PhACE - 6 & 7 March 2023

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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.


Day 1: Monday 6 March 2023

8.45-9.15Registration & coffee
9.15-9.45Welcome & introduction by chair Ineke Verhagen
9.45-10.30Track 1 - A career in academia: Scientific role & Next to science
- Scientific role: Celia Berkers (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
  - Be aware of your transferable skills
14.00-14.45Track 2 - A career outside academia: NGO & Government
- NGO: Leonie Barelds-Cramer (Unicef)
- Government: Sarah Spronk (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
14.45-15.15Coffee break
15.15-17.15Workshop session 2 : Enhancing your skill set
  - Personal Branding  
  - Negotiating about career issues
  - Networking skills
  - Be aware of your transferable skills (repetition workshop)

Day 2: Tuesday 7 March 2023

9.00-9.15Welcome & reflection on day 1 by chair Ineke Verhagen
9.15-10.00Track 3 - A career outside academia: R&D & Consultancy
- R&D: Tim van Werkhoven (ASML)
- Consultancy: Bas Castelijns (PwC)
10.00-10.30Coffee break
10.30-12.30Workshop session 3 : Communication specific skills
  - Online branding & networking with LinkedIn  
  - Preparing for a successful job interview 
  - Communication skills for networking conversations
  - Respectful persuasion
13.30-15.30Workshop session 4 : Additional & repetition workshops
  - Dealing with stress & boosting your self-confidence
  - Discover entrepreneurship
  - Dutch ways for international PhD candidates
  - Preparing for a successful job interview (repetition workshop)
15.30-16.00Coffee Break
16.00-16.45Track 4 - A career outside academia: Teaching & Popular Science
- Teaching: tbd
- Science Communication: Peter van Ewijk (comedian & producer)
16.45-17.00The next phace in your future by chair Ineke Verhagen

More details about the program will become available soon.
Please note that 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

Unfortunately, the PhACE event on 6 & 7 March is fully booked. 
If you have registered, we count on you to be present the full 2 days due to catering and workshop reservations.

More information
PhACE website