Workshops 28 September and 5 October 2020
During the event two workshop sessions are offered. Participation is voluntary. You can register a first and a second choice.
Workshops Monday 28 September (11.30-13.30 hrs)
Many people encounter stress when they are working on their PhD project. When this feeling of stress continues over a longer period, this may lead to negative side effects among which a feeling of incompetence and a decrease in self-confidence.
This workshop can be your start to reduce your feeling of stress. You will get insights in your personal qualities and how you can use them to feel more confident and to deal with stress. You will also discover what drives you into stress, and how to prevent having negative thoughts that may lead to stress. A couple of lively exercises will give you practical tools to boost your self-confidence, even at stressful moments. By practicing and sharing experiences, ideas and stories you will learn from each other as well as the trainer.
At the end of this workshop you will know:
- how to stimulate a feeling of self confidence
- what makes you feel stressed
- how to diminish the feeling of stress
- you are asked to fill in an intake form before the workshop takes place
- during the workshop you have to be in a room where you can walk around a bit
The coronavirus outbreak, its influence on your PhD and your reaction to it can bring you down and discourage you. But it also contains valuable information about your strengths and qualities. This information helps you to unleash your potential and make positive choices for the current situation and your future career and life.
During this workshop we investigate that information by using the method of Appreciative Inquiry. When thinking about challenges and crises in our lives and careers we are used to focusing on failure, weaknesses and what went wrong. Appreciative Inquiry focuses on your strengths, what works and on your unique qualities.
We will work on four steps:
- Discover…..what is already inside you in relation to strengths and qualities
- Dream…..what could be, look at the present and your future in an innovative way
- Design…..what should be, constructing a concrete image of that future
- Deploy…..what will be, how can you make your discoveries sustainable, what are the first steps
This workshop is interactive, creative and dynamic. Working on what works gives energy, brings out humor and motivates.
In establishing a career outside science and academia, a pivotal role is reserved for the skill in negotiating the right job, salary, working environment and work responsibilities with future employers and colleagues. So that you work on something you love under the circomstances you chose.
During this workshop the participants will be informed about the basic principles of negotiation theory. What do you need for setting your goal? How do you create a situation where everybody wins? What are the issues at stake? The workshop offers three assignments to practice your skills, including tips and tricks for salary negotiations.
Stef van Kersbergen
Do you already have a LinkedIn account but an incomplete profile? Are you unsure what LinkedIn can be used for at all? Do you want to know how to make LinkedIn really work for you?
Nowadays, a strong online presence is essential. With LinkedIn, you can profile yourself even better than with a CV. In this workshop, you will learn what a strong profile looks like, how to add different elements and how to describe them best. You will also get tips on how to write a good summary, how to use groups and company pages and how to find jobs.
To participate, you need to already have a LinkedIn profile. Don’t have one yet? Sign up and get yourself started prior to the workshop. After the workshop you will know how to finetune your profile and how to make use of the various functionalities.
Sjoer Bergervoet (Career Services Utrecht University)
Persuasion is an art! Persuasion occurs everywhere: at work, at home, anywhere you may be influenced or others may be influencing you. Sharp arguments and a compelling vision go a long way. But also using your charm, choosing your words wisely and being emphatic are essential ingredients for more influence.
Creating motion:Respectful persuasion is about setting people in motion without using nasty tricks. During this workshop you will gain insight into what moves people and how to motivate them for your proposals. It’s about sensitivity and understanding group dynamics. We will work on practical techniques that will make your communication authentic and respectful as well as more effective.
We will work on the basis of four themes:
- Inspiration - motivating and encapsulating speech
- Sharp argumentation - dismantling false arguments and fallacies
- Charisma - non-verbal communication of (world) leaders
- Empathic Communication - creating support and dealing with resistance
Learning by doing: Learning by doing is the motto, so you can expect practical exercises in which you will put the effectiveness of your communication style firmly to the test!
Workshops Monday 5 October (10.30-12.30 hrs)
As a PhD student you are working on groundbreaking research and you see opportunities to transfer your research project into solutions for real life problems. Starting your own company might not be the first idea you had when starting your academic career, but it can be a powerful way to safeguard the impact of your research.
In this online workshop we will discuss what it means to be an entrepreneur, the similarities/differences with being an academic researcher, we’ll discuss your own ideas and we’ll try to set the first steps in this entrepreneurship journey.
Eventhough it will be an online workshop, we’ll make it as interactive as possible. Everyone will have the space to introduce their own research, how they view entrepreneurship and what they believe will be in it for them. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a clearer view on entrepreneurship and if it could be something for them. Also, it will be clear where help can be expected from the UU/UMCU.
In this workshop there will be given a way to explore your core-qualities and to see these strengths in yourself work mostly in your favor and sometimes against you. Self-awareness is fundamental to be a future leader and/ or project manager. Except this the question: What do you bring for our company? Is a standard question in a job interview. Awareness of your 4 or 5 personal qualities is the basis for preparing a job interview.
We will explore your strengths and weaknesses by:
- Exploring your values, cultural background and upbringing.
- Discovering your personal view on your strengths and weaknesses.
- Analyzing 4 or 5 personal successes. Due to the online workshop this is something you must do yourself or later more elaborate with colleagues or friends. We will show 2 examples how to do it.
- At the end of the workshop a fairly clear image of your personal qualities will emerge. The workshop gives you guidelines to continue to explore your core qualities and how to use this knowledge in a job interview.
- Furthermore, it will give direction for personal coaching topics.
When looking for a new job, newspapers and the internet are NOT your most valuable sources of information. Your personal network is!
By strategically using and enlarging your network, you can drastically increase your chances of finding the right position for you. This online workshop helps you fill your networking ‘toolkit’. You will gain insight in the current status of your network and will learn a step-by-step approach to enlarging your network in the direction important to you. The workshop consists of a little theory mixed with a lot of practice. You have live interaction with the trainer and your fellow participants.
Anyone who wants to know how they can make more use of their network for finding career opportunities.
Through the exercises in this workshop you will gain hands-on experience in making your network work for you.
Do you know what is important when applying for a job? And how to get the best out of your (online) job interview? What you can do to prepare yourself as optimally as possible?
In this workshop you will be made aware of the perspective of the employer and how you can respond to this in an authentic and effective way. We will look at how your motivation and experience match the job and organization and how you can communicate this. We alternate theory with practice and rehearse frequently asked job interview questions. You will receive tips on how to optimize your presentation.
This practical workshop helps you to apply for a job with more self-confidence. For this training it is important that you have a general understanding of which jobs and organizations appeal to you. Please prepare by selecting a vacancy that you would like to respond to.
After the workshop you can make an appointment with a career officer to practice a job interview individually.
Rutger-Jan Scholtens (Career Services Utrecht University)
Are you going to apply for a job in het private or public sector? What are the various criteria for writing a CV and cover letter then?
In this workshop you will learn how to write a good CV and appealing cover letter. With the help of instructional videos and explanations of do's and don'ts, you will receive information about the various parts of a CV and cover letter. We will discuss how employers make their selections and how you can anticipate on that. You will learn about various designs for a CV and you will get advice on how to phrase the content of the different sections. Hence we will discuss how you can best structure a cover letter and how to apply story telling techniques to make the content readable.
This workshop is an excellent starting point for people who have little experience with writing CV’s and cover letters. There will be plenty of time for you to ask any questions you may have. If you like you can share your CV or cover letter in advance with the instructor. When relevant he will discuss parts of your CV in the workshop when you have given consent to this.
After the workshops you can make an appointment with a career officer to individually discuss your revised CV or cover letter.
Arjen van Vliet (Career Services Utrecht University)