Online Workshop: Career Planning for PhD Students (neuer Termin!)

Kursbereich 4: »Überfachliche Qualifikation«

Target Group

PhD students of all research areas


The academic career has clearly defined stages, but planning it strategically is difficult. It requires many years of scientific work - and yet the title of professor is not a given. This makes it more important to be clear about the opportunities and disadvantages, as well as alternative career paths.

A career in science is the peak of all career ambitions, especially for high-achieving university graduates. But how likely is it to ultimately get a professorship? That is the most urgent question that young scientists ask themselves at the latest after their PhD if they plan a career in science.

In this class, we’ll look at different paths you can take:

  • your path towards professorship
  • alternative path within science
  • career path outside of science
  • entrepreneurship and other non-traditional path for scientists

By using tools such as scenario planning, ikigai and other career planning tools, you’ll get a hands-on approach to creating different options for your future career and how to start working on them right now.


Robert Kötter is the author of “Design Your Life”, a best-selling book on career planning. A scientist himself, he has given workshops for universities for over 15 years and is the founder of Twentyone Skills, the learning hub for science. He has tried many different jobs, from Buddhist monk or bio-dynamic farming to working on a cruise ship before realizing that helping others with their career planning is the career for himself. He lives with his family in Cologne.


  • 9 November 2022, 13:00 - 16:00 h (Part I)
  • 22 November 2022, 13:00 - 16:00 h (Part II)


Please register via the »Graduates Virtual Campus«:

Bemerkung zum Termin:
Eine Woche vor Kursbeginn erhalten Sie den Einwahl-Link für die Veranstaltung. Melden Sie sich über das GRS-Kursportal an.


Robert Rode
ZE Graduate Research School (GRS)
T +49 (0) 355 69-3479