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Career Development Program for Postdocs Non-Tenure-Track

Quo vadis postdoc?

As a non-ten­ure track assist­ant pro­fessor at WU, you are aware from the start of your em­ploy­ment that you will be fa­cing a ca­reer change after six years. The every­day de­mands of re­search and teach­ing, however, can make it hard to find time to make plans for your fu­ture ca­reer after you leave WU. This can lead to anxi­ety and missed op­por­tun­it­ies, espe­cially as your con­tract period draws to a close.

This is where the WU Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram comes in: We are here to help you en­vi­sion your (aca­demic) ca­reer after WU and to sup­port you in im­ple­ment­ing your plans in a timely man­ner.

Tar­get group

What can the pro­gram do for you?

What to ex­pect

Avail­able Ca­reer Devel­op­ment mod­ules at a glance

When you meet with the Per­son­nel Devel­op­ment rep­res­ent­at­ive, you will put to­gether your own, in­di­vidual ca­reer devel­op­ment pack­age in­clud­ing one, more, or all of the fol­low­ing mod­ules:

Ca­reer con­sult­ing

Ca­reer talks

Peer groups

Ap­plic­a­tion sem­inar

How can I par­ti­cip­ate?

I.If you are a non-ten­ure track assist­ant pro­fessor at WU, you will be sent a writ­ten in­vit­a­tion to par­ti­cip­ate in the Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram around two years after com­mence­ment of your em­ploy­ment. After you reply in­dic­at­ing your in­terest in the pro­gram, you will be in­vited to the start-off work­shop, which is usu­ally held each fall.

II. The start-off work­shop will provide you with some gen­eral in­form­a­tion about the pro­gram, what it’s all about and how it’s or­gan­ized, and an over­view of avail­able coaches. You’ll have the op­por­tun­ity to re­view which of the mod­ules could be most in­ter­est­ing and use­ful for you. Peer groups made up of 5-8 of your postdoc col­leagues will also be put to­gether at this time.

III. The fi­nal de­tails of your in­di­vidual Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram will then be dis­cussed at a per­sonal meet­ing between you and a rep­res­ent­at­ive from the Per­son­nel Devel­op­ment Of­fice. At this meet­ing, we will go over all the possib­il­it­ies and in­di­vidual of­fers the pro­gram provides and dis­cuss your in­di­vidual situ­ation, so that we can put to­gether a cus­tom-­tailored Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pack­age that’s right for you.

IV. The rest of your in­di­vidual Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram is mainly self-or­gan­ized. De­pend­ing on your se­lec­ted mod­ule or mod­ules, this may in­clude:

  • One-on-one ca­reer con­sult­ing (6-8 60-minute ses­sions)

  • Ca­reer talks with one or more in­di­vidu­als work­ing in your aca­demic field

  • Job ap­plic­a­tion sem­inars

  • Peer group meet­ings to help you sys­tem­at­ic­ally im­ple­ment your ac­tion plan

V. You will be is­sued a cer­ti­fic­ate after com­ple­tion of the pro­gram. To re­ceive your con­firm­a­tion cer­ti­fic­ate, you only need to com­plete a brief qual­ity con­trol sur­vey once dur­ing the pro­gram and once after com­plet­ing the pro­gram.

What do you have to do for the pro­gram?

Par­ti­cip­a­tion fees