Many doctoral candidates face the question of how to pursue a career outside academia after the completion of their doctorate. One thing is sure, the next career step will take them out of academia and into one of the various fields in industry and society. Beyond this decision, however, many questions remain unanswered: Which career path is the right one? How to succeed in leaving academia and entering new fields? What skills are needed? How does a network work?
The programme "Career Mentoring" signposts possible career paths and supports doctoral candidates in the natural sciences in planning and achieving their career goals. The programme pursues the goal of preparing twelve outstanding doctoral candidates for a successful career in industry and society, providing them with better access to career-relevant networks, and developing and expanding their competence profile for the non-academic job market.
The programme offers a combination of three components: career mentoring, networking activities and several trainings. The mentoring programme lasts one year. The call for applications is open in May each year. The programme starts in June.
The Mentoring Programme is part of the project "Natural sciences in industry and society: contact, mentoring, communication and cooperation" funded by the Joachim Herz FoundationExternal link.