Career Compass: How to set the direction of your professional development

25 September & 17 October 2018



The main aim of the course is to enable participants to:

  • get to know themselves in more depths, i.e. identify what makes them “tick” – core values, strengths, talents, skills etc.;
  • envision their professional future and connect to it;
  • learn about their unique impact and the professional environment they thrive in;
  • experience how to rebound quickly by recognizing and overcoming self-limiting beliefs and fears;
  • create a concrete action plan with specific steps and a timeline.


While some young academics have known exactly what they want to do in their professional life since their childhood years, others have been less clear about this question. Yet others again, realize that they might have to consider alternative career paths. After digging deep into an academic topic for years, it can be a rather daunting task to find a job, to marshal the clarity and confidence to look ahead and plan a professional future.

This workshop will support PhDs and post-docs to build their career from “inside out”, by identifying and mobilising their inner resources: values, strengths, skills, motivators and a sense for a purpose in life.

We will provide hands-on tools, so participants can clearly see their potential and use it to envision their own career path. Through an indepth experiential work, they will engage in hands-on activities that guide them through the first essential stages of staring or changing their career: gaining the clarity to understand what drives them, figure out what they really want, developing a career vision, as well a concrete action plan.

General information

Dates:  25 September & 17 October 2018 (2 days)

Schedule: 10.00 - 18.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Building A, room A017

Credit points: 1.0 ECTS (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation (both days)

Information: Please contact the doctoral program coordinator Sara Santi

Meals: no meals expenses reimbursement

Travel expenses: For participants of the DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology. Please send original the train tickets (half-fare, 2nd class) with the reimbursement form to Sara Santi. For more information see the travel expenses reimbursement section


  • This course is open to all Ph.D students. However, until 4 September 2018 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology"  participants.
  • Post-docs are welcome if places are still available.
  • Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum: 16. 
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 300.00 per person. Therefore, a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration: through the web only: Closed. The course is full.

Deadline: 11 September 2018

Please check our Cancellation policy.

Free cancellation before deadline. Cancellation fee after registration deadline: CHF 100.-