PhACE - 28 & 29 November 2022

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During PhACE (PhD Activating Career Event), PhD candidates can ex­plore different career options the Dutch labour market has to offer. PhACE is a 2-day event and consists of plenary talks by experts, discussions and 4 workshop sessions.

This upcoming PhACE event is fully booked due to large interest. Don't worry, other PhACE editions will be organized in March and June 2023.


Day 1: Monday 28 November 2022

8.45-9.15Registration & coffee
9.15-9.45Welcome & introduction
9.45-10.30Track 1 - A career in academia: Scientific role & Next to science
  - Scientific role: Lidwien Smit (UU)
  - Next to science: Aad Haverkamp (UU)
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00Workshop session 1 : Exploring your motivation & skills
  - Self-analysis for career orientation
  - Knowing your qualities & working with core quadrants
  - Labour market orientation & the role of personal qualities
  - Debating and persuasion for professionals
14.00-14.45Track 2 - A career outside academia: NGO & Government
  - NGO: Esther Luiten (ASC)
  - Government: Katinka Beker (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) 
14.45-15.15Coffee break
15.15-17.15Workshop session 2 : Enhancing your skill set
  - Personal Branding  
  - Negotiating about career issues
  - Networking skills
  - Use your transferable skills

Day 2: Tuesday 29 November 2022

9.00-9.15Welcome & reflection on day 1
9.15-10.00Track 3 - A career outside academia: R&D & Consultancy
  - R&D: Tim van Werkhoven (ASML)
  - Consultancy: Nuria Boot (Strategy&)
10.00-10.30Coffee break
10.30-12.30Workshop session 3 : Market specific skills
  - Online branding & networking with LinkedIn
  - Orientation on entrepreneurship
  - Preparing for a job interview   
  - Use your transferable skills 
13.30-15.30Workshop session 4 : Repetition and additional workshops
  - Dealing with stress & boost your self-confidence
  - Preparing for a job interview
  - Communication skills for difficult conversations
  - Networking skills
15.30-16.00Coffee Break
16.00-16.45Track 4 - A career outside academia: Teaching & Popular Science
  - Teaching: Rogier Bos (UU, former teacher in secondary education)
  - Popular Science: Dieudonnée van de Willige (SciCom & Maastricht University)
16.45-17.00The next phace in your future

The program is subject to change.


In each track two experts from different work fields share their work experiences. Each expert gives a short presentation about his or her background, current job and skills. After these presentations there will be a Q&A session. You can prepare for the tracks by thinking of questions you would like to ask the guests. 


You will attend 4 different workshops during PhACE. In each of the 4 workshop sessions you can choose in what workshop you will participate. The workshop lenght is 2 hours.
You will find the description of the workshops here.


Start date and time
End date and time
University Hall Utrecht
Entrance fee
No entrance fee

If you have registered, we count on you to be present due to catering and workshop reservations.

More information
PhACE website