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March 2021

With the arrival of spring we are continuing our activities online and are happy to be seeing a high turnout. With the gradual reopening of the Danish society we will eventually combine the virtual events with physical events, and keep you posted via Facebook and this newsletter.

We are happy to announce that the programme of our biggest event of the season, PhD Career Week (20-22 April), is finalized, with 6 career workshops and 16 companies joining the event. Check out the programme here and sign up. We look forward to seeing you.
Our new colleague, Dorte Petersen, is settling into her new role as PhD Career Consultant. Meet Dorte at a 1-on-1 career counselling session, or tune into our upcoming event "How to Build an Industry Network", where she will be sharing her tips and insights.


PhDs Inside - Management Consulting with McKinsey

Date: 25. 03. 2021. 15:00-16:15

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.
Join this event and meet AU PhD Alumni, now working at Mckinsey, and hear their experiences about a career in consulting, typical tasks, how they apply some skills they gained during their PhDs, and what a day in the life of a consultant looks like.

- Johannes Lüneborg (PhD in Economics)
- Christina Nielsen (PhD in Nanoscience)
- Boris Georgiev (PhD in Economics)
- Kristina Wedege (PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering)

Strategic Career Thinking for JRs

Date: 05. 05. 2021. 14:00-16:30

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 in order to achieve your desired goals.

PhD Career Week

Date: 20-22. 04. 2021.

PhD Career Week will span over three days,­­ ­­bringing you online career workshops and company presentations, with relevant content for all PhDs and JRs across all 5 faculties of AU.
You can pick and choose the sessions in accordance with your interest and availability. 

Morning career workshops cover topics such as Career Decision Making (IDA), Working in Denmark as an International PhD (IDA), CV, LinkedIn, and Cover Letters (Djøf & DM), “Freelance you” (Science for Society). 
We are happy to have a wide range of companies:
Arla, DTI, Grundfos, Roche, Netcompany, Chr. Hansen, ALK-Abello, VIVE, Høiberg, Nationalbanken, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, VIA, Innovationsfonden, Qiagen, Kamstrup.

How to Build an Industry Network

Date: 20. 05. 2021. 9:00-10:00

Do you dream of a broad industry network to support your career? Then join this webinar and learn how to build a network through steps, that are easy to manage and combine with your research position. No matter your path after your PhD, be it academia or industry, a network will help you with both paths.
Speaker: Dorte Petersen, AU Career PhD & JR, PhD Career Consultant.


Career Counselling

Sign up to our career counsellings, where you can discuss the direction of your career and/or alternative career options in one-on-one talks. You can get feedback and advice on your CV and cover letter, get help on how to build an industry network, and you can increase your awareness of your competences and what you have to offer. You can now also sign up for career counselling with our new colleague, Dorte Petersen.

Sign up for individual counselling here.

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.

Read more and sign up

Guild PGR Summer School

Date: 5th-9th of July
Venue: Online course
The University of Glasgow hosts the Guild PGR Summer School as an online event. The overarching theme for the week is research communication, encompassing many important topics relevant not only to the PhD experience, but also to future career plans:
  • Communicating research to diverse audiences
  • Communication within a multidisciplinary team
  • Communicating with external stakeholders
  • Communicating with the media

Learn more here  // Apply here.

Career days at each PhD programme in 2021

This year AU Career PhD & JR is involved in planning and facilitating career days at the different PhD programmes at AU. It is a pilot project funded by the university focusing on “early career awareness” or “tidlig karriereafklaring” for PhD students, which is also part of the AU Strategy. The aim is to support PhD students in becoming more career aware and helping them in the career decision process. The career days are planned and organised in collaboration with the PhD programmes, so it takes your needs as the starting point. The first ones are planned for the next months and then really take off after the summer holiday. Keep an eye out for your local career day, and we look forward to seeing you!

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Claudia Nielsen (Technical Sciences, Dep. of Agroecology), the winner of this year’s 3MT. Claudia has won a travel grant of 35.000 Dkk, and will have the opportunity to present her research at Coimbra Group's annual conference, which will be held virtually from Charles University this summer. Further congratulations to Jakob Thyrsted (Health, Dep. of Biomedicine) for winning the People’s award. 

The event was recorded, and will be posted here.