Workshops 7 and 8 June 2021
During the event two workshop sessions are offered. Participation is voluntary.
Workshops Monday 7 June (12.15-14.15 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 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. You will get insights in your personal qualities and how you can use them to feel more confident and to deal with stress during your PhD, but also in the future. On top of that, you will learn how to best present these qualities when looking for your next job. 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
- how to use your qualities during your PhD and afterwards
- 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
Louise Mennen (Mennen Training and Consultancy)
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 favour and sometimes against you. Self-awareness is fundamental to be a future leader and/ or project manager. We will give 3 important moments in the exploration of your next career step where it is very useful to have a good impression of your personal qualities. 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.
- Analysing 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.
Harry Linders (Bureau Loopbaanplanning)
Different people have different objectives and they try to overcome these differences through negotiation. This occurs everywhere in research and each researcher enters into a negotiation of some sort at least once a day.
PhD candidates for instance have to negotiate about:
- The focus of their research project;
- How much time they spend teaching others;
- Career issues like their salary, responsibilities and developing their talents;
- And other topics…
The question always seems to be: should the negotiation be soft or hard? In this workshop we will discuss how to:
- Prepare for a negotiation focussed on career issues;
- Communicate your wishes effectively;
- Find a balance between the result and the relationship.
- you are asked to read a two-page article on Negotiation theory before the workshop takes place
- think about a situation - within your research project or in your search for a job - in which you needed to negotiate. What went well and what didn't?
Ellis Vyth (Hakuna Matata science and media)
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)
Persuasion is an art! In order to position yourself well for your future job it’s important to consider how you present yourself and your ideas in a persuasive way. 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.
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!
Imre Végh (Végh Training and Coaching)
Workshops Tuesday 8 June (12.00-14.00 hrs.)
When you try to find a job in a country that is not your own, you will need to know how to improve your chances at the job market. This is not an easy task as this can differ per country. Because, what might be a ‘normal’ approach to you, might not be the way to succeed in finding a job in The Netherlands.
One challenge lies in how to look for jobs. So for example, do I apply at vacancies, or use my network, or both? Another, even so important challenge is to become aware of the unwritten rules of the recruitment process. So, what selection criteria does a recruiter apply while reading your cover letter or resume? And once you are invited to a job interview, what are dos and don’ts? What do you wear, and what do you say, what kind of attitude is preferred?
At the end of this workshop you have a clearer idea about finding a job in The Netherlands and how to conquer the mysteries of the Dutch recruitment process.
Marleen Dermout (Licensed intercultural trainer) and Sergei Sokolov and Pritam Pai (International PhDs who will share their lessons learned concerning the Dutch recruitment process)
Exploring you career is exciting and at the same time can come with uncertainties. How to plan for the future in a time when the world seems to stand still? This workshop guides you in this process. After this workshop you have a better understanding of your own preferences, what you have to offer and what your next steps could be on the labor market.
During the workshop, you will first dive into your drives and motivation. Knowing what motivates you is an important - and often overlooked - step in a job orientation process. You start mapping your own network and learn how to use Linkedin to expand this network with interesting people, positions and organizations. By the end of this session you are able to write your personal job search profile. This search profile helps you to explore the labor market with more focus and self-confidence.
Before the workshop takes place you will receive some instructions to prepare for this workshop. These preparatory assignments take approximately 30-45 minutes of your time.
Ellen Ruifrok (Career Services Utrecht University)
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.
Bas Dijkhuis (Bureau Dijkhuis)
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.
Arjen van Vliet (Career Services Utrecht University)
Most scientists can present their scientific knowledge, their research- and their practical skills very well. They are, however, less aware of the social, communication and directing skills they have.
Don’t forget you have experience with completing your thesis, maybe also with applying for grants, organizing conferences and directing other co-workers.
You clearly possess a collection of skills you could see as your ‘Transferable Skills’; these are skills you can use in any situation and which make you valuable for the job market.
With use of some practical exercises this workshop will make sure you get a better view on your own skills. You also will be able to present them with the use of good examples during e.g. a job interview.
Jessica Tummers (Hertz Trainings for scientists)