methods

Interactive workshop

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% Attendance and active participation