Why is career advice needed?

Building a career in the academic world is not simple: only 12% of postdocs have a permanent appointment at a university after five years (source: Research voor Beleid, 2001). It is therefore wise to investigate what your personal qualities are and how these match different career paths within and outside the academic world.

Career counselling

In the course of career counselling you will use different instruments to investigate your competence profile and what interests and motivates you in your work and in your career. These instruments will include capability tests, personality questionnaires and/or other tasks.

Based on this profile you can discuss with your career adviser such issues as:

  • What particular skills do I need to develop to maximise my chances of a career in the academic world?
  • Do I really want to continue in academia and what are the advantages and disadvantages for me?
  • What other career directions suit my profile?
  • How can I keep my options as open as possible during my temporary appointment?
  • If I want to develop further, how should I approach this and what kind of courses, coaching or training would be most suitable for me?

Depending on your requirements, you can opt for individual or group-based career advice or a combination of the two.

Group-based career advice

If you opt for group-based career advice, you will attend one or more workshops given by the training department.  Please see the website for further details.

Individual career advice

Individual career advice is also possible and takes the form of a number of discussions with a career adviser.  Please see the website of the Career Service.

Last Modified: 18-06-2013