PhACE = PhD Activating Career Event

Many people start their PhD thinking they will continue with a career in academia, whereas only a relatively small proportion of PhDs end up in long-term academic careers. PhACE aims to help PhDs at the end of their doctorate to think about their future career. 

Exploring your career options

During this two-day event PhD candidates can ex­plore different career options the Dutch labour market has to offer. Do you want to stay in academia or not? What are the alternative possibilities and how do your skills and competences fit in these new career choices?

During the event professionals that successfully completed their PhD and now work in different career fields talk about their careers during two discussion sessions. They share their experiences and talk about the skills needed to transfer to areas outside academia. Beside the discussions with these professionals, two workshop sessions are offered. The goal of the workshops is to help you explore and improve your personal strengths and skills.

Target group

PhACE is organized for PhD candidates at Utrecht University and UMCU in the penultimate (usually third) year of their PhD. 
The event is mainly aimed at PhD candidates who had no or little work experience before they started their trajectory. 


Free of charge


Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 June 2021 (fully booked. Registration is no longer possible) 


The event takes place online, in MS Teams

Next PhACE events

In case you cannot attend in June: there is another edition of the event scheduled in 2021:

  • Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 November (online or face-to-face. To be decided)