Career Development Program for Postdocs Tenure-Track
Quo vadis postdoc?
As an assistant professor with a qualification agreement (QA), you already know what you are expected to achieve over the coming years in terms of research, teaching, and administration in order to be given a permanent contract as an associate professor at WU. The Career Development program is intended to help you reach your targets in these three areas and to provide a solid foundation for your future role as an associate professor.
The program also focuses on the following aspects to provide the best possible support for you in your academic career:
Individual questions about your qualification phase and further steps in your academic career •Building peer networks
Establishing contact with key WU faculty and staff members to provide a better insight into WU’s goals, strategies, and decision-making processes
Learning about structures and career-related processes in academia
Creating awareness for relevant, interdisciplinary skill areas and topics
Professionalization of application-related skills
Our Career Development Program is aimed at all WU post-docs in tenure track positions. You are eligible for the program as soon as you have entered into a Qualification or Development Agreement and this Agreement comes into effect.
What can the program do for you?
The goals set for you in your QA and the resulting challenges are highly individual. To make sure our program really meets your specific needs, we meet with you for a personal consultation to put together your individual, custom-tailored Career Development package.
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 that can include the following modules:
At peer coaching sessions, moderated by an external coach, participants talk about individual QA-related questions and career-specific challenges in a confidential setting. This program element gives you the opportunity to discuss what you know and have experienced with regard to fulfilling QA requirements with your colleagues and to build up and strengthen your peer network. The group decides on the topics to be covered and plans the sessions (date, time, duration, etc.). For a fruitful and productive exchange, we recommend regularly scheduled sessions every 10-12 weeks.
The coaching sessions focus on individual positioning and on topics relevant to your career. Working with an external coach, you will reflect on and clarify your own professional plans and goals. You and your coach will carefully analyze your skills, portfolio, and current situation and compare them to your defined goals with regard to your further career path (at WU or elsewhere, if applicable).
Up to six 60-minute sessions can be booked with a coach of your choice from the pool of available Career Development trainers.
Questions and issues that come up in the peer coaching sessions can be discussed in detail and answered by selected internal or external experts. The talks provide insights into areas relevant to you as an assistant professor and familiarize you with strategies (teaching, research, organizational) and important key people at WU.
Here you can find an overview of our already scheduled workshops.
Custom workshops can be planned and implemented according to your specific wishes and needs; minimum no. of participants: 5
How do I Participate?
I.As soon as you have entered into a qualification agreement (QA) and this agreement has taken effect, the Personnel Planning and Development Office will send you a written invitation to participate in the Career Development program. After you reply by email indicating your interest in the program, you will be invited to a personal consultation with a representative of the Personnel Development Office.
II. At your personal consultation, you will be given some general information about the program, what it’s all about and how it’s organized, and an overview of available coaches. We will go over all the options and individual offers the program provides and discuss your individual needs. After this exchange, we will put together your individual Career Development package.
To help you get started with your personal Career Development program as soon as possible, you will be asked to fill out a brief online profile that will be sent out to all members of your peer group, with your consent. This gives the other assistant professors some initial information about you so that you can get off to an optimal start at the next available peer coaching session.
III. Your further participation in the program is then mainly self-organized. In addition to the regularly scheduled peer coaching sessions, you have the option of attending
ExpertTalks organized by you and your peer group
Individual career coaching (up to six 60-minute sessions)
Application seminars and other selected workshops
IV. You will be issued a certificate after completion of the program. To receive your confirmation certificate, you need to have attended the agreed-upon program elements, and we ask you to assist us with our quality control by joining us for a brief final evaluation.
What do you have to do for the program?
As a participant in the program, you agree to complete the measures discussed in your personal consultation in the scope and time frame laid down with the Personnel Development Office.
Peer coaching is at the heart of the whole program. To make sure that both the group and you as an individual get the most out of it, you are expected to participate in at least four consecutive peer coaching sessions. It takes a certain amount of time to build up the necessary trust within the group required for an open and fruitful exchange.
Like for other continuing education programs offered by the Personnel Development Office, you will be billed a deductible of € 20 for each seminar day or individual training session. You can either pay this yourself, or talk to your supervisor to find out if your academic unit will take over the costs.