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I have a PhD! What’s next? | 2nd edition

11,12 and 25 October & 7 November 2022 | i3S, Porto

Are you finishing your PhD and you are not sure what to do next?
Do you want to do a postdoc but you are not sure what is your best option?
Do you have enough information about potential careers inside and outside the academia?
Are there professional opportunities for PhDs outside the academic world? 
How is that job market?
How to network efficiently?
What do I need to prepare a successful job application?
How can I get the most of my postdoc focusing on my future career plans?
If you are in your PhD’ last year and you have any of these questions please join the workshop “I have a PhD!: What´s next?” to get some hints on the options, make informed decisions and prepare a transition from your PhD to a postdoc or jobs outside academia; whatever you decide.
During these sessions, we will explore who you are, what kind of career you envision and the strategies needed to secure a fulfilling professional career. The workshop will combine individual and team work; acquiring tools that will help you to prepare for the new professional challenges.
You will have the opportunity to do practical exercises on grants writing and job interviews (Mock).

Target audience: i3S members only - 3rd and 4th year PhD students. Priority will be given to last year PhD students.

Course duration: 15 hours 

Optional module 6: 6-8 hours of previous work course + 2h presential session

Requirement: Laptop 

Organizers: Paula Pérez, i3S Career Development Unit


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The course will be held during 5 weeks, combining classroom sessions with individual work, according the course calendar:

Course modules
Session 1
| 3h30 | 11 October 2022 | 9h30 -13h00 | classroom
Session 2 | 3h | 11 October 2022 | 14h00 -17h00 | classroom
Session 3 | 3h30 | 12 October 2022 | 9h30 - 13h00 | classroom
Session 4 | 3h | 12 October 2022 | 14h00 - 17h00 | classroom
Session 5 | 2h | 25 October 2022 | TBA | Online session 

Optional module
Session 6 | 6 - 8h | 7 November 2022 | TBA | Self-study + classroom

Provisional program

11 October 2022 | Meeting room A
9:30 - 13:00

Session 1
I have a PhD and I do not know where to start

Paula Pérez
14:00 - 17:00

Session 2
What is out there for me?´

Paula Pérez


12 October 2022 | Meeting room A
9:30 - 13:00

Session 3
Applying for jobs beyond academia

Paula Pérez

Session 4
Get the best out of my postdoc

Get the best of my postdoc. How to engage with the position and work for the planned objectives.

Paula Pérez
15:45-16:00  Break  

Session 4
Get the best out of my postdoc (cont.)

Round table: What makes a good postdoc and how to prepare postdoc interviews: PI´s perspective. Speakers to be confirmed

Paula Pérez


25 October 2022 | Online session

Session 5
Mock interview practical exercise

Do you want to train for your future job applications? A fictitious job advert will be share with participants at the end of Session 4. Interested candidates can present their applications; the best four candidates will be called for a mock interview with an external panel from industry recruiters. All course participants can attend the mock interviews, feedback session and make questions to recruiters.

(Interviewers will be announced at the time of application)


7 November 2022 | Self-study + Meeting room A | 6 – 8h | TBA

Session 6: Grant writing practical exercise feedback: My PhD project in ten sentences (Optional module)

Are you thinking about a postdoc and you want to learn about grant writing to prepare your future applications?
Do you want to analyze your PhD project from another perspective to help you to prepare your final manuscript and defense?
If you answer yes to one of the above questions, please register to this last session of the workshop.  We will provide you with one-week access to the online Grant writing material from Parkerderrington to help you to develop skills relevant to writing research-grant applications.
In this approach the most important skill is the skill of writing key sentences. The PIPPIN key sentences are a distinctive set of sentences that create the framework for a project grant. The key sentence approach can be applied more generally in any form of writing where you want to communicate the essence of your message to people who do not have time to read the details.
You will use your PhD project as raw material for writing key sentences. You need to divide the project into work packages and assemble the raw material you need to write about the work packages. 
In this last session of the workshop we will discuss about your experience with the exercise and receive feedback on your PhD project key sentences.
Timeframe: It is likely to take you 6-8 hours of concentrated individual work, probably best spread over several days


Paula Perez, i3S Career Development Unit (Sessions 1-4)

TBA (Round table participants in session 4 and external panel for mock interviews in session 5) 


Workshop (Sessions 1-5): 20 €
Workshop (Sessions 1-5) + Optional module (session 6): 35 €

Registrations open only for i3S members.

Pre-registration deadline: 31st August 2022
Payment deadline: 12th September

Pre-registration form >>

Payment will be requested only after confirmation of acceptance.
The organizer reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants or other unforeseeable events that render the execution of the course.
Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course to participants that meet the following: attendance in 80% of the sessions and active participation.

Cancelation policy
In case of cancellation, the registration fee will not be refunded.
The organizer reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants, organizational reasons, for other unforeseeable events that render the execution of the course impossible. The organizer shall immediately inform the pre-registered participants of such changes.


More Information
Advanced Training Unit | E-mail: training@i3s.up.pt | Tel: +351 226 074 900