Workshop: “Your way to Professorship? - Plan your Academic Career Strategically”
When starting an academic career, one encounters limited employment options in and outside of universities. In this workshop the main stepping stones of an academic career up to a professorship are discussed and further options are presented. The main focus will be on features that help you stand out whilst also investing in a "plan B". Those are in particular a clear and independent profile, confident interaction with organisational structures and their committees and micropolitical & strategic networking competences.
Please note: it is not clear yet if this workshop will be offered as a virtual format or if it will be held on the Bahrenfeld Research Campus. If held on site, the workshop will consist of two half-day sessions on
- Monday, December 13, afternoon, and
- Thusday, December 14, morning until noon.
In case of a remote format the exact dates might change as the workshop will be broken up into multiple shorter sessions. We will keep you updated about the format as the epidemiological situation develops in fall 2021.
Session 1: "Reality Check"
Session one will focus on individual objectives and expectations of a desired position. Potential options of an academic career and its framework will be provided to constitute clear possibilities and requirements of a successful career in academics and thus defining important personal fields of action.
Session 2: "Elevator-Pitch"
In session two, you will learn and practice how to present yourself in context of your individual research area in order to arouse the interest of others. You will develop an "elevator-pitch" about yourself and present it to the group.
Session 1: "Networking"
This session will focus on developing a personal network. Questions addressed will be: How to set up a network? Which contacts do I need? Who needs to know me? How can I use my digital network to extend my visibility? You will discuss which networks might help to reach your next career goal and how to set up those.
Session 2: "Pitch-Module"
In this session you will learn how to use your developed network and convince novel stakholder of yourself. Additionally, you will learn using cooperational projects for expanding your network when actively providing your own part whilst working in a team that pursues a common objective. You will develop your personal network draft as to-do-list to be taken on after the workshop.
After the sessions, the coaches will be available for questions.