Naturally, performing experiments, publishing papers and enjoying your science is the prime focus during your PhD or postdoc. However, your employment with SILS is only temporary and, sooner or later, you will have to make a choice about the next step in your career. Besides pursuing a scientific career in academia, there are plenty of other career options for someone with a PhD in Life Sciences. This is both exciting and frightening: You can virtually go 'anywhere' - but how should you decide which direction to take without knowing what to expect from a certain career path? This is why the first step of career development is to actively take charge! Take the time to analyse your skills and strengths, your ambition and wishes. The skill set you developed during your PhD is already very valuable to all kinds of employers. But which other core competencies are required for different type of careers and is there something you can already do to improve or develop them now? Because this process can be daunting and it is hard to get an overview of what 'is out there', we would like to support you in terms of career orientation and perspectives. We are aware that you might be too occupied or stressed with finishing your PhD / postdoc to think about the future right now. However, the first step does not have to be all that time consuming.
This is why we launched the SILS Career Lunch series in collaboration with the UvA-FNWI Career Service in January 2017.