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Strategic planning of an (academic) career

Target Group

Postdoctoral researchers up to 3 years after their PhD


Today, a scientific career is characterized by increasing complexity, long times of temporary contracts, rapid change and intense competition. Young scientists are increasingly confronted with rising demands for quality improvement and excellence in everyday scientific life. Strategic career planning and individual solutions can help meet these expectations and successfully pave the academic path or timely find an exit strategy.

Programme of the workshop:

  • A career in science:
    • What does it mean?
    • What is needed to succeed?
    • What do I have to offer?
    • The „typical academic career“ (in the German system and selected foreign systems)
    • Career options for scientists outside academia
  • Strategic planning of my career

Following a one-day workshop, the opportunity of individual consultancy through the trainer (certified systemic coach) is offered (2 hour / participant). In these sessions individual problem areas and solutions can be discussed.


  • Participants become aware of their current situation and see short-and medium-term goals for their future career. They explore whether they want to persue an academic career or find alternative solutions.
  • They reflect upon the progress of their academic career and plan the next steps.


Input from trainer, individual and group exercises and discussions, individual consultancies (upon request)


If participants request individual consultancy, they need to provide an up-to-date academic CV including information on publication record, record of third party funding acquisition and teaching experience 3 weeks in advance. Specific questions or goals for the consulting session should also be formulated.

Course instructor

Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb


8h workshop + individual coaching


Workshop: Thursday, 23rd Jan. 2020, 9am to 5pm

individual coaching appointments: Friday, 24th Jan. 2020


Please fill in the registration form and send it to


Freiburg Research Services (FRS), Friedrichstr. 41-43, 2nd floor

Max. no. of participants