Down below you find our workshop overview. At Career Services we believe that a healthy work-life balance, interpersonal skills and career orientation positively influence your productivity and well-being in the work place. With our workshops you can work on your employability skills. This is a long term investment because the skills you gain are transferable to every next opportunity or challenge you will obtain within or outside academia.

A day planner brimming with tasks and responsibilities: how familiar does that sound to you as a PhD? How do you ensure that your efforts are effectively and efficiently directed while at the same maintaining your well-being under the onslaught?

In this workshop, you’ll explore a number of models and insights from the field of time management. These will help you organise and prioritise your tasks. We will distinguish between urgent and important tasks and practice the ‘Getting Things Done’ method. We will also examine which style of working is best for you, so that you may enjoy all of its benefits during your PhD research and will be able to avoid (many of) the pitfalls.

This interactive workshop will help you work with a purpose and reduce your stress levels into the bargain. Conscious and effective!

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

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Being a PhD, a lot of pressure can be felt. Perhaps you experience stress from finding funds, from striving for good research result or from being dependent on your supervisor/promotor. Moreover, a lot of work needs to be done. Sometimes self starting is difficult and you might experience guilt from procrastination.

In this workshop we take a closer look at stress. We will notice its benefits as well as its pitfalls. You will investigate for your own situation how it is provoked and in what ways it manifests. We will discuss good practices that can help you to find more relaxation. One of those practices we will particularly focus on is mindfulness. This combination of eastern meditation techniques and western psychology can help you to find stress relief. We will do some of its practices to calm your mind, to consciously relax your body and to deal with unpleasant situations. We train our attention in order to be more aware in the present moment and make our decisions consciously.

This is an introduction to mindfulness, it aims to let you experience what it is about. Practicing the exercises on a regular basis is needed for sustainable results. You can do the exercises at home, for which helpful apps and links will be provided.

After this session you are welcome to join our weekly sessions at the Meditation Lab where guided meditations are offered to keep up the mindful spirit.

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

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Only a small minority of PhD’s will progress into an academic career after completing their promotion. Most PhDs will continue their career in the public sector, business or industry. Do you know what you can do after obtaining your PhD? Having options broadens your horizon, decreases stress and will help you prepare for the future.

In this workshop we will focus on alternative scenarios for a non-academic career. You will do this by applying some principles from Design Thinking. This practice necessitates a certain level of self-knowledge and self-reflection. We will start by reflecting on past activities and finding your “why”. You will then be challenged to generate ideas for the future by using brainstorm-techniques. The focus will be on exploring various scenarios and not on finding the single right solution. In the last part of the workshop you will convert your findings into actions. If you then want to continue your explorations we advise you to attend the workshop Exploring the Job Market & Networking

After the workshop Future Crafting you will have a better grip on what might come next after your PhD. Having options for your future career will help you to reduce stress and increase self-confidence in the present.

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

Assignment

For this workshop we ask you to do a preparation assignment which you can do in 5/10 minutes per day over a period of a week. If you subscribe last-minute you can do the assignment retrospectively. You will receive the preparational assignment after subscribing.

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A PhD-project comes with many challenges. You have to organize your research activities independently and are expected to handle workload. At the same time you are responsible to report your ideas, findings and progress to your promotors. Communication competency is essential to professional success and well-being in the workplace.

In this workshop we will focus on the communication between you and your supervisor. Managing your supervisor and co-workers starts with managing yourself. Therefore, you will answer a short questionnaire to reflect on your own working-style. We discuss the differences between styles and zoom in on strengths and possible challenges. Next you explore the leadership-style of your supervisor. We will discuss different types of leadership and how to deal with them. Ultimately, we will simulate feedback-sessions where you can practice your personal learning goal and improve on your communication skills

The result of this workshop will be that you have a better understanding of your own communication style and that of your supervisor. By combining these insights with experiential learning you will be able to improve the communication with your supervisor. 

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

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At times, doing a PhD can be a solitary process. You are expected to work independently on your research and writing activities. At the same time you are required to collaborate with PhDs and scientists from your department. And for some of your (extracurricular) research activities you team up with people and professionals from different backgrounds. Developing your teamwork skills as a scientist is key to professional success and well-being in the workplace. What role do you prefer to take when working in a team? 
 
In this workshop you will get an introduction to several team role theories. We will then focus on the 9 Belbin team roles. You will fill in a self-assessment questionnaire to explore your own team role preference. As a group we will make an inventory and you will learn more about the strengths and possible pitfalls that come with each role. You will also get a group assignment to further experience the various team roles and to understand how these roles are complementary. We conclude the workshop by looking ahead on how to maximize your team role preference(s) within your PhD-project and, possibly, the next step in your career.
 
After this workshop you will have a better understanding of group dynamics and your own team role preference(s). This can help you to make teamwork both more pleasant and productive. Aside from these benefits it may also guide you in the process of career orientation and planning.

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

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Intercultural encounters in the work place often go smoothly. You can easily identify yourself with the other person regardless of differences in language or origins. However, you will be surprised by the miscommunications you can have with people from a different cultural background. Miscommunication can have many causes: from individual differences in personality to differences in behavior and belief arising from culture. Culture can offer an explanation, but at the same time it is not all explanatory.

In this workshop we explore how cultural patterns can influence our thinking, feeling and acting. We briefly discuss the concept of culture. We then focus on how to understand and use culture practically. You gain insight into how Dutch culture is experienced by other cultures and how 'we' interpret other cultures. Through this comparison you can discover how your preferences relate to "the Dutch standard" of - for example - communication, decision making and perception of time.

After this workshop you are more aware of your own cultural patterns and how they can influence the communication with people from another background. This way you are better able to prevent possible miscommunications. This makes future intercultural encounters both fun and more effective.

For

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project

Costs

Free

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We believe that career orientation and planning boosts your self-confidence by decreasing doubts you have about your future. With the workshops in this category you can work on your job application skills. This will help you to broaden your horizon; find out what your next steps can be and how to present yourself to employers.

The workshops in this third category are also for 3rd year bachelor students, master students and recent graduates from all faculties. All the workshops are offered in both Dutch and English and participation is free of costs. New dates will be published quarterly.

Are you unclear on what kind of job will suit you, what you are passionate about, or what is possible with your educational background? In this workshop, we will explore these questions to find out what is in your wheelhouse. By consciously and actively engaging with these themes, you will find out what it is you really want.

An experienced career coach will encourage you to look at different aspects of yourself and your life to extract information for your future. By mapping your interests, capabilities, motives and career values, you will determine what is (most) important to you. After that, you will be better able to consider the jobs, organizations and tasks that fit your preferences.

After this workshop, you will continue your job search with more self-knowledge and more self-confidence. 

Who is it for
3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

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Do you know what skills you’ve acquired at uni? People tend not to think much about these things. Transferable skills are useful in all kinds of professional contexts and you carry them with you from one job to the next.

If you want to convince an employer that you’re the right person for a job or an internship, you need the ability to present your skills with clarity and conviction. This workshop will make you aware of the transferable skills you’ve developed in your studies, at your (temp) jobs and in your extracurricular activities.

In the workshop, you’ll analyse a job offering and try to assess, as accurately as you can, what the employer is looking for. You’ll learn to distinguish between specialist and generic (though job-specific) skills. You will then catalogue your transferable skills and practice providing examples that show what skills you possess.

Upon completing the workshop, you’ll know exactly what your skills are and you’ll be better able to advertise them.

Who is it for
3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

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The job market offers innumerable possibilities. In this workshop you will learn how to get a better understanding of organizations and positions. You will also learn how to use and improve the networks you belong to.

It makes sense to bear your preferences, qualities, and drives in mind as you explore the job market. To do that, you need a clear picture of what criteria your future job has to meet. If you don't have that yet, recommend you take the Self-analysis for Career Development workshop first. You could also look into some jobs that interest you and formulate criteria based on those.

In the Exploring the Job Market & Networking workshop, we will look at the ways employers look for employees, so you can anticipate their needs as you look for a job. You will learn how to track jobs and vacancies and how to make use of your network. You will also learn how best to present yourself to prospective employers by preparing a professional pitch.

When you complete this workshop, you will better understand how to approach the job market and will be more aware of the potential of your own network. As a result, you will approach prospective employers with greater confidence.

Who is it for

3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

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Have you already made a LinkedIn account but is your profile still not set up properly? Are you unsure what exactly LinkedIn can be used for at all? In this LinkedIn Basics workshop, you will learn how to build a strong profile and how to expand your network. The sooner you start working on this, the easier it will be to use LinkedIn when searching for a job. Since we all know, nowadays: a strong online presence is essential.

In this workshop you will learn what a strong profile looks like, you will get to work on your own profile, and receive feedback on your profile. After this workshop, you will know how to further improve your profile as well as how to connect with people.

Bring your (charged) laptop with you so you can get started right away.

After this workshop, or if your profile is all done already, you can sign up for the Advanced LinkedIn workshop. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn when trying to find a job.

Who is it for

3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

Free entrance

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Do you want to know how to make LinkedIn really work for you? In this workshop you will learn:

  • how to make sure that recruiters/employers find you;
  • how to write a good summary;
  • how to use groups and company pages;
  • how to find jobs;
  • and how to build and maintain a good network.

To participate, you need to already have a completed LinkedIn profile. Don’t have one yet? Sign up for the workshop LinkedIn Basics, or get started yourself prior to the LinkedIn Advanced workshop. It could help to also follow the workshop Exploring the Job Market & Networking. Bring your (charged) laptop with you so you can get started right away.

Who is it for

3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor and Master students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate schools

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Are you ready to look for an internship or new job? In this workshop you will learn what is standard practice for writing an effective cv and appropriate cover letter.

Using instruction video’s and detailed explanations of do’s and don’ts, we will show you the different components that make up cv’s and cover letters. We’ll also discuss how employers select from all the cv’s and letters they receive, and how you can use this knowledge to your advantage. During the workshop you will start working on your cv and cover letter and give each other feedback with the help of a checklist. There will be plenty of time for you to ask any questions you may have.

Once you have finished your cv and/or cover letter using all the knowledge you’ve gained during the workshop, you can get this checked by a career officer in an individual session.

This workshop is an excellent starting point for students who are new to writing cv’s and cover letters. 

Who is it for
3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor's and Master's degree students, recent UU graduates and PhDs of all Graduate Schools

Free entrance

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Do you know what is important during job interviews? This workshop will help you understand the employer's perspective and how to play into their needs effectively. In this workshop we will focus on the interview that you need to do to get a job or internship. You will also learn about the do’s and don’ts of writing your CV and cover letter.

For this workshop, it is important that you have a relatively clear idea of what kinds of organizations and jobs appeal to you. If you are not there yet, we recommend that you take the Exploring the Job Market & Networking workshop first.

For the Preparing a job interview workshop, you will analyze a vacancy of your choice in order to assess what an employer is looking for. You will examine how your motivation and experience align with the job. You will also practice your answers to some common job interview questions and will be coached on how to improve your presentation.

This practical workshop will help you build confidence for your next application for a job or internship. Afterwards, you can make an appointment with a career officer to practice one-to-one. 

Who is it for
3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor's and Master's degree students, recent UU graduates and PhDs

NB. Are you a Social Sciences master student? Then this training is already part of Academic Professional.

Free entrance 

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A day planner brimming with tasks and responsibilities: how familiar does that sound? How do you ensure that your efforts are effectively and efficiently directed while at the same maintaining your well-being under the onslaught?

In this workshop, you’ll explore a number of models and insights from the field of time management. These will help you organise and prioritise your tasks. We will distinguish between urgent and important tasks and practice the ‘Getting Things Done’ method. We will also examine which style of working is best for you, so that you may enjoy all of its benefits and will be able to avoid (many of) the pitfalls.

This interactive training will help you work with a purpose and reduce your stress levels into the bargain. Conscious and effective!

Who is it for
3rd-year and 4th-year Bachelor's and Master's degree students, recent UU graduates and PhDs

Free entrance

Registration for:

 

Our no-show policy

We are happy to offer workshops for free to all Utrecht University students. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. This is how we work: 

  • Once you have signed up for a workshop, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least 24 hours before the workshop;
  • Not showing up without notice will mean you cannot participate in any Career Services activity for 8 weeks. Two no-shows mean you cannot participate for the remainder of the academic year;
  • When partner organizations or companies are involved, they will be informed of you not showing up without notice.