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GAUSS Career Workshop: “A Career in Academia” (14-15 June 2022; online)


We are happy to announce our next online GAUSS Career Service workshop: “A Career in Academia” by Dr. Neela Enke.

Am I suited for a career in academia? And what does it take to become a professor? Are there alternatives? These questions are crucial for scientists throughout their postdoc phase. This workshop gives an overview on how a career in academia can be achieved and which parameters are relevant for strategic career development in the (German) academic system.

  • Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, 14-15 June 2022
  • Duration: 2 days (9:30-17:00h)
  • Location / Format: The workshop will take place online via Zoom
  • Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not yet registered) and send an email to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop Description:

The first part of the workshop will look at careers in academia and their specific requirements (e.g. creating individual research profiles, qualifying for professorship, networking). It discusses field specific and overarching aspects of career development in academia. The participants take stock of their achievements so far and identify relevant areas of development. The participants explore and structure their personal resources, skills and concepts to come up with a catalogue of criteria to evaluate different options in regard to their values and individual background.

The second part includes relevant strategies for successful career development (e.g. networking, visibility). The identity as scientist (as well as other professional roles) is, among other things, formed by expectations specific of the “the scientific community” as well as an individual’s gender, socioeconomic background and/or ethnicity. The workshop reflects on these aspects to increase the career related self-efficacy of the participants.


“I found this to be a very worthwhile workshop to attend, especially for Postdocs who are uncertain about their next steps or about their prospects for attaining a full professorship. The coach was very helpful and informative and the days were well-organized. The greatest benefit for me was the chance to talk with other postdocs in an open way and to also obtain advice from them in certain cases.”;

“The workshop helped me to find my motivation and competences and where to improve or learn to plan my future career.”