Professional career development for PhDs and Postdocs


  • Date: Nov 23, 2017
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. Norman Gerster (Max Planck Alumni Association)
  • Location: MPI-CPfS, Dresden
Professional career development for PhDs and Postdocs
In this talk, Dr. Norman Gerster, the head of the Max Planck Alumni Association Ad Hoc Committee Career Service, will first introduce the Max Planck Alumni Association, in particular its Career Network, and then provide advice on how to find highly attractive jobs in non-academic careers.

The Max Planck Alumni Association

The Max Planck Alumni Association (MPAA) is a non-profit organization developing and sustaining a world-wide community of alumni and alumnae of the Max Planck Society.

The association is envisioned as a highly international, modern and active community promoting and supporting innovative thinking, knowledge and experience exchange, and is the largest alumni organization for a non-university research institution.

The MPAA Career Network

Imagine a pool of outstanding professionals that you could access for information, networking and recruiting. A pool of people you are already a part of, as we all share one common career pillar, the Max Planck Society. Welcome to the MPAA Career Network! The MPAA Career Network is a professional network organized by the Max Planck Alumni Association which is open to all MPAA members. In a first pilot, the MPAA Career Network is currently established as a group on LinkedIn to enable group members to network, share information, and post jobs.

Professional development for PhDs and Postdocs

The reality of engaging in a successful career in academia shakes up increasingly more PhDs and Postdocs. There is a flaw in the academic system that forces young academics to think about and find positions and careers outside of academia. It is a barrier, but there are ways to deal with it and structure one’s individual career successfully. I will discuss and present measures that help PhDs and Postdocs to build on their successful academic foundation and score jobs in highly attractive non-academic careers.

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