Intensive Career Orientation Workshops for Researchers in Transition to Industry

Given all my skills and talents, where should I go next?

Where will I flourish and build the career I love?

Are there any hidden career paths I haven’t noticed just yet?

Where can I find “my” people in the job market and how to join them?

How can my PhD advantage my career in today’s job market? 

We have the answers.

The answers to these questions depend not only on your skills but also on your personality, working style, and values. And as a matter of fact, there is nothing like the best job in the world. You and your job are like two pieces of a puzzle — to be happy at work, you will need to find that the perfect fit!

And, can your PhD give you an edge in today’s job market? Of course! There is great demand — but for the PhD degree holders, not just the PhD degrees. It is all about you and your self-discovery — about how competent you are as a PhD. It’s about your mindset, in-demand skills, and planning strategies that will allow you to find your edge in the job market.

In our workshops, we combine insightful, up-to-date information on the job market for PhDs with intensive training in self-navigation. This is what tells us apart. We don’t use the traditional coaching methods, and we don’t just fill missing space in your profile. Instead, we will guide you so that you dig deep into yourself, improve on your networking and negotiation skills, and on your strategy planning through interactive group lectures, self-discovery exercises, aptitude tests, mock-up job interviews, group exercises, and a 1-1 consultancy session.

We are practical, goal-oriented, and we always take an individual approach to every participant. At the end of the training, you will be fully equipped to rock the job market!

  • You will be conscious about your core competencies,
  • You will have a much clearer picture of what a “dream job” means to you,
  • You will have a picture of where in the job market you should start your new adventure,
  • You will have a resume in your hand that fits the industry standards,
  • You will network and go through the job interviews more efficiently,
  • You will take active steps towards landing your new position.

Our workshops are highly interactive and vibrant. We always create a nice, joyful atmosphere and a team spirit at our courses — both on-site and online. We care that participants learn from each other and are mutually supportive. We also stay in touch after the course. If you are building a new career in times of the pandemic, don’t be alone in the process!

Our methods

We do R&D based on networking, field research, informational interviews, and psychometrics combined with machine learning. Therefore, we don’t offer yet another career orientation workshop based on textbook knowledge! During our courses, you will go through a battery of aptitude tests and exercises to help you determine the 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! Our participants receive many homework assignments followed by an individual online career consultancy session. After the workshop, we always arrange a 1-1 meeting that aims to discuss the personal progress and prepare a strategy for the job application process together with the participant.

We also give our participants an opportunity to register in our database. We have a number of companies in our network, and you might be called with a job offer!

The coach

The course is led by Dr. Natalia Bielczyk, the author of the book “What Is out There For Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks”.

Natalia is an entrepreneur, researcher, author, and philanthropist. She graduated from the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Warsaw, Poland, with a triple MS title in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. Thereafter, she obtained a PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

In 2018, she launched a public foundation, Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, aiming to help early-career researchers find new careers in industry. Since 2019, she is also the owner of Welcome Solutions. Next to writing books on career development, she runs a YouTube channel dedicated to post-PhD careers in industry, and she blogs about careers in general. Even though she chose to work in the open market, she is still a researcher in her free time and she believes in the compatibility of science and entrepreneurship.

The 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 transferable 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?

Please find more information about the content of the online and the on-site version of the course below.

The format

We currently offer our workshops in two versions:

Four-Week Intensive Online Career Development Course for Researchers in Transition to Industry

This intensive course lasts for 4 weeks (4 hours of online training per week), and includes a set of homeworks and 1-1 post-training online session with the coach.

This fast-paced group training is dedicated to researchers need to quickly improve on their knowledge about the job market, and start looking for jobs very soon. The lectures are spread over the period of 4 weeks to help the participants better memorize the material and go through all the homework during the course.

The package includes:

➣ Interactive lectures, hands-on exercises, aptitude tests, group assignments (16 h),

➣ Digital materials from the course,

➣ A set of homework assignments,

➣ An individual follow-up online career consultancy session after the course (1.5 h),

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

The number of seats per event is limited. First come, first served!

The participation fees

(the discount is active until December 31st, 2020):

➣ Postdocs: 389 EUR 799 EUR (incl. VAT) p.p.

➣ PhD candidates: 359 EUR 769 EUR (incl. VAT) p.p.

➣ Researchers in a hard situation (no active contract): please DM us.

Register here!

Thursday 4th February 2021 – Thursday 25th February 2021, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST: Four-Week Intensive Online Career Development Course for Researchers in Transition to Industry

Thursday 4th March – Thursday 25th March 2021, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST: Four-Week Intensive Online Career Development Course for Researchers in Transition to Industry

Thursday 8th April 2021 – Thursday 29th April 2021, 6 pm – 10 pm CEST: Four-Week Intensive Online Career Development Course for Researchers in Transition to Industry

Two-Day Intensive On-Site Career Development Event for Researchers in Transition to Industry

This workshop takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It’s a two-day career event (2 x 8 hours, the training days are separated by 4 weeks). It also includes a set of homeworks and 1-1 post-training online consultancy session with the coach.

This fast-paced group training is recommended for researchers who need to quickly improve on their knowledge about the job market, and start looking for jobs straight away. 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:

➣ Interactive lectures, hands-on exercises, aptitude tests, group assignments (16 h),

➣ Digital materials,

➣ Coffee/tea + snacks, farewell drinks,

➣ A set of homework assignments,

➣ An individual follow-up online career consultancy session after the course (2 h),

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

The number of seats per event is limited. First come, first served!

The participation fees

(the discount is active until December 31st, 2020)::

➣ Postdocs: 489 EUR 799 EUR (incl. VAT) p.p.

➣ PhD candidates: 459 EUR 769 EUR (incl. VAT) p.p.

➣ Researchers in a hard situation (no active contract): please DM us.

Register here!

Saturday 27th February 2021 + Saturday 27th March 2021, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm CEST: Two-Day Intensive On-Site Career Development Event for Researchers in Transition to Industry (TACA Center, Amsterdam)

Comparison between the Online and the On-Site version of the course

Online course

  • The comfort of getting trained from your own home and in time slots that don’t interfere with your working time,
  • Online contact with the lecturer and co-participants through Zoom and Slack,
  • The material spread over 4 weeks,
  • Materials universal for PhDs residing in various countries.

On-Site event

  • You need to commute to the training-site in Amsterdam,
  • More direct contact with the lecturer and co-participants, live discussion,
  • All the material condensed within two working days spread over a few weeks,
  • Extra materials specific for PhDs in the Dutch job market.

Testimonials from previous participants

Claire Braboszcz, PhD
Higher Data Scientist at UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's services Skills (OFSTED) & Owner at CosyData Ltd


After a few months of working on my own on my career transition from academia and a few failed job interviews in industry, I found out about Welcome Solution and their online workshop. The description of the workshop as giving not only knowledge of the job market and practical tips for job applications but also giving keys for self-discovery is what made me invest in signing in. That Natalia was herself from a STEM PhD and based in EU as I am was also a big plus.
Taking part in the workshop delivered on every aspect I was expecting, with the added value of not only great first-hand knowledge and tips from Natalia but also the interaction with the other participants.
During the 4 weeks of the workshop, the weekly session, and the homework helped me structure my time and making actual progress on practical aspects of the job search I had been postponing otherwise (like changing the template of my CV for a more modern-looking one or looking up the procedure for becoming self-employed). I found Natalia's knowledge of the job market and her descriptions and practical advice on the different working environments in industry really insightful and so were the "personality tests" and a session on how to manage personal finances. The 1-to-1 session was also a great opportunity after the end of the workshop to get some further personalized advice for the job search. Natalia's enthusiasm and forward-thinking personality gave me some great energy to pour into my transition from academia. About a month and a half after the end of the workshop, I received my first job offer for a senior data scientist position in the public sector, a job I applied to follow the discussion and online search during the 1-to-1 session with Natalia. I have as well started to develop a freelance activity.
The practical tips and knowledge I received about how to approach a job search and make sure to consider my own personal values in the process are in my opinion pretty agnostic of whether you want to try and stay in academia or not and I would definitely recommend Natalia's workshop and a companion book on post-PhD careers as part of the training of ever early career researcher.

Vicky Sherwood, PhD
Expert Scientific Writer, Novartis


I attended an online career development course hosted by Natalia in late 2020. Natalia’s got an amazing grip on the diversity of work options open to those with formal higher education, which she clearly distilled through the course and her associated book: “What Is out There for Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks.”
I don’t think there’s been a more insightful or comprehensive interpretation on the topic of career-design produced since the classic bestseller; “The Pathfinder” by Nicolas Lore, published over two decades ago. Natalia’s work offers career-design support that’s well and truly rooted in the changing landscape of work in the 21st century.

I would recommend this career orientation course to seasoned professionals looking to change careers and graduates just starting out. Anyone who’s seeking a career that’s more engaging and better aligned to their own needs would be sure to learn something new and benefit.

Joanna Szopińska, PhD Candidate
Business Intelligence Consultant at Quintus


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 🙂

Chiara Bastiancich, PhD
During the workshop, she discovered that academia is her home, and she is a happy academic now


This intensive course was well structured and filled with tips and self-observation exercises that I would have never found elsewhere. Working on myself made me realize that I could have a future in the industry, how to smoothly transition there, and look for the perfect position for me. However, it also made me realize that most of the things that I enjoy at work and I am better at are present in my daily activities in academia! As it does not only matter what you do but also in which environment you want to do it, learning about the different working attitudes, tribes and environments was really important for me.
And it made me realize that I am quite happy with my freedom and current tribe in academia and maybe I don’t have to rush looking for something else! Lack of knowledge on your core competencies and future working environment can reduce your career possibilities, but a lack of knowledge on yourself and your relationship with your job might reduce your happiness for life! Take the time to discover yourself and evaluate where your natural talents and passions could fit, and let Welcome Solutions help you do that!