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Career Choices: Designing your career according to your strengths and values

Academia, business and industry, the public sector or setting up one’s own business: This workshop offers guidance and space for reflection to help participants decide on the next step in their career after the completion of their PhD or the first postdoc phase. Designing a career that suites one’s personal strengths and values is an art that can be learned. During the workshop participants will assess their individual transferable skills as well as reflect on the values that – often unconsciously – guide their career decisions. By thinking about these skills and values explicitly, participants will be able to make more informed and systematic career steps. By means of classical career development tools (i.e., success stories by Richard N. Bolles) as well as methods from “Design Thinking,“ participants will also learn how to create new career plans, explore new occupational areas and keep moving forward with clarity and ease.


  • Inner compass #01: WHY - Uncovering Life's Intentions (what is really important)
  • Inner compass #02: WHAT - Uncovering Transferable skills
  • Inner compass #03: HOW - Uncovering Standards of Integrity (personal qualities)
  • Taking creative action & exploring the job market: Developing different career plans
  • Moving forward: skills for navigating uncertainty

Learning goals

  • Participants have clarity about their individual values and career motives
  • Participants know their transferable skills and are able to communicate them clearly
  • Participants know their individual personality profile
  • Participants have developed different career paths and know how to explore new job areas
  • Participants know how to navigate change and uncertainty

  • Theoretical input
  • Self-reflection
  • Small group and plenary discussions


Dr. Kerstin Mauth

Dr. Kerstin Mauth has been a freelance coach and trainer for more than five years. Before that, she worked for more than 15 years in the German academic system fulfilling different roles and functions. She thus, has a broad and deep understanding of the challenges that come both with working within the academic system as well as planning a transition to a career outside the system. Kerstin Mauth supports people in professional change processes - resource-oriented, in partnership, holistically, with humour and empathy – so that they keep their North Star in mind and experience change as an opportunity for growth. In times of increasing competition and constant change, she also supports universities and other research organizations in developing a conscious and mindful leadership culture, in which appreciative cooperation and everyone’s health are just as important as profile building and excellence in research and teaching. Her main areas of expertise are: (self) leadership, career building, mindfulness and stress reduction, self-confidence and overcoming the impostor syndrome.



Mon, Oct 14, 2024 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wed, Oct 16, 2024 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fri, Oct 18, 2024 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM



Target Group

Promovierende, Postdocs


PhD UP75 €
Postdoc UP/PNB*112.5 €
Partner institutions420 €
Extern510 €
Postdoc-Netzwerk Brandenburg (PNB): BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) und Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Type of event



Dr. Maja Starke-Liebe
Telefon +49 331 977-4569
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