Wageningen Graduate School Courses

Below you can find a list of competences, skills and career oriented courses which are organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) in which the 7 Graduate Schools of Wageningen University (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS and WIMEK) are formally organised. All courses are intended for PhDs and post-docs, except the courses Professional in Supervision and Effective Leadership Styles which are intended for staff supervising WU PhD candidates. Please click on the course name for more information about the course and dates at which the course is given.

Career Perspectives (CCP)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator  
18, 25 September and 2, 9, 16 October 2014 9:00 AM 5:00 PM Yvonne Smolders Course is fully booked
waitinglist September/October 2014 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Yvonne Smolders Apply
13, 20, 27 November and 4,11 December 2014 9:00 AM 5:00 PM Yvonne Smolders Course is fully booked
Waitinglist November/December 2014 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Yvonne Smolders Apply
pre registration 2015 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Yvonne Smolders Apply

Course description

After you finish your PhD you have to make the decision for a new job and career path. This practical course supports PhD's in finding out what they have to offer an employer, what they want in their future career, and provides the necessary tools to apply for a job.
More specific we will focus on the following questions:

- What do I have to offer on the job market?
During your education and work experience as a PhD you have developed a lot of technical and personal competences. In this course we are going to explore your competences, strengths and weaknesses. With this self-knowledge you can present yourself effectively on the job market.

- What do I want in my future career?
After your PhD you have to make the decision for a new job and career path. In this course we provide you with tools to find out what is important for you in your next job in terms of career values, team roles and organizational culture.

- How do I present myself?
Presenting yourself is important in finding a new job. In this course we are going to work on your CV, application letter and prepare for a job interview.

Expected results
In general you can expect the following results:
- Awareness of your personal competences, strengths and weaknesses
- Learning about what is important for you in a job and organization
- Tools to present yourself effectively to an employer
- Formulating goals for yourself to reach your next career step

Career Perspectives versus related WGS course Career Orientation
Career Perspectives is meant for PhD's in their third or fourth year who want to take the next step in their career and want support in defining and taking that step.
Career Orientation aims for personal discovery and acquisition of the most inspiring job. Career Orientation is meant for young scientists (PhD's) who are not thrilled about their currents job and thinking about moving their career in a different direction.

You should not participate in both Career Orientation and Career Perspectives at the same time. Please have a look at the description of the courses, and choose the one that is most appropriate for you.

General Information

Target Group: Third and fourth year PhD's and Postdocs
Group size: Max. 12 participants
Course duration: 5 days
Language: English
Credit points: 1.6 ECTS
Self-study hours 5
Name lecturer: Jessica Tummers and Shiraz Kahn (Meijer & Meijaard)


1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) € 450,-
2) Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 900,-
3) Extended fee: All other participants € 1800,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.


Cancellation condition:

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “Full Fee”. 

Exemption of payment:

  • When there is a replacement (who you can propose until three weeks before the start of the course, in this case please inform the course coordinator) you will only be charged with €100.

  • For PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University: when you have a valid reason (circumstances beyond your control) to cancel, you will be charged the reduced fee. In this case a written statement of the supervisor/superior is required.

Note: When you do not have a valid reason to cancel or do not show up at courses that are free of charge you will be charged with €100.


For more information please contact yvonne.smolders@wur.nl