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Turning your PhD into a career - Awareness for career opportunities

Course 2021-44

Date: 17 November 2021, 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: on campus, SFG 1060

Trainer: Dr. Christine Issa, SAMINWORLD, Düsseldorf

Target Group: International PhD candidates in the final year

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Working and conducting research in academia offer a lot of opportunities for networking and career planning. Having these opportunities doctoral students should be able to transform them into vital networks and career possibilities, no matter if inside or outside of academia.
Rising the awareness for own competencies, skills and roles is a profound basis to build on own achievements for further career developments. In vivid and international working environments, providing a clear self-image and a professional skills profile is a door-opener for future collaboration opportunities. Researchers need to be familiar with their skills, should know how to establish their own brand with self-marketing and develop a strategic view on the career landscape to be successful.
In this workshop participants will learn the rules of self-marketing, start to develop a first draft of an own skills’ profile as a basis for the management of the own career, learn about career-oriented networking and will develop a first draft of their imagination of their career paths.


  • My PhD - my career development plan
  • Motivations, needs and work-life-balance in career planning
  • Skills required inside and outside of academia
  • Skills Audit - development of a skills profile
  • Self-marketing - making achievements visible
  • Insights in employment policies

Learning Outcomes

  • Insights in career opportunities during a PhD
  • Development of a professional skills profile
  • Impulses for needs and motivations in career development
  • Understanding of employers needs and interests


  • Knowledge transfer
  • Groupwork
  • Reflective praxis with coaching techniques


A maximum of 12 people can take part in the workshop.To book your place in this workshop, please register for the course number 2021-44 via our registration form.

Christine Issa
Dr. Christine Issa

Trainer: Dr. Christine Issa

Dr. Christine Issa is advisor, trainer, coach (DGfC) and co-founder of SAMINWORLD in Düsseldorf; a company specialized in cross-cultural collaboration and environmental education. After her vocational education as a merchant, she studied Geography, Economy and Islamic Studies. She worked as a project controller for the mobile branch of Telekom Germany and for RKW Architecture and Urban Development. She accomplished her PhD in geographical development and conflict research and has a long-standing working experience in international project management. She works as an advisor for collaboration in higher education and development cooperation in Afghanistan. She conducts workshops, supports change management processes and is author of several publications in the field of geography.