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Doctoral course - Career skills for scientists

Learn more about career options for PhDs and increase your awareness about all the transferable skills you obtain during your doctoral education. You can also take the opportunity to apply for a one month financed internship in a company or organization within the public or private sector.

The course includes reflections over what career options that exist and sessions where academic and non-academic careers paths and entrepreneurial options are presented and discussed. In addition, the course includes the process and steps in a job application procedure, project management, networking practice and how to use communication skills in various contexts.


Application period for the course in spring 2020 was open between Oct 15th and Nov 15th 2019.

Here is a direct link to the course in the PhD course catalogue.

The next application round is in fall 2020 for the course spring 2021.


The course will be given on Wednesdays afternoons between 13.00 and 17.00 on the first four occasions (29/1, 5/2, 12/2 and 19/2). The company mingle, with the opportunity to apply for an internship, will take place week 10 or 11. Examinations days (individual presentations, divided into 3 groups) will take place March 17, 18 and 19.

Individual assignment

The individual assignment is to interview two PhD holders and write and present the two resulting “Career portraits”. More information is given during the course.


Career Service recruit companies and announce the internship projects to the participants in the Careers skills for scientist course. There are maximum 20 internship projects each year. More info on the page dedicated for the PhD student internships.

Graphical overview of the internship process for PhD students organized by KI Career Service


Ayla De Paepe

Career program manager supporting PhD students