Netherlands, Amsterdam

Kick start your Career: Academic Skills During and After Grad School (online course)

when 20 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 500

“What will I ever use this degree for?” Surviving graduate school is no easy task! Many students panic when they finish their studies because they are not aware of how the countless hours they spent writing papers, taking exams, and giving presentations—sometimes to the point of exhaustion and even burnout—will add up to a paying job and fulfilling career. During graduate school the focus is often on learning about specific topics in your discipline, but not necessarily what to do with this information in the real world. Some of the most sought after and marketable skills are learned in graduate school, yet few students realize just how many transferable skills they are acquiring along the way that are highly desired by employers.

For those who plan to remain in academia, the path is quite straight forward and typically involves working in a university; when you finish your Master’s degree, you can complete a PhD, after your PhD a Post Doc, and you can also work as a professor or researcher. While the transition from academia to industry is not as clear cut, there are countless options that students may not even know are available to them. Regardless of the choice to remain in academia or enter industry, there are ways to maximize your potential options and choose a career that is well suited for your skillset and ideals.

This course will explore how to make the most out of your time in graduate school and understand the valuable skillset you have been provided with. The goal is to help identify these transferable skills, and how to put them into practice in order to gain the most out of your degree. Understanding your options, potential, motivations, and ideologies can help you find a career that is well suited to you, as you make the decision to continue on in academia or transition into industry.

Course leader

MSc Faviola Brugger-Dadis and Dr. Sandra Rathod.

Target group

Advanced Bachelor's, Master’s students and PhD candidates from all disciplines who are interested in learning how to make the most out of their time in graduate school and might not realize all the valuable transferable skills they are gaining! Students who would like to know how to apply these skills in the real world in order to have successful careers. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
• Identifying the most valuable transferable skills you gain from graduate school and how to apply them.
• Understanding your potential, motivations, and ideologies in order to find a successful career that fits you.
• Career opportunities inside and outside academia.
• Transitioning from academia to industry.
• How to structure your CV and motivation letters, and prepare for a successful job interview.
• How to balance school/work and mental health.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with a course in session 1 to create a 4-week Online Summer School.

Fee info

EUR 500: The tuition fee for a two-week online course is €500. This tuition fee includes:
•Two week online course
•Exclusive content for a limited number of students
•Transcript of records with a maximum of 3 ECTS (European study credits)
•Certificate of attendance after completing the course
•Individual/group guidance from professor
•Interactive classes
•Full support from the summer school team
•Optional (virtual) social programme

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