Pursuing a career in or outside science, 2017-2018 - day 1/2

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
The Netherlands
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Pursuing a career in or outside science, 2017-2018 - day 1/2

Teaching staff
Prof.dr. Naomi Ellemers (Utrecht University) and drs. Joost Baas (Management coaching)

Type of course
Methodological and Practical Courses

December 13, 2017

Utrecht University, Kruytgebouw room 0123

2 days (December 13, 2017 and January 22, 2018)

Dutch or English (depending on participants). In view of the nature and goals of the course (focusing on personal development and practicing a.o. how to present yourself orally and in writing on the Dutch labor market), the preferred language of interaction during the meetings will be Dutch.

Maximum number of participants

Please note that the two days are integrated into a single course. It is not possible to participate in one of the two days only. Please register for both days.

2 EC will be appointed for participation in the complete course.

The Ph.D. trajectory often constitutes the first step of a further career as a social/organizational psychologist, in or outside science. Accordingly, during this first career stage, Ph.D. students are further socialized as scientific researchers, and are in the process of learning what is the best way for them to function effectively in a research environment. An important decision to make during this period is what it is they actually want in their professional career, and what is the best way for them to realize their ambitions.

Day 1, December 13, 2017
The first part is intended to explicitly address the question of what students want to get out of their professional careers, to consider the possibilities and consequences of pursuing a career as a scientific psychologist, and to become aware of the choices that can be (and need to be!) made. Specific topics of concern include setting career goals and dealing with feedback on scientific work, coping with the organizational culture and office politics, establishing effective working relationships with other researchers, etc. Based on statistical data, social psychological theory, and results from scientific research, participants will first be reminded of the psychological processes that are also relevant for the development of their own professional careers. In doing this, special attention will be devoted to the ways these processes can work differently for men and for women. The aim of this part of the course is for students to find out what is the best way for them to achieve optimal effectiveness and satisfaction in their own work-related interactions, during their Ph.D. and later in their professional careers.

Day 2, January 22, 2018
The second part more explicitly addresses different career possibilities inside and outside science. First, a guest speaker - someone who pursued a career outside the university after completing a Ph.D. in social psychology will share his/her experiences, to illustrate how the skills acquired during a Ph.D. trajectory may be valued in different types of careers. Subsequently, students practice how to present their skills and achievements to others, and how this can help them find a job outside the university. Practicing this orally and in writing, and receiving feedback from the course teachers and other students will help learn more about the things to consider when pursuing a professional career in different types of organizations.

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