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February, 2021

Our team at AU Career PhD & JR has been busy with the preparations for Virtual PhD Career Week (20-22 April), career counselling, planning of future events, and our mentor programme: applications for mentees opened today.

With so much on our plate, we are happy to welcome a new colleague: we are very excited to introduce our new team member, Dorte Petersen, who will take part in our tasks all the way from career counselling to events.

Dorte has a degree in chemistry and biotechnology from Aarhus University. She holds 25 years of work experience from different companies in Denmark ranging from biotechnology (Nunc), food ingredients (Dupont), and renewable energy (Vestas). She has held specialist as well as manager positions and can share what hiring managers are looking for in your applications and CVs. Her latest position was at the Danish Technological Institute, where she worked with business development and competence development of teams.
Check out Dorte's
LinkedIn profile for more information on her background.

Book a career counselling session with Dorte if you are looking for inspiration on how to transition from academia to industry and what could motivate you for that. You can meet Dorte for career counselling from mid March.

PhDs Inside - HR

Time: 25 Feb (Thu) 14:30-15:45
Location: Online

In this webinar you will “meet” AU PhD alumni Silvia Pirola (PhD in European Studies), now working at GCF Danmark, and Marianne Livijn (PhD in Organizational Design), working at UKON, who will share how they are applying their expertise in the field of HR, leadership development, and strategy implementation.

Sign up to lea
rn more about the opportunities within HR, about a typical day on the job, and tasks and responsibilities.

PhDs Inside - Management Consulting with McKinsey & Co.

Time: 25 March (Thu) 15:00-16:15
Location: Online

Take a look behind the scenes of management consulting!
Working towards your advanced degree means you likely already have many of the skills you need to succeed at McKinsey and in Management Consulting in general: problem-solving, project management & intellectual curiosity.

Sign up to our webinar to "meet" AU PhD alumni working at McKinsey, hear their experiences of working in consulting, get insight into a day on the job, and learn about career paths from consultants on the journey themselves.

How to Make your PhD an Asset

with Dansk Magisterforening

Time: 9 March (Tue) 9:00-10:15
Location: Online

How do I communicate the value of my PhD and research experience to employers? How do I negotiate wages and benefits in my career after my PhD?
Join this webinar to learn the answers to these questions, and to understand how your experience as academics is valued in various contexts (e.g. in industry, at NGO’s, in the public sector).


Virtual PhD Career Week

Time: 20-22 April
Location: Online

Our 3-day Virtual PhD Career Week brings you online workshops and company presentations.
Each morning will start with career workshops, organized in collaboration with DM, IDA, and Science for Society.
The workshops will be followed by company presentations spread over the three afternoons, each 45 minutes long. The featured companies include: Arla, Danish Technological Institute, Grundfos, Netcompany, ALK-Abello, VIVE, Novo Nordisk, Qiagen, Patrade, Kamstrup... and more tba.
You can pick and choose the sessions according to your interest and availability.

Mentor Programme

Our yearly mentor programme focuses on connecting PhDs and JRs with mentors from the private sector. The goal is to support you in your career development and ease your transition from academia to industry, by bringing you closer to the business community.
The applications for the mentor programme opened today.

Read more and sign up here.


Career Counselling

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.
Sign up for individual counselling here.
From the middle of March, you can book sessions with our new career counsellor, Dorte Petersen

Strategic Career Thinking for JRs

Time: 5 May (Wed) 14:00-16:35
Location: Online / maybe physically, if possible

This workshop is for new junior researchers (postdocs and assistant professors) who are interested in getting the most out of their research years at Aarhus University by working with strategic career planning. You will gain knowledge on what makes a successful post doc: how to plan ahead and how to navigate and think strategically to achieve your desired goals.

Read more and sign up here.

The Kitchen, Aarhus University's startup hub, and Science for Society frequently organize inspirational and professional talks, networking and social events, investor events, workshops, pitch sessions, and more.

Their events for the season are now open, and include exciting events such as...
  • Brand Building
  • From Unicorn to Bankruptcy - and Starting All Over
  • Capital Connect
  • Founders' Gare
  • Investor Readiness
  • Intellectual Property
... and more.

They are also hosting a seven-week spinout program "Validate Your Business Model", aimed to help early stage spinout and startup teams.

See the full programme on the website of The Kitchen and Science for Society.