Workshop Program 2023

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  • Dates: Thursday, 12 January 2023, 9:00-17:30h and Friday, 13 January 2023, 9:00-16:30h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Late-stage doctoral students looking for a Postdoc position
  • Trainer: Dr. Dagmar Sigurdardottir
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: Post-doctoral positions are usually not that hard to get but finding the right one that can firmly establish a professional career is really challenging. At the same time, scientists towards the end of their PhD don’t have a lot of time to spend on the search for the right post-doctoral position. Therefore, this workshop provides a compact overview of relevant aspects and the opportunity to explore one’s own preferences. Specifically, participants learn to define their own criteria for a successful post-doctoral position, develop their targeted search and application strategy, assess the relative benefit of post-doctoral grants and prepare to harness the full potential of their post-doc interview. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
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  • Dates: Monday, 13 February 2023, 9-17h and Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 9-15:30h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry
  • Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: The goal of this workshop is getting to know different departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs could be a good fit for your interests and profile. PhD students and postdocs with a background in natural and life sciences are usually not educated in economic thinking and hence often don’t know how enterprises create values and what different departments contribute to the company’s economic success. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Testimonials: "For PhDs and postdocs without much experience outside academia this workshop is a good opportunity to learn about common roles in the industry and what daily routine awaits in positions such as "production manager" etc. Gaby - who is looking at more than a decade of experience in an international chemical company - has an answer and an example to everything.";
    "Fantastic workshop. Gaby really manages to engage people and provide a safe platform for honest conversations.";
    "This course gives an introduction to the company structure and culture, but most importantly it brings students together who are currently looking for job positions in industry. It is a great opportunity to connect with them."
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  • Dates: Thursday, 16 March 2023, 13-16h and Friday, 17 March 2023, 9-16h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students in the process of applying for a job outside academia
  • Trainer: Christelle Linsenmann
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: In this workshop, participants learn to prepare for upcoming application procedures and especially the different phases and requirements of a job interview. After this workshop, participants can effectively describe their individual job-relevant skills and unique strengths, present themselves professionally in a job-interview and are able to master unforeseen or difficult situations confidently. The workshop focuses on the reflection of individual competencies, practical exercises on frequently asked questions and techniques in interviews and dealing with critical or unknown questions. Finally, participants will develop their own authentic self-presentation. Methodologically, the workshop focuses on a change of input phases, feedback rounds and guided exercises. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
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  • Dates: Monday, 20 March 2023, 9:30-17:00h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhDs planning to apply for a research grant within the next 6 months
  • Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: The seminar provides in the first part an overview over the most important national funding agencies as well as some funding lines by the EU. It will also introduce common funding programmes relevant to the career status of the participants. In the second part we will focus on how to write a successful grant. Also evaluation procedures and common criteria will be discussed. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
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  • Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, 18-19 April 2023, 9-17h
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students who would like to improve their team and leadership skills
  • Trainer: Dr. Insa Flachsbarth
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: The aim of this two-day workshop is to provide early career researchers with effective tools for actively stepping up into a 360° leadership position – i.e., leading in all directions (upward, downward, and lateral as well as oneself). The learnt skillset can be applied directly in their current position and prepares them for how to lead formally inside or outside of academia. One focus of this workshop will lie on how to lead (diverse) teams towards high innovation and complex problem-solving by creating the necessary conditions for it. For this purpose, the ontological model of leadership, the concept of psychological safety and the model of conscious leadership are introduced. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
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  • Dates: 24 Apr - 9 June 2023
  • Location: online
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Nadine Sinclair
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: Learn from an expert how powerful and transformative a simple and robust productivity system can be. Participate in this implementation program, which is a 7-week coaching program designed to help you implement an agile project and time management system in your research projects. It will transform the way you work and help you achieve new levels of clarity, focus and momentum in your projects, while reducing your stress level. More information will follow in due time.
  • Testimonials: "This workshop will help you understand what you are doing wrong and in which areas you can improve your skills to manage your time and projects more efficiently and effectively.";
    "This class helped me very much to organise my daily work and gave my whole work a much better structure.";
    "This course really hands you tools and ideas on how to manage a big project. After the course you feel more in control and productive. It helps you to learn new ways of managing your project, which you can also work on after the course, so the learning curve continues after the course as well.";
    "In this workshop you learn a lot of handy tools for improving your efficiency at work. From the details to the bigger picture up to structuring and executing a big project, everything is covered. Take your time for this workshop and do not underestimate the effort that is needed to be put into this. Making routines to your habits is a key aspect of the message that this workshop tries to convey, so it takes some dedication. But the reward is quite phenomenal."
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  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 8-9 May 2023, 9-17h
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Matthias Merkelbach
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: What are my unique abilities and interests critical in determining the right career path for me? Can I combine my ideas about a fulfilled life with a university career? You will discuss about that and develop a strategy for embarking on an academic career path or other career choices. This workshop helps to answer this – and other – questions for all those who want to plan their career to develop strategically. More information will follow in due time.
  • Testimonials: "I really enjoyed the workshop since it gave me a very nice reality check on my expectations and ideas. I feel better equipped to find jobs that suit me and that I am well qualified for.";
    "Matthias will take you on a journey to excavate your desires and abilities that reside dormant within you and will guide you on how to use them purposefully for planning your career. No matter what stage of your career you are in, it is always a good idea to check if you are on the right path.";
    "I gained a lot of new insights on how to actually plan out the future. It is so important to take time to think things through."
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  • Dates: Friday, 16 June 2023, 9:30-17:00h
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late stage-PhD students who are already informed about various professional perspectives outside academia and have reflected their own suitability for different career paths
  • Trainer: Barbara Hoffbauer
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: The first part of this workshop focuses on the application documents. In exercises the participants will reflect their individual achievements so far and learn how to convincingly present them in the CV as center-piece of every application. Analysing real job ads the participants will practise how to write cover letters that create the desire to meet the author. They will get advice on how their determination for a specific career path can be reflected in CV and cover letter and what other application documents to include considering differences between jobs in science and industry. The focus of the second part lies on job interviews and covers questions such as how to react upon the invitation, how to prepare for the interview, the interview itself and how to deal with it afterwards. After preparatory exercises the participants will practise giving examples of skills and abilities. They will be primed for specific situations when confronted with awkward questions or unexpected challenges and practise these in training sequences. More information will follow in due time.
  • Testimonials: "I think it was one of the best workshops I have come across. The way the instructor was indulging every participant was really impressive. I would recommend every student or Postdoc to participate in this workshop in order to tackle and get better outcomes during preparing your job application or job interview.";
    "It was a really helpful and interactive. All of our questions were addressed and we all had the opportunity to reflect on our own experiences as well as learn from the other participants. There was a good combination of the theory provided and the practice we got during the workshop.";
    "Great workshop! Very well done and very useful information delivered in an excellent manner. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone that is interested in applying for jobs and in getting their dream job."
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  • Dates: Thursday and Friday, 6-7 July 2023, 9-17h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Postdocs aiming to pursue an academic career
  • Trainer: Dr. Uta Bronner
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: More information will follow in due time.
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  • Date: Monday, 4 September 2023, 09:00-17:00h
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students in the process of applying for a job outside academia
  • Trainer: Dr. Alexander Britz
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: Are you currently working as Postdoc or finalizing your PhD? Do you plan to transition to a position outside of academia, potentially in industry, but you feel unprepared for searching and finding a new position? In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn and practice career development strategies with a focus on leaving a great impression in your job interview. More information will follow in due time.
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  • Dates: 16 Oct - 3 Dec 2023
  • Location: online
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Nadine Sinclair
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: Learn from an expert how powerful and transformative a simple and robust productivity system can be. Participate in this implementation program, which is a 7-week coaching program designed to help you implement an agile project and time management system in your research projects. It will transform the way you work and help you achieve new levels of clarity, focus and momentum in your projects, while reducing your stress level. More information will follow in due time.
  • Testimonials: "This workshop will help you understand what you are doing wrong and in which areas you can improve your skills to manage your time and projects more efficiently and effectively.";
    "This class helped me very much to organise my daily work and gave my whole work a much better structure.";
    "This course really hands you tools and ideas on how to manage a big project. After the course you feel more in control and productive. It helps you to learn new ways of managing your project, which you can also work on after the course, so the learning curve continues after the course as well.";
    "In this workshop you learn a lot of handy tools for improving your efficiency at work. From the details to the bigger picture up to structuring and executing a big project, everything is covered. Take your time for this workshop and do not underestimate the effort that is needed to be put into this. Making routines to your habits is a key aspect of the message that this workshop tries to convey, so it takes some dedication. But the reward is quite phenomenal."
  • Registration: Email us and register for our services

  • Date: Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 9-17h
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students aiming to improve their networking skills
  • Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: Networking is the most effective method for career advancement! It works by building relationships and talking to people who can help you explore career options and goals. Studies show that 70% to 90% of satisfying positions inside and outside of academia are found through appealing profiling and positioning in the network. A network of established relationships provides information, professional support, and feedback. The right internal and external network contacts and collaboration partners can facilitate work processes by encouraging and motivating you. In short: a functioning and lively network can increase joy and satisfaction and thus motivation at work. More information will follow in due time.
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not yet registered) and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop

  • Date: Monday and Tuesday, 13-14 November 2024, 9:00-15:00 h; plus 3 hours pre-teaching prior to the workshop
  • Location: online
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhDs planning to apply for a research grant within the next 6 months
  • Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: By participating in this workshop, you will get an overview of the German research funding landscape including selected EU programs and learn how to identify the right funding opportunity for your research endeavor. Furthermore, you will benefit from learning what makes a fundable research project, how to tailor your case for support to meet the evaluation criteria and how to structure and schedule the writing process. More information will follow in due time.
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not yet registered) and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop

  • Date: Monday and Tuesday, 27-28 November 2023
  • Location: tba
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry or other areas outside academia
  • Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Brief Description: The workshop deals with how to write a professional application. Participants will learn about the requirements regarding form and content of CVs and the respective differences between academia and industry. They will reflect about how to convey their strengths and motivation in response to a job advertisement, but also how to approach speculative applications. Moreover, participants will train their self-presentation skills in the job hunting process, including self-presentation on career fairs, conferences and in interviews. The workshop will include various training sessions partly accompanied by video recording for a follow-up analysis. More information will follow in due time.
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