Starting a career in the non-academic labor market: Matching market needs and selfpresentation (postdocs)

26.09.2019 um 09:00 bis 27.09.2019 um 17:00

Target group


Course description

The move from an academic environment to industry is a challenge. A successful applicant knows that it takes more than convincing application documents to leave competitors behind. Awareness about the current labor market, a cautious evaluation and matching of existing and requested skills are as crucial as a thorough idea of the added value offered to a company. These thoughts are not only important to make a match between job profile and self-image in the documents but also for the interview process. The workshop will cover:

  • General aspects of the labor market and impacts on the application strategy
  • Convincing application documents and industry expectations
  • Job interview training including methods to answer difficult questions



  • Participants link profiles and labor market: realizing differences in expectations
  • Participants learn how to apply successfully: the documents, the interviews, the follow-ups
  • Participants train self-marketing: skills and practice interviews
  • Participants learn tools to answer difficult questions convincingly


Preparation work:

  • Hand-in an up-to-date Curriculum vitae and cover letter (due date: 13.9.2019)
  • Bring the application documents to the training
  • Reflect on the situation in the labor market (prep assignment)
  • Overnight task preparing answer to given questions and finding a target job (appr. 2 hours)


Organisational matters:

  • Date and time:
  • Place of event: The place of event will be anoounced 10 days before the course starts
  • Facilitator: Dr. Monika Clausen, trainer and coach for industrial partners, university clients and individuals. She offers her own training curriculum covering a broad spectrum of career related topics, bringing in a rich and manifold professional background (head of shared services center, head hunter, postdoc fellow at ETH and University of Zurich, PhD plant science at the Salk Institute in San Diego)
  • Fee: free for all University stuff; 250 € for external participants
  • Course number: F192031

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