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    LSM - Preparing for a Career after your PhD

    Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 10:00
    Campus: Brussels Health Campus

    LSM - Preparing for a Career after your PhD

    Basic Toolkit for PhD-Students: Preparing for the transition into the job market


    Date: 21/05/2019 - start at 10 am

    Location: VUB-Jette campus – room tbc

    Target group: PhDs and Post-Docs

    Max. number of participants: 15

    Language of instruction: English

    Lecturer: Dr. Martine Alonso Marquis



    After the PhD, what do I do? Finding the right job.

    Perfecting a CV for the international & European job market

    Writing a strong and convincing cover letter

    Lunch Break (Sandwiches provided)

    Preparing for interviews

    Learning the art of effective networking



    A few weeks after this intensive one-day workshop, there will be an opportunity for participants to organise a follow-up exchange with the VUB career coach Annelies Colpin. This will be the occasion to clarify questions and evaluate the experience and lessons learned during the workshop, as well as receive concrete feedback on individual application documents.


    About the workshop
    This workshop is recommended to anyone wishing to embark on a successful job-hunt during or after the PhD experience.

    The search for the “ideal” job begins with looking at oneself. During this intensive one-day workshop, participants will first work on exercises to learn more about their strengths, weaknesses, reflect on their passions and learn how to conduct informational interviews. Through a guided reflection, they will also have a better foundation for writing their CVs and cover letters. The workshop is an opportunity for those who would like to polish their CV and give it a competitive edge, and emphasize the particular strengths and skills acquired during the PhD experience. As PhDs are also expected to have strong writing and communication skills, as well as a capacity to synthetize complex information in an effective manner – special attention will be given to the content and tone of the cover letter. Particular importance is given to the use of verbs, achievement statements and shifting the writer’s perceptual position to that of the reader. Strong written applications are also the first step to securing a job interview, but the biggest mistake of candidates in interviewing is not being fully prepared. Luckily, interviewing is a learnable skill and participants will receive tips on body language, tone of voice, eye-contact, how to answer difficult questions, negotiate for a salary, and much more. Finally, job-hunters are often times confronted with not having access to many jobs and internships that are on the so-called “hidden job market”. In order for candidates to access these opportunities, they need to know the basics of networking. We will finish the workshops by learning the techniques of positive body language, opening lines, ethics of handling contacts, what to write after you have exchanged business cards and how to build a network around your PhD experience.



    Free of charge for PhD students 

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to lsm@vub.ac.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list. 

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
    No Show Policy: 


    About key2advance

    key2advance is a coaching and training consultancy founded in 2007. The careers branch provides key knowledge, strategies and opportunities to propel students forward during their transition to the job market. key2advance career was created in response to:


     ► The competition among qualified graduates for internships and jobs.  
     ► The growing number of international students aiming to access the hidden job-market.
     ► The awareness of what qualified guidance can offer during phases of transition.

    Dr. Martine Alonso Marquis leads the Career Advice Service of the Paris Campus of the University of Kent. She is director of the Pat Cox -Humanity in Action Fellowship at the European Parliament, Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po Paris, and of Public Speaking at Vesalius College in Brussels. Until July 2014, she was a political advisor on foreign affairs to a Member of the European Parliament. She has gained extensive work experience with Oxfam in Berlin, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade and Pristina. Martine has organised many educational workshops and trainings with the South Eastern Europe Initiative of the French-German Youth Office, mostly focused on interculturality, human rights and post-conflict reconciliation. She especially enjoys giving advice on career choices and research perspectives to students of all levels. At key2advance, she is the main advisor and trainer for PhD candidates and PhD holders. She studied social sciences in Berlin, conflict studies and international relations in Paris, where she also obtained her PhD in political science.