Virtual Career Day 2024


On Thursday, April 25, 2024, our third Virtual Career Day 2024 "Transition Possible" will take place in collaboration with seven other research institutions.

This year's focus is on "Postdoc Skills = Job Market's Needs". Participants can expect panel discussions, networking opportunities and get in touch with renowned international companies from several sectors. Furthermore, you will be able to choose from a range of workshops to help you prepare for your move into industry.

Shortly, you will find further information regarding the line up of our guests and program on this very page. Furthermore, you will find the link to register for the main event soon on this ▶ website.


08:45 - 09:00 a.m.  I  Opening

09:00 - 09:05 a.m.  I  Greeting & Introduction
by Katrin Busch-Holfelder (▶ Coaching Akademie Berlin)

09:05 - 09:30 a.m.  I  Keynote

09:30 - 10:15 a.m.  I  Panel Discussion "Transition Possible"
with company representatives and representatives from science management and science communication.


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  I  Coffee Break
and breakout-rooms for networking

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.  I  Subpanel Session 1: Transition Possible
in breakout-rooms. Presentation of with representatives from recruiting and a postdoc from various companies.

  • Room 1: SIEMENS (KI Development)
    with Eduard Fouché (▶ Postdoc) and N.N. (Recruiter)
  • Room 2: EnBW (Energy Supplier)
    with N.N. and Daniela Sturm (▶ Recruiter)
  • Room 3: ZEISS SMT (R&D)
    with N.N.
  • Room 4: tba: d-fine (Consulting)
    with N.N.
  • Room 5: BASF (Chemical Company)
    with N.N.
  • Room 6: Bundesministeruim für Umwelt (Science Management)
    with N.N.
  • Room 7: Globalfoundries (Seminconductor Development)
    with N.N.
  • Rom 8: Grünenthal (Pharmaceutical Company)
    with N.N.
  • Room 9: Bayer (Chemical Company)
    with N.N.

11:20 - 12:00 a.m.  I  Subpanel Session 2
with all of the panelists listed above.

12:00 - 12:15 p.m.  I  Wrap up

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.  I Meet a career counselor

12:45 - 14:00 p.m.  I  Lunch break

14:00 - 18:00 p.m.  I  Workshops
on career specific topics such as presentation of values and skills, career orientation, career decisions, CV check, effective self-presentation in interviews, use of social media in job applications, and much more. A comprehensive list of all eight workshops and their specific criteria to register can be found below.

Workshop 1: tba
Duration: tba
Registration: tba

This workshop will be held by  ▶ Katrin Busch-Holfelder.

Workshop 2: Career Planning and Job Seeking Strategies
Duration: 3h
Registration: ▶ online

This workshop aims to help researchers to improve their employment prospects, using recognised tools and techniques to assist in assessing skills and interests. With a career planing overview and information about what influences career decisions, they will understand how to apply this knowledge to make informed career decisions, they willunderstand how to apply this knowledge to make informed career decisions, as well as identifying career sectors and roles of interest. The workshop will demonstrate creative ways to use social media and AI to identify potential roles, companies and vacancies. By the end of the session, participants should be more knowledgeable about their own strengths and the opportunities available so that they can start to formulate a strategy for a successful career transition.

This workshop will be held by ▶ Sarah Blackford and is hosted by ▶ DZNE.

Workshop 3: Strategic Career Planing: Finding My Profile
Duration: 2h
Registration: ▶ online

It can be hard as an early career researcher to find time to plan your next career move but the more informed you are about yourself and your ‘profile’, the more you can (begin to) identify your options and the possible routes you might take...and possibly save yourself time later on. In this short online session specially designed for international researchers we will focus on

  • Personal aspects of your “profile” – what skills do I bring, what can I do, what motivates me, what matters to me and how and when do I work best?
  • Situational aspects of your “profile” – where am I able/willing to go, do I have what I need to get there, which factors constrain my current choices?

With this in place, you will have a basis on which to define your next career steps.

This workshop will be held by ▶  Dr. Philippa Cook and is hosted by ▶ GEOMAR.

Workshop 4: tba
Duration: 3
Registration: tba

This workshop will be held by  ▶ Inga Dankert and is hosted by ▶ DESY.

Workshop 5: Essential Skills for a Career in Industry
Duration: 3,5h
Registration: ▶ online

The idea that the ‘traditional career path’ for a scientist is to become a professor and build a research program is outdated. The reality is that only a small percentage of scientists stay in academia, and the majority build exciting careers in industry. However, most scientists don’t learn anything about the private sector, so making the transition is often very challenging. This workshop will teach you how working in industry is different than academic research, what skills are useful in the private sector, and how to communicate your value to an industry manager.

The contents of the course are:

  • How is working in industry different than academia?
  • Work habits that successful scientists learn quickly
  • What scientist skills are useful in industry?
  • Review: What are my unique strengths that are valuable in industry?
  • How to describe your academic experience so you impress an industry manager
  • Stories from many scientists who have built successful industry careers

The course is highly interactive, mostly based on lectures, discussions and interactive exercises. We aim to bring together the skills and experiences the trainer has gathered in academic and industrial settings.

This workshop will be held by ▶ David M. Giltner and is hosted by ▶ KIT.

Workshop 6: Next Level Productivity using AI Assistants
Duration: 2h
Registration: ▶ online

AI-based tools have the potential to revolutionize scientific writing and enable researchers to work more efficiently and effectively. An example is AI-powered literature search tools that substantially help researchers identify relevant articles and assess their quality, streamlining the research process.

This workshop will be held by ▶ Daniel Mertens and is hosted by ▶ IPP.



The Virtual Career Day 2024 is sponsored by