TRAINING FOR APPLICATIONS AND JOB INTERVIEWS FOR THE NON-ACADEMIC JOB MARKET

Photo: Matthias Francke. CareerSteps 2018 – Joint Event of the Max Planck Society and the LMU.

TRAINING FOR APPLICATIONS AND JOB INTERVIEWS FOR THE NON-ACADEMIC JOB MARKET

All my trainings can be booked both online and on-site and will be tailored to your needs.

TARGET GROUPS

PhD students and postdocs, cross-disciplinary or specifically for the humanities, the social sciences or natural sciences, or for individual subject groups. (For example, I have already given an application and interview trainings to plasma physicists, and one for medical biologists and one for marine biologists are in the planning stages.)

PREREQUISITE

The career orientation should ideally be completed and participants have one to three target job fieds.

CONTENT AND GOALS

The main objective of this training is to identify and present the optimal match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements of the job or job field, both in the written application documents and the job interviews. Another aspect of this training is to make the entire application process more transparent and less frightening by presenting facts and figures about the job market for academics with a PhD. Strengthening the confidence of international, female and queer researchers on the German job market is of special importance to me.

METHODS

It is important to me that the participants of my workshops have many opportunities to exchange, discuss and work in different-sized groups, to give and receive peer feedback and to self-reflect. Therefore, my methodical focus lies on participant interaction as well as interaction with the trainer. At most 25% of my trainings consist of classical trainer input, i.e. the transmission of content and knowledge in the form of presentations.

Methodical elements of my application and job interview trainings can include: 

  • trainer and peer feedback on the application documents before and/or after the improvement, as well as on presentations in interview simulations
  • learning from (partly anonymised) real-life example CVs and cover letters, matching the participants’ subject backgrounds
  • Target Job Deconstruction – an analytical approach, described in this book by Martin Yates, that helps to learn the “language” of the future job field to enable the candidate to “translate” their own skills for their future employee
  • Video feedback
  • Preparing and practicing self-presentations (with feedback)
  • Information and discussion about salary negotiations

FEEDBACK FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS

Not sure if you still remember me. I have participated in two of your workshops last year for finding a job outside academia. I found them very helpful. With the knowledge I obtained from the workshops and help from friends, I applied and got a job at the German software giant SAP. I’m starting my new job today. I just wanted to let you know this and thank you for the workshops.

Xiaoyu - Postdoc in Astronomy

Now: Developer at SAP, Max-Planck-Society | On-site in Magdeburg

I particularly liked:

  1. the structure of the seminar (2 hours per week)
  2. individual session
  3. exceptionally good workbook and supplemental material.
PhD candidate - anonymous feedback

Max-Planck-Society | online

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