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Emotional Intelligence for A Successful Academic or Non-Academic Career (409)


16 and 17 November 2020

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Tanja Wranik


Doctoral researchers face constant uncertainty and ambiguity, deal with diverse – and sometimes difficult - people, and push forward projects and ideas despite strong resistance and obstacles. In the most challenging times, this can lead to anxiety, frustration, anger, and even fear. When everything works out as planned, it can lead to pride, joy, or simply relief. Moods and emotions are an important part of working life. They motivate individuals, groups, and entire organizations and influence decision-making, relationships, performance, and health. A well-developed set of social and emotional skills will also help doctoral candidates enjoy and thrive in the stressful and politically charged university environment and pave the way towards a successful career, whether in academia or outside academia.
In this two-day workshop, we will examine the positive and negative influences of moods and emotions at work, define emotional intelligence and demonstrate how it influences the behaviors and consequences of emotions, and discuss strategies to effectively use and manage one's own emotions and the emotions of others. Since emotional intelligence is highly context dependent, we will discuss how languages and cultures influence emotions at work and the potential ways to deal with social situations depending on language and culture. Depending on the participants' needs and goals, we will then apply these skills to topics such as: stress and conflict management; inspiring and influencing others; managing team dynamics; and navigating the politics and power games within academia and other institutions.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

• Identify and describe moods, emotions, and other affective states

• Deal with common emotional situations at work • Sketch a self-assessment of own strengths in emotional competence as well as ideas on how to improve needed capabilities for the current job and the chosen future career
• Set specific goals to improve emotional competence and a personal action plan.


Participants should have at least 1.5 years of experience in the academic environment and feel comfortable speaking and collaborating with others in English.


Preparatory work

Some self-reflection may be required before the workshop, however the main requirement is that participants come prepared to participate actively for the full two days. This is an interactive course in which the relationships and experiences shared within the group are just as crucial for the learning experience as the interaction with the professor.




Date : Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November 2020

Schedule : From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Place: Online !



Dr Tanja Wranik obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Geneva and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. She taught Applied Psychology at the University of Geneva for six years and during this time helped develop the Master of Advanced Studies in Human Resources and Career Development, jointly run by the University of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, and Fribourg. Tanja is a licensed work and organizational psychologist, FSP, APSYTRA, a certified coach, and provides consulting services to organizations throughout Switzerland and Europe. She also teaches postgraduate-level courses and workshops at several Universities and Business Schools.



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