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AU Career PhD & JR Newsletter

December 2020

With 2020 soon coming to an end, it is safe to say that we are all closing an unusual year. We know that many of you have struggled with cancelled plans for international stays, have had to apply for prolongation of your scholarships and have had to deal with the struggle of writing from home sometimes in the (rather demanding) company of small children. Your aptitude for flexibility, perseverance and ability to handle set-backs has been severely tested, and we hope for a return to normal times very soon.
At our end, we were at first worried about the effects of Covid-19 on the labour market, but on a positive note, we actually ha
ven’t registered a decline in recruitment in the areas where researchers
typically find employment. Therefore, this year again, many researchers have left “the yellow walls” and found employment in both private and public organizations both in DK and abroad. 
Whether the troubling times have let more people to consider career paths outside of academia, or whether it has been because of the convenience of the online format, we have had a record high number of participants in our events this year. Thank you all for joining our different webinars throughout the year, and we hope also to “see” you at our upcoming events.

On another positive note, it has been decided to prolong the Junior Researcher Development Programme (JRDP) with a year, and we are currently working out a plan for that. Unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to Catrine Rumohr who many of you have met in counsellings and as co-host at our events. Catrine will be hard to follow, but we will try to find a suitable replacement as soon as possible, so we can provide you with the service you deserve.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe New Year from AU Career PhD & JR!


"Market Yourself" Week

CV Webinar

Date: 26. 01. 2021. Tuesday
Time: 14:30-15:45
Location: Online

This webinar will give you an introduction to how to structure a CV and what content is relevant in a CV aimed at industry or the public sector. It will focus on how to turn your researcher experience into bullets in a CV, and give you a basic understanding about how to work with your CV as a researcher. 


Cover Letter Webinar

Date: 28. 01. 2021. Thursday
Time: 14:30-15:45
Location: Online

In this webinar, you will learn some guidelines for writing effective cover letters. Having a good cover letter is integral to a strong job application, but it can be very difficult. We will discuss cover letter structure, how to “show it don’t tell it", which formulations to avoid and all the do’s and don’ts.


WEBINAR: PhDs Inside - HR

Date: 25. 02. 2021. Thursday
Time: 14:30-15:45
Location: Online

Have you thought about using the skills you have gained during your PhD within the field of HR? 
Sign up for this webinar to “meet” AU PhD alumni, who work within the field and learn more about the opportunities within HR.


Sneak peek into more upcoming events

We are planning some exciting events for the spring semester, such as...
  • Salary Negotiation Webinar
  • PhD Career Week 2021
  • Competency Mapping Webinar
  • PhDs Inside - R&D
  • an event in collaboration with McKinsey & Company
  • events in collaboration with The Kitchen and Arts Karriere 

Stay tuned through our Facebook page to see the newest updates. 


Competitions for PhDs

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2021

In 3MT, PhD students present their research project in three minutes for an audience of non-specialists with only one static slide – and no other resources. This challenging exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of the researcher’s capacity to explain their work effectively.

In 2021 the internal winner at AU will win a 35,000 DKK travel grant and the video of the performance will be submitted to the international competition held in the Coimbra Group of more than 35 European universities.

Read more here

Ph.d. Cup 2021

Applications are open for Ph.d. Cup, a competion giving you the chance to win 50.000 Dkk with your PhD Project.
Application deadline: 1 February

Ph.d. Cup is a competition in communicating science to the general public for Ph.d. students, who have finished their ph.d. and received the approval in 2019.
After six years running, Ph.d. Cup is becoming a prominent intersection for scientists, development and education. The event aims to contribute with the sharing of knowledge and science to the broad population in Denmark.

The event is arranged in a co-operation between DR, Lundbeck Foundation and the Danish daily newspaper, Information.

Read more here


More news

Online PhD Career Day... or Week?

PhD Career Day will take a new, more ambitious format in the coming year. We are doing our best to accommodate all departments and faculties with relevant content, and therefore, we have plans to extend PhD Career Day to a 3 day PhD Career Week. We will keep the online format, as we do with all of our events currently, and the content will be a mix of career related webinars and 45 min. sessions with 12-15 different companies. This way you don’t have to participate all three days but can log in for the webinars and company sessions of your choice. We think it will be great, so put a mark in your calendar for 20-22. April 2021! More information will follow in the spring.

Career Counselling at AU Career PhD & JR

The key element in AU PhD & JR's career services is individual counselling. In one-on-one talks, you can discuss the direction of your career and/or alternative career options. You can get feedback and advice on your CV and cover letter, and you can increase your awareness of your competences and what you have to offer. And of course other topics that you would like to discuss.
Our career counselling services are offered an ongoing basis. Sign up for individual counselling

AU Mentor PhD & JR

Over the next 10 months, our 32 newly matched mentees and mentors from the 2020 mentor programme will start a journey of growth and development. If this sounds interesting to you, and you would like to know more about getting a mentor from industry, please look at our website.
Applications to the next round of the mentor programme will open in February and will close on Aug.15th at the latest. We have 25 available spots in 2021, so keep an eye out either on our website and/or on Facebook.