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Post PhD graduation

Life after dissertation

After the enrolment period ends, PhDs face new and challenging opportunities. There are, however, a few things to remember:

  • The AU email will be cancelled unless you continue to work as a faculty member at AU. Hence, remember to establish a new email account that your network knows about.
  • You can’t edit your Pure profile when you are no longer enrolled. Make sure to have your Pure profile up to date, and to export it to a Word document before you submit your thesis. In this way you can also use it in your CV.
  • If you don’t know what to do after your PhD you should check out the webpage for Science for Society. Science for Society enables PhD-students and postdocs in Scandinavia to commercialize research results as it equips them with the required entrepreneurial knowledge and “toolkits” to create impact in society.

Transitioning out of the PhD

10 useful things to do before finishing your PhD:

  1. Think ahead: Research your next move before it becomes urgent

  2. Be open minded: Talk to different people and research different types of employment.

  3. Know your job market: Research which employers are relevant for you. Start collecting interesting job ads – not to apply for them but to get an overview of job tasks, contact persons, companies, and application buzz words.

  4. Don’t underestimate your transferable skills: Identify them, assess them objectively and see if there are any gaps you need to work on. Ask your colleagues, mentors, collaborators for input.

  5. Prepare your CV: Your academic CV is quite different from a CV aimed at industry, and it takes a lot of work and time to prepare a good and successful CV. Seek help from Career advisors and get feedback, so you don’t apply for dream jobs with the wrong CV.

  6. Know what makes you tick: Consider your values and your motivational factors in order to find the right job.

  7. Try a type indicator test: For most jobs you will be tested with at least one type of test. Trying it out beforehand will make it less worrying and will provide you with ideas to handle feedback situations.

  8. Fine-tune your Linkedin profile: Your Linkedin profile is important, and potential employers will check it out.

  9. Get a network overview.

  10. Start applying for jobs 2-4 months before you hand in your thesis.

 

AU Career PhD can support you with all of the above, so feel free to get in touch.

Vibeke Broe, PhD Career Consultant: vibr@au.dk, 29426029

 

Science for Society

Science for Society enables PhD-students and postdocs in Scandinavia to commercialize research results as it equips them with the required entrepreneurial knowledge and “toolkits” to create impact in society. We offer events, workshops and individual guidance. You can read more about the activities here:

Science for Society enables PhD-students and postdocs in Scandinavia to commercialize research results as it equips them with the required entrepreneurial knowledge and “toolkits” to create impact in society. We offer events, workshops and individual guidance. You can read more about the activities here