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Crossing the Bridge: how to clarify and design what comes next after the postdoc or the PhD


14 April 2021


Langue EN Workshop language is English

Verity Elston, Head of career advice for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the Graduate Campus


This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and technique for their individual career development. It is aimed at UNIL doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers, no matter what your career goals (academic or elsewhere), as a first step to help you consider your options and make an active, intentioned transition as you move out of the PhD or postdoctoral phase.

The workshop asks each participant to examine their experience in order to build their career portfolio and identify the direction they would like to take. In combination with the UNIL skills inventory for PhDs, participants will review aspects of their career path to date in order to begin to make the 'implicit explicit': their diverse stories are explored as narrative episodes of skills, knowledge, interests and motivations. The result of this process is improved self-knowledge and direction, as well as content to communicate to potential employers – in the CV, the motivation letter, online profile, pitch or interview process.

Most importantly, participants practice the process of understanding who they are and where they want to take their career, before asking how they will get to where they want to be. This second set of questions, which build upon greater self-awareness and clarity on interests to pursue, are covered in other Graduate Campus workshops which explore the tools of application material, online profiles, networking etc.

The workshop provides participants with the long-term tools to help them manage their own careers. Its content is relevant not only in the transition out of a PhD or postdoc: the techniques participants learn will be of use throughout their career.

In order to best prepare, participants will be required to read preliminary texts ahead of the workshop. Details will be provided to registered participants ahead of the date.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • Used an imaginative, first reflection process to complete exercises towards the creation of your individual professional portfolio for your career development.
  • Built your long-term autonomy in making professional decisions: making proactive, conscious choices for personal goals and professional development.
  • Begun the process of translating your academic experience into the vocabulary of different environments: writing and talking about yourself in contexts beyond academia.
  • Laid out your next steps and your individual action plan.




This workshop will be held online

Audio and video connection will be necessary to participate.

Articles on career design and transitions will be provided ahead of the workshop for preliminary reading, in addition to a (short!) exercise to complete.

Participants are asked to bring the UNIL skills framework (distributed at the Career Café) in order to build their profile.

This workshop is designed to follow on from the Career Café. If you have not yet attended a Career Café with the Graduate Campus, you will be asked on registration to explain when and how you have already received career-related counseling or training, whether in a group or individually.



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