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 assessment (CA)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator  
The career assessment is individually based and you can plan a date with the organisers upon registration 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Yvonne Smolders Apply
individual assessment  

Course description

In the last stages of your PhD, it is time to broaden your professional horizon. What is your next career move after finishing my PhD? Do you want to stay in academia or take the step to corporate life? Which competences do you need (to develop) to succeed in your current and/or future job? How can you reach your career goals in a more effective way?

A Career Assessment can assist you in answering these questions. It consists of different questionnaires that measure skills, competences, strengths and weaknesses, career values and team roles.
A career coach will give personal advice, based on the results of these tests. The career assessment also provides the opportunity to start working on a (career) action plan.
Depending on the results, candidates can be advised to follow certain training or workshop that will help in improving necessary skills, or attend personal coaching sessions.

For PhD candidates that have already taken the assessment at the start of their PhD, the results of this assessment will also be taken into account in the career assessment. The assessment coach will look into progress made on points of attention that were mentioned in the first assessment. 

General Information

Target Group: Primarily meant for PhD's from the third year onwards
Group size: Individual
Course duration: Time to fill in questionnaires and one meeting of approx. 1,5 hours
Language: Dutch or English
Credit points: 0.3 ECTS
Self-study hours 2
Name lecturer: Jessica Tummers
Venue: Dreijenlaan 2, Wageningen

Programme and Expected Results

You will be asked to hand in your curriculum vitae in advance.
After registration you will receive the questionnaires and will be asked to return these to Meijer en Meijaard.
Within two weeks after completing the questionnaires you will be invited for a personal meeting of 1.5-2 hours.
You will receive a test report before the meeting.
After the personal meeting you will receive a final rapport with conclusions and recommendations.

Expected results

This Career Assessment gives PhD's insight in:

  • Their personal skills, competencies, strengths and weaknesses
  • Future career possibilities based on personal skills and competences
  • In what needs to be developed and how to do so


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)

€ 175,-
2) Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 350,-

Cancellation condition

Before making the tests, cancellation fee is free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the full (not reduced) fee. 
Note: 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.


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