Career Counseling and Orientation

Individual Career Counseling

Together, we discuss the perspectives within and outside the scientific community, support your decision-making process and advance your career. If you are interested in a personal consultation, please contact ▶ Jana Schmitt.

You can find an overview of individual offers in the area of career counseling and mentoring ▶ here.

Orientation and Career Events for Postdocs

The KHYS Postdoc Office offers events at regular intervals on topics that are specifically tailored to the postdoc phase. This way you have optimal orientation from the very start while, at the same time, establishing valuable contacts with the invited guests and speakers as well as other postdocs.

At the Career Day, the KHYS Postdoc Office informs about career paths for postdocs with its colleagues from other Helmholtz Centres. The event takes place under the motto Transition Possible and will focus on occupations for postdocs outside the academia. Further information regarding the event which is going to take place online can be found  ▶ here.

Topics of past Career Days can be found in our  ▶ archive.

Our event series Career Talk is aimed at postdocs who are looking for information regarding attractive career options outside academia. At this event, representatives of a guest company will share practical tips, insights and experiences on how to successfully transition outside academia and into the guest company. During the last bit of the event, you will get the possibility to talk, network and exchange experiences.

The next Career Talk will take place during the ▶ KHYS Postdoc Days 2024. The guest will be announced shortly.

The ▶ KHYS Postdoc Days 2023 provide a comprehensive program with answers to your questions on career perspectives and qualification opportunities.

Feel free to browse our ▶ archive in order to take a look at the dates and topics of past KHYS Postdoc Days.

The ▶ KHYS-Foyergespräche provide the framework for an interfacultative meeting of doctoral students and postdocs on topics that are of particular interest to young scientists and early-career researchers. In a joint dialog, personalities from science, economy and politics offer insights into practical situations and orientation assistance. The exchange of personal experiences is in the foreground. Following the rounds of talks, you will have the opportunity to make valuable contacts with speakers and participants during a pleasant get-together.

The ▶ KIT Postdoc Meetings are an event series which dynamically adapts to the demands of postdocs, as they are invited to actively participate in the selection of topics. The framework of the event consists of the following three main parts: Each event will start with a short keynote speech on topics previously suggested by the postdoc community. Following the keynote lecture, two KIT postdocs can briefly present themselves and their research project. In a subsequent get-together with snacks and drinks, further contacts can be made and questions can be asked.


Are you a doctoral candidate who considers doing a postdoc phase after the completion of your PhD to take the next step in the academia? In order to help you with your decision making, this ▶ workshop examines the general framework of the postdoc phase at KIT. Also, experienced junior scientists will answer your questions. Please note that these workshops will take place in German only.

We invite all new postdocs to the ▶ Welcome Event for the best possible start. At this event, you can find out more about the postdoc phase at KIT and also which support and further qualification offers are available at KHYS. In the subsequent get-together you can meet other postdocs in a relaxed atmosphere.



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