Workshops for researchers

Intensive career events for researchers considering careers in industry

Are you a researcher considering a career switch towards industry? Are you searching for efficient tools to advance your career and become competitive in the job market? Take part in our intensive career events for researchers! Our ambitious goal is to help you reduce the time you need to find a new career for the whole year!

Our intensive career events for researchers are focused on self-discovery and on preparing the participants for developing their future careers. We are practical, goal-oriented, and we always take an individual approach to the course participants. At the end of the training, you will better understand your strengths and weaknesses and have a much clearer picture of what “dream job” means for you, and what steps to take to get this job. We will also provide you comprehensive information about the job market for PhDs (including useful contacts). This will highly accelerate your transition to industry.

This is not yet another typical university course based on textbook knowledge. During our one-day event, you will go through a battery of aptitude tests and exercises that will help you to determine the future career path that might be best for you.

But this is not all – we also keep in touch with the participants of our courses and help them further! The participants also receive a number of homework assignments followed by an individual online career consultancy session. The aim of this additional 1-1 meeting is to discuss the personal progress after the course and to prepare a personal strategy for the job application process together.

Our philosophy: We combine the knowledge about the job market with the self-discovery exercise.

We will also contact private companies in our network after the event, and you might be called with a job offer!

Our content

Our workshops include the following lecture modules:

How to find your true calling? Nature versus nurture

Where to go next? The landscape of Post-PhD career tracks

How to land a dream job? Finding and developing your transferrable skills and core competencies. Applying for jobs/approaching job interviews

Entrepreneurship session: Personal finances & How to build a business as a scientist

Survival guidebook: How to manage yourself in industry?

Format

Intensive Career Development Courses for Early Career Researchers

These workshops are full-day sprint career events. This fast-paced, high-intensity training is recommended for researchers who need to quickly improve on their knowledge about the job market, and start looking for jobs straight away.

We offer these workshops in two versions:

1. Online, 4 weeks x 4 hours (Thursdays, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST).

The package includes:

➣ Interactive lectures, hands-on exercises, aptitude tests,

➣ Digital materials,

➣ A set of homework assignments,

➣ An individual follow-up online career consultancy session after the course,

➣ Access to our internal “Ask me anything” Slack channel,

➣ Free entrance to the future online editions of this workshop.

The participation fees:

Postdocs: 315 EUR (+21% VAT) p.p.

PhD candidates: 295 EUR (+21% VAT) p.p.

Researchers in a hard personal situation (without a contract): on an individual basis, please DM us.

Agenda & Syllabus

2. On-Site (One-day event, every last Friday of the month, 8:30 am – 7 pm CEST). The events take place in Therapeutisch Activiteiten Centrum Amsterdam (TACA), Borgerstraat 102, 1053 PW Amsterdam. TACA is located in Central Amsterdam, 15 minutes by tram #17 from Amsterdam Centraal station.

The package includes:

➣ Lectures, hands-on exercises, aptitude tests, group assignment,

➣ Digital materials,

➣ Catering: lunch, coffee/tea + snacks, farewell drinks,

➣ A set of homework assignments,

➣ An individual follow-up online career consultancy session after the course,

➣ Access to our internal “Ask me anything” Slack channel,

➣ Free entrance to the future online editions of this workshop.

The number of seats per event is limited to 15. First come, first served 🙂

The participation fees:

Postdocs: 315 EUR (+21% VAT) p.p.

PhD candidates: 295 EUR (+21% VAT) p.p.

Researchers in a hard personal situation (without a contract): on an individual basis, please DM us.

Agenda & Syllabus

Comparison between the Online and the On-Site version of the course
Online course
On-Site event
  • The comfort of getting trained from your own home and in time slots that don’t interfere with your working time,
  • More distant contact with the lecturer and co-participants,
  • The material spread throughout 4 weeks,
  • Materials universal for PhDs residing in various countries.
  • You need to commute to the training-site in Amsterdam,
  • More direct contact with the lecturer and co-participants,
  • Concentrated on fast results: all the material condensed into one day,
  • Extra materials specific for PhDs on the Dutch job market.
  • Two-day Intensive Career Development Events for Early Career Researchers

    As opposed to the one-day version, the two-day sessions include an increased amount of discussion time and consultancy, homework, more exercises in pairs and group games. These events are recommended for researchers who have more time to consider various career paths before making decisions on where to go next. Currently, we only organize two-day workshops on-site, and on-demand.

    Agenda & Syllabus

    Upcoming events

    Thursday 6th August 2020 – Thursday 27th August 2020, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST: Online 4-week Intensive Career Development Course for Early Career Researchers

    Register now!

    Saturday 29th August 2020, 8:30 am – 7 pm CEST: On-site One-day Intensive Career Development Event for Early Career Researchers (TACA Center, Amsterdam)

    Register now!

    Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Thursday 24th September 2020, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST: Online 4-week Intensive Career Development Course for Early Career Researchers

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    Friday 25th September 2020, 8:30 am – 7 pm CEST: On-site One-day Intensive Career Development Event for Early Career Researchers (TACA Center, Amsterdam)

    Register now!

    Offer for universities

    We also offer our services to universities. The options are as follows:

    ➣ 2-hour sprint career workshops “The landscape of post-PhD career tracks,”

    ➣ One- & Two-day Intensive Career Development Events for Early Career Researchers,

    at the client’s site. The price is customized and depends on group size.

    Email us!

    Testimonials

    “I participated in the online version of the Intensive Career Development Event for ECRs. I enjoyed the pace and atmosphere of it. This workshop covers much more than simply how to do plan your future career. When you are stuck with your work it’s really hard to grasp a broader perspective on your career. This workshop helped me to realize my motivations and what I could gain by pivoting to another kind of job (“to which tribe I want to belong” in Natalia’s words). The practical part about job-seeking was also really engaging (which is not always the cause, I have a comparison with another course organized by my university). The additional value of this course is a special block about personal finances and how to build your own business (as a scientist). These things are not something you could get often from such workshops. Last but not least, I liked the possibility to share experiences with other ECRs (and learning from them their solutions). Natalia covers some of those topics in her book — which is a recommended read 😉 — but the workshop dynamics offers so much more!”

    — Daniel Borek, PhD candidate, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium


    “This career workshop differs from the ones I attended until now. Welcome Solutions really provides a lot of information, exercises, and homework. These gave me an opportunity to discover my likes and dislikes and it gave me a picture of what should be my next step in my career. Thank you, Welcome Solutions, for your spirit and uniqueness. Moreover, Natalia (the workshop organizer) is very natural, friendly, and intelligent. It was my pleasure to meet her in person. 

    I have to add that I really like the idea of meeting 1-1 after the workshop (included in the price). This gave me a feeling of personal interest in my career — something unique compared to other workshops. Also, Welcome Solutions provides a recruitment solution to help in finding a job by matching you with a potential job. And at the end of the workshop, I got Natalia’s book, “What is out there for me? The landscape of post-PhD career tracks.” It is a great addition to the course :)”

    — Joanna Szopińska, PhD candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


    “This workshop is different from all the other classes I have been to before. It shows a lot of very different professional opportunities – above all that a successful career for a doctoral graduate is not always a tenure track. The course encouraged me to take an insight into myself, find my strengths, and taught how to use them in professional life. I am pleased that I took part in this course, and thank you for the inspiring time!”

    Martyna Płomecka, PhD candidate, Neuroscience Center, University of Zurich