22 November 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00

Personal Development and Competencies during your PhD (workshop)

Course Description

Doing a PhD is a wonderful learning opportunity. You will grow to be an independent researcher. However you can get overwhelmed by the amount of work and developing some specific compentencies often has low priority. The key is to plan your personal development, so that you are optimally ready for your next job when you get your PhD. Recently, a clear set of competences were assembled that every PhD student should have when they are finished.

What you will learn

During this workshop we will work with you to plan the development of these competences. We will help you to find the real goal of your PhD and what you would like and need to develop to reach this goal. You will reflect on your key values and qualities. At the end of the workshop you will have a clear plan to develop the needed competencies to finish your PhD with success and be ready for the next step.

Course date

This workshop will be held on Wednesday November 22, from 13.00 till 16.00 h


Louise Mennen, PhD (Mennen Training & Consultancy)

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

0.1 EC

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: Free of charge.
Course fee external participants: €75.

Course fee

You will receive a certificate after completing the entire course day.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ refers to PhD candidates who are working (either on a salary or on a scholarship) at the faculty of Science, faculty of Veterinary Medicine or UMC Utrecht. Please note that you can use your personal course budget of €400/year (€1,600 max) to pay for these courses. This budget is managed by your department (faculty of Science/Veterinary Medicine) or your Division (UMC Utrecht). 

‘External participants’ include PhD candidates working elsewhere (even those registered with the PhD programmes of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, e.g. at the Hubrecht Institute), PhD candidates from other Schools and postdocs.

The workshop made it very clear to me that a personal development plan is requisite to reach your goals successively.
This workshop was a real eye-opener on setting and achieving goals during and after your PhD
Start date and time
22 November 2018 13:00
End date and time
22 November 2018 16:00
Entrance fee
Free of charge for internal PhD candidates. Course fee external participants: €75.
More information
PhD Course Centre