CLOSED!! Creating the Job- Hunting Package: Finding Opportunities Outside the University and Building Applications

Course Information

  • Friday, May 04, 2018,
    9:30 AM till 6:00 PM
  • Friday, May 18, 2018,
    9:30 AM till 6:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    April 4, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and early stage postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 12 participants).
    Dr. Verity Elston
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    National and worldwide statistics show that, no matter what their scientific domain, the majority of doctorate holders will sooner or later work outside the university, in the private or public sectors.

    This workshop is intended for doctoral candidates and early stage postdocs, who have decided to seek opportunities off the traditional academic path. It reviews the current employment situation and provides participants with the practical tools to develop their search for a rewarding career, whether in the private or public sector.

    During the two days of the workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to approach the job market (where doctorate holders work, the paths they take in their careers, their interaction with employers), and how to build the factors for their next career steps. Participants will develop the tools to:

    • Identify the parameters of their career development: their individual profile of experience, skills, motivations and interests, the goals they want to set and the methods to take them there

    • Identify potential employers and employment opportunities, review and respond to job ads, make the link between their experience and employers’ requirements

    • Develop their network, explore potential career paths, present themselves, manage informational interviews, and better utilize online resources

    • Prepare the elements of the recruitment process: creating an adapted and evolving CV and cover letter, focusing on their purpose, structure, content and style, and handling the interview (typical questions, salary)


    Participants who complete this workshop will have:

    • Better understood the career opportunities for a doctorate holder in Switzerland and elsewhere.

    • Better appreciated the perspectives of employers on doctorate holders, and how these interact with the typical profile of a doctoral graduate.

    • Outlined their job-seeking approach: their skills and interests, researching the potential areas of employment and opportunities available to them, the methods they can put to use in their search.

    • Composed a CV and cover letter that respond to the profile sought by the employer as much as they best describe the person they present.

    • Prepared the first version of a concise verbal self-presentation, outlining their individual strengths and abilities.


    • Theoretical introduction, open discussion and questions

    • Case histories (including audiovisual)

    • Practical exercises (individual, pair and group)

    • Feedback from the trainer/the group.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Early Stage Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Dr. Verity Elston is Director of Portfolio Formation Sàrl and manager of the University of Lausanne’s career advisory service for PhDs and postdocs. Specialized in early career development for doctorate holders, she has broad experience in both private and public sectors in several countries. Ms Elston holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, the SVEB/FSEA Certificate in adult education, and the ACC certificate in integral coaching.


    1 ECTS / Total 25 h -> Preliminary work 3 h, lessons 14 h, follow up & homework 8 h.1 ECTS corresponds to appr. 25-30 h.

    Participants are required to complete a first version of their personal profile builder, to be sent to the trainer one week prior to the workshop. This document will serve as the basis for activities during the workshop, helps to provide focused content, and can be used in the long term as a fundamental tool for career development.

    Participants will prepare for the second day by finding an opportunity relevant to their own situation, using the tools covered to write a CV and cover letter (both documents in English). These documents will be sent in advance to the trainer in order to receive detailed feedback. A small number of participants will be invited to present their documents to the group for review and feedback. All feedback will be provided on the second day.
    Participants will be encouraged to create their own support group(s) after the workshop, in order to maintain the momentum and share their experiences during their search for new employment.


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester. Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, GRACE Room 306

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