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After your PhD

PhD Candidates are encouraged to start thinking about job prospects well before the defence of their thesis. This page contains information about how to prepare yourself.

Many PhD graduates find employment in an academic or semi-academic environment. The majority of them successfully ventures on a career in education, administration, heritage, journalism, or business. A considerable number of them manages to gain a temporary postdoctoral position. 

The post-PhD phase is discussed during the many formal and informal meetings PhD candidates have with their supervisor. For PhD candidates in their last year, a special two-day course is available at Leiden University, offering insight into career possibilities: the Competences and motives course.

Another such course is Job interview skills for PhDs. This course aims to help PhD candidates present themselves properly in a CV,  a letter of application or an interview. For more courses on career development for PhD candidates, please visit the HRM courses website.

The career coaches at the University Career Service can also help you orient yourself towards the job market. You can contact the career advisors directly to set up a first, advisory, meeting, free of charge.

Leiden University also offers a Career Platform which is free and accessible for all young researchers. It offers extra online tools to prepare yourself for the next step in your career, like self-reflection tests, online courses and inspirational testimonials from alumni. It makes it easy to seek advice, by making an online appointment with a career advisor. The platform can be found here. You can login using your ULCN account.

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