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Career (re)orientation for international researchers

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Work and management techniques | Strategic Career Planning

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Considering a move from academia can be daunting for researchers as you have spent years focusing on your specific fields and skills. It can be challenging to reframe your skills and experiences into a different context. Identifying your needs, wants, and values in a career context is also not always easy. And for researchers with an international background, the transition out of academia can be especially challenging, as the German job market differs in many ways from experiences you may have had abroad. 

Using tools from career coaching, we will explore your past experiences, career choices, motivations, and values to develop a deeper understanding of your personal career narrative. Through the process of visualizing this narrative, you will be better prepared to make conscious career choices that incorporate your values, needs, and talents. You can gain more confidence about your career decisions, and be more likely to embark on a sustainable career path on which you can flourish.


At the end of this training, you will have created a compass for your future career path, including a personal roadmap to support you in your choices and to build your personal career bridge from academia.


To create your personal compass and road map for your future career path, we will explore together the following themes and questions:

My Profile: What do I have to offer?

  • Where have I been? What have I accomplished? 

  • What skills do I have? How can I best frame these skills for myself and for potential employers?
  • What do I enjoy most about my work, and what do I excel at?

My Career Compass: What do I want?

  • What are my values, and how have I experienced them in past work? What might that mean for my future career path? 

  • What motivates me, and what do I find challenging in a workplace? What do I need?
  • What do I want to accomplish?

My Career Path: How do I get where I want to go?

  • What do I know about my field, and what do I need to find out? What tools and strategies exist to help me understand the job market in my field outside of academia?
  • How do my goals and values fit with the options available to me here in Germany?
  • How can I use what I’ve learned about myself to guide me in making career decisions? What would help me feel confident in my decisions? 

  • What concrete steps can I take to achieve my goals?


Whole group discussion, individual reflection, peer-coaching/pair work, small group work, interactive input, one-on-one coaching.
Max. number of participants: 10


This training is designed for international post-doctoral researchers, considering in applying for a job outside of academia. Participants are expected to complete a preparatory task.

Course informations
Mon, 01.08.2022, 9.00am-5.00pm
Tue, 02.08.2022, 9.00am-5.00pm
2 days, 20 working units à 45 min
Classroom meeting
ZEWK, Frauenhoferstr. 33-36, 10623 Berlin, R: FH1004
Amanda Wichert
Course language
For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
Participants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

In case of any organizational questions please contact .


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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