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Creating the Job-Hunting Package: Finding Opportunities and Building Applications for Non-Academic Careers (208)


13th and 27th November 2019

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Verity Elston


National and worldwide statistics show that, no matter what their scientific domain, the majority of doctoral graduates will sooner or later continue their career elsewhere than on the traditional academic path. This workshop reviews the current employment situation, helps participants weigh their options and goals, and prepare for employment in the private and public sectors.

On the first of the two days of the workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to approach the job market (where PhDs work, the paths they take in their careers, the interaction with employers' needs and perceptions), and how they can approach their search:

  • Identifying the parameters of their job-search: their skills and interests, goals and methods
  • Identifying potential employers and possible employment opportunities, reviewing real job ads
  • Examining the elements of a CV and of a cover letter: their content, style, structure and purpose.

In the week's interval, participants prepare for the second day by creating the first draft of their job-hunting strategy: identifying job-finding opportunities relevant to their own situation, writing a CV that will remain in constant evolution, and the template for their own cover letter.

On the second day of the workshop, participants will review and further develop their job-seeking strategy, and receive personalized feedback on their CV and cover letter. In addition, they will:

  • Explore how to develop their network and online presence
  • Understand better how to be "in the right place, at the right time" for the hidden job market
  • Review the essential steps in preparing for the interview process.


Target Group:

The workshop is designed for doctoral candidates from all disciplines and who have decided (or who are seriously considering) to develop their career outside of the academic track, whether in the private or public sectors.



Participants will be required to complete a preparation document, to be supplied to the trainer ahead of the workshop. (Further details will be provided to registered participants prior to the workshop.)


University of Neuchâtel


Dates: Wednesdays, 13th and 27th November 2019

Schedule: 9.15 am to 5.15 pm

Location: University of Neuchâtel



Director of Portfolio Formation Sàrl and head of career advice for the University of Lausanne Graduate Campus, Dr. Verity Elston was previously director of the CUSO Transversal Programme and Deputy to the Dean of the EPFL Doctoral School. She has broad professional experience in the private and public sectors in several countries, including in middle- and high-level recruitment. She holds a doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, the FSEA certificate in adult education, and the ACC certificate in integral coaching. She conducts ongoing qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on the career paths of doctorate holders in Switzerland and in Europe.


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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