Workshop Future Crafting (English language)


Only a small minority of PhD’s will progress into an academic career after completing their promotion. Most PhD’s 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.

Who is it for

PhD’s of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project; Postdocs and temporary teachers from all faculties, regardless of your type of contract (pilot)


Rutger-Jan Scholtens

Free entrance

Certificate of proof of attendance available


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 students 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.


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De Serre, Botanical Gardens