We have the pleasure to announce that the second UNICA-Coimbra Group joint training workshop on career preparation: Navigate your career! will take place at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, 15-18 October 2017.
The 3 ½ day programme (start: Sunday, 15 October afternoon; end: Wednesday, 18 October) will include presentations from keynote speakers, training sessions aimed at improving specific competencies, debates and space for self-assessment and reflection. The Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS) of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik will offer a perfect setting for discussion, learning, networking and recreation.
During their PhD journey, doctoral candidates become attuned to facing the unknown. As they move forward with their work, they develop competencies related to solving complex problems, searching and identifying opportunities, and adapting to changing environments. After completing their PhD, they are again confronted with the unknown: their future career in a global job market, which can present a threat and an opportunity. This joint initiative by two networks, both taking an active role in the further development of doctoral education in Europe, intends to bring together doctoral candidates from universities across Europe in a highly international and multicultural setting, which will allow them to meet peers who may have had a very different experience. Far from their daily obligations towards their research, participants will have the opportunity to step back and reflect, in a structured and guided manner, on the broad skills they have gained during their doctoral studies and that are critical in the ever-dynamic global employment market. These skills include building a network of international peers, functioning in international, cross-functional teams and being exposed to acting outside their daily research environment. While their PhD is a tangible proof of the level and depth of their expertise, it is a deeper understanding of these broad skills that will equip them for a wide range of careers.
The aim of this initiative is not to provide job interview training, but rather to create a space for reflection on employability prospects and on the soft, transversal skills needed to respond to a global setting in constant change.
To ensure a well-balanced geographical spread of participants, we invite each University to nominate one doctoral student to take part in the training. The following items should be provided by 26 May 2017:
Please send the documents mentioned above to:
For UNICA member universities
UNICA Secretariat in Brussels Ms Marta Brelih-Wasowska: firstname.lastname@example.org
Universities that are members of both networks are kindly requested to send these to one network only.
The Organising Committee, composed of representatives of the UNICA and Coimbra Group networks, will select 40 participants (20 participants from the Coimbra Group and 20 participants from UNICA) who will take part in the training. The fee for the participation in the training is €550 and includes accommodation (4 nights) at the CAAS Residence, meals (breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, two dinners) and the participation in the social programme. We strongly encourage Member Universities to support the participation of their doctoral candidates in this joint Coimbra Group-UNICA initiative and to cover their travel and participation expenses.
The UNICA Secretariat (for UNICA member universities: email@example.com) and the Coimbra Group Office (for Coimbra Group: firstname.lastname@example.org) are at your disposal for any questions you may have.