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* How to get into the German job market (Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs+)

09.-10. January 2023

Time: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Trainers: Dr. Anne Löchte, Dr. Philippa Cook
Language: English
Qualification Area: Professional orientation: before, during and after the doctorate
Registration: 01 December 2022 until 02 January 2023
Deregistration: until 02 January 2023

for members of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School via BayDOC
for Postdocs+ (= postdocs, habilitation candidates and junior professors (with and without tenure track) & junior research group leaders between habilitation and junior professorship) via WiN-UBT portal

For PhD-holders with an international background, it can be a real challenge to get into the German job market at the end of a doctoral or post-doc position. The entry routes into jobs are not always transparent, candidates are often not well-informed about what to expect in the application process and not everyone can offer German language skills. Where and how you can look for a job outside classic academia depends on your qualifications and skills set, on your individual life situation as well as on knowing about possible entry paths, the (unwritten) rules of the game and other additional parameters. This workshop offers assistance with this and will encourage participants not just to prepare for this transition in a focused way but to create an action plan which they can implement.
The workshop has four components:

  • 1. Developing a profile: What can I do and where do I want to work with that? Special emphasis is placed on seeing an international background as an additional strength.  
  • 2. Information about the landscape of the German job market for international PhD-holders: which areas of work are attractive, what are the legal requirements concerning residence and employment, what are the limits and possibilities in your job search, what ways are there of entering a profession?
  • 3. Planning the next steps: Which factors do I need to consider in planning my next steps (German language skills, how long do I envisage staying in Germany etc.?) 
  • 4. Empowerment: Drawing on numerous case studies of international PhD-holders who have successfully entered the German job market, strategies for success will be highlighted. Participants will gain the confidence to get started and concretize their next steps! 

Qualification Goals
In this workshop participants

  • learn the vital facts about possibilities and challenges that international PhD-holders face in the German job market 
  • create their own qualification-based profile and can develop their ideas about different career options 
  • are inspired to let their international background strengthen their profile 
  • will be empowered by case-studies of numerous international PhD-holders who have already successfully entered the German job market  


  • Dr. Philippa Cook works as a trainer with a focus on international PhD-candidates and PhD-holders. She has an international background herself – born and raised in England – and worked in research and teaching in German academia for several years before she became a trainer.
  • Dr. Anne Löchte is what you might nowadays call a “Biodeutsche” – born and raised in Berlin – but she has lived, studied and worked in England and Canada. She works as a coach and career advisor with a focus on the transfer of PhD students from academia into the non-academic job market.

*Creditability within the kick-off seminar

For reasons of respect and fairness towards all participants and the workshop leaders, participants who miss more than 10% of the workshop are considered not to be present. You will therefore not receive a certificate and you will not be able to use the workshop in question to unlock funds or acquire further qualifications.

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Dipl.-Ing. Iris Hetz

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