Career Coaching Programme For Postdoctoral Researchers

A 6-months coaching journey in community for researchers looking to create a fulfilling career outside of academia


Safe space for transforming your professional identity with 6-10 participants for 6 months.

Structured content

6 modules with worksheets, guides, and templates, to support self-paced learning.

Personal Coaching

Led by ICF-certified coach with six years of coaching experience in academia.



The CONNECT community will be co-created by you and me: six to ten people who are all committed to building a small supportive network and contribute to each other’s learning and progress over the course of six months of developing a future professional self. Most participants work in different research institutions in Germany and other European countries, and have an international background and/or international research experience. The working language in our group sessions will most likely be English (unless German is the language that everyone feels most comfortable with).

CONNECT is for you if you are no longer sure if “researcher” is still the term that best describes who you want to be professionally. If you are used to being successful (also if that sometimes triggers your impostor thoughts) and if you care about making a difference with your work. CONNECT is for you if you want to find and create the working conditions you need to thrive – and if you don’t want to walk that path alone. 

Meet your community!

Before you decide whether you want to embark on this journey, you probably want to know who else is going, right? The chemistry needs to be right, you need to be able to trust that you can learn well with and from your peers, and know that I am a good fit as your coach.

If you could not make it to the free info session on 26th of March, we can still have a chat 1-on-1. Sign up for CONNECT ends on 10th April.




You will create possible future selves by integrating your values, strengths and needs. Your possible selves give you a sense of direction and ideas for concrete actions.

Session 2: Your favourite problems

You will know or discover who has the kinds of problems that you love and know how to solve. This will enable you to ask effective questions to the people who can answer them.

Session 3: Tell me!

You will have more confidence to talk about who you are when you don’t really know anymore who you are, by playing with a variety of storytelling principles.

Session 4: Increase your visibility

You will decide what concrete actions you will do to let others know about at least one of your future selves. Spoiler alert: there’s more than sending off applications.

Session 5: know your monsters

You will know how to meet your internal judgments with self-compassion and how to translate these nasty little voices into needs that can enrich your life.

Session 6: Decisions

Looking at the turning points in your CONNECT journey so far, we will celebrate your successes and evaluate  different approaches to making life-changing decisions so that you can move forward with courage.





Dr. Ulrike Schneeberg

Some of the more formal things I bring to this programme are my training and experience as coach (as a Professional Certified Coach, I adhere to the ethical and quality standards of the International Coaching Federation), my own international experience (one year of working in a kindergarten in Paris and a four-year-B.A. (Modern and Medieval Languages) at the University of Cambridge with a year in Montréal as a part of it), an M.A. (comparative literature) and a PhD (American culture) in Berlin (Freie Universität and Humboldt University), two thorough trainings as a systemic business trainer and systemic coach as well as many years of learning, training and practicing Nonviolent Communication. Before becoming a trainer and coach, I gained some valuable insights and experience in the Berlin startup scene, with roles in marketing and fundraising.

Some of the less formal things I bring are my love for music (I sing in a small, self-organised, queer ensemble, mostly Baroque and Romantic acapella stuff) and books (I find great joy, comfort, and inspiration in reading (mostly) contemporary fiction and non-fiction about why humans are so strange). I’ve been a mother for over 14 years now (wow! So long! – I had my first child when I was 25) and for almost just as long I have been part of a queer and polyamorous family network.I contribute some of my free time and professional skills to a climate activist network called the Facilitators for Future. One thing I have recently discovered through bouldering and sports climbing: I can enjoy the process of learning something that I have no talent for. What a great discovery! (And how challenging that still sometimes is…)





Tools, models, and guides that cater to individual learning styles – for people who love structure and research- and experience-based content.



There is an alternative to building a new career alone: join our community to co-create a space for empathy and accountability.



Our online sessions allow people from different research institutes in Germany and Europe to join this programme. You will benefit from the group’s diversity, experience and networks.



Benefit from personal coaching both as the person being coached and as the person observing someone else in a similar situation being coached. 




Our last session was pretty eye-opening to me – in a positive sense! I am now shifting my focus in relation to my application strategy. For example, I am no longer trying to find the perfect job opening, instead I’m asking myself: How can I – or rather my future self – become consistently more visible to organisations which need my ability to solve problems in the context of project management? 

Dr. Mona Stierwald

Postdoc in Linguistics, in the process of becoming her new future self

I learned a lot from you. For instance, before I applied to SAP, I contacted my friend who works there. He organized a small tour for us. I met and chatted with his manager during lunch, and he showed us what daily work life is like. When I applied for the job later, my current manager asked my friend’s manager about me. I think the interactions we had – and which I initiated thanks to your training – were very helpful for getting the job.

Dr. Yuan Wang

Postdoc in Astronomy, became Developer at SAP

My time with Ulrike was full of learnings and energising at the same time. She drew my attention back to my transferable skills every time I focused on my “transition gap”. Thank you! In short, I was invited to an interview and got the job.

Dr. Antje Girndt

Postdoc in Ornithology, became Project Manager at Bertelsmann Foundation

It’s good to feel the wind under my wings again. I’m grateful for this group. It really helps not to be alone with this.

Mariana Aravidou

Research Assistant in a museum for contemporary art, in the process of becoming her new future self




2.5 hours per month

For online group coaching sessions.


1-2 hours per week

For taking action on your goals.


30 minutes per week

For structured peer coaching with one or two partners from the group – via phone, video or in person.


1190,- EUR

If your research institution, postdoc or mentoring programme is a cooperation partner of CONNECT, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Drop me a line to find out.



When does the spring programme start?

It starts on Thursday, 18th April, from 2-4.30 pm. There is a no-strings-attached online meeting on Tuesday, 26th March, from 2-4 pm, to find out who else is interested in joining CONNECT.

What are the other dates and times of the group sessions?

Session 1: 18th April from 2-4.30 pm

Session 2: 16th May from 2-4.30 pm

Session 3: 13th June from 2-4.30 pm

Session 4: 18th July from 2-4.30 pm

Session 5: 12th September from 2-4.30 pm

Session 6: 17th October from 2-4.30 pm

By when do I need to register?

Registrations close a week before the start date, on the 11th of April, or as soon as all 10 places are booked.

What if there are no places left?

Get in touch with me to find a suitable alternative. There will be another programme starting in autumn. And there’s always the possibility for 1-on-1 coaching with me.


I invite you to come and meet me and potential participants for the next round of CONNECT. We will have the opportunity to introduce ourselves and chat about your goals and, if you like, areas where you feel stuck. I will tell you more about the programme and you can ask questions.

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