This year we tried our best to create a diverse selection of the most educational, interesting and exciting workshops we could find. Below you can find the description of every one of them.
The four workshops run in a parallel manner, so that every visitor gets the chance of visiting two. The workshops have a limited capacity and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis! Be sure to register as soon as possible here for tickets, so that a spot will be guaranteed.
1. Self-Analysis for Career Development
Are you unclear on what kind of job will suit you, what you are passionate about, or what is possible with your educational background? In this workshop, we will explore these questions to find out what is in your wheelhouse. By consciously and actively engaging with these themes, you will find out what it is you really want. An experienced career coach will encourage you to look at different aspects of yourself and your life to extract information for your future. By mapping your interests, capabilities, motives and career values, you will determine what is (most) important to you. After that, we will consider the jobs, organizations and tasks that fit your preferences. After this workshop, you will continue your job search with more self-knowledge and more self-confidence.
2. Exploring the Job Market & Networking
The job market offers innumerable possibilities. In this workshop you will learn how to get a better understanding of organizations and positions. We will look at the ways employers look for employees, so you can anticipate their needs as you look for a job. You will learn how to track jobs and vacancies. You will also learn how to use and improve the networks you belong to. It makes sense to bear your preferences, qualities, and drives in mind as you explore the job market. To do that, you need a clear picture of what criteria your future job has to meet. If you don't have that yet, we recommend you take the “Self-analysis for Career Development” workshop first. You could also look into some jobs that interest you and formulate criteria based on those. When you complete this workshop, you will better understand how to approach the job market and will be more aware of the potential of your own network. As a result, you will approach prospective employers with greater confidence.
3. REVIEW: Reflecting & Evaluating Values
Implicit in Education in the Workplace
Each lab, research group or working place has its own ‘culture’, with its own norms, values and attitudes (‘this is how we always do it in our lab’). When trained as a student in a certain lab or group you may not always be aware of this culture or ‘hidden curriculum’. However, as a future scientist (or professional in a different field) it is important to be aware and be critical about these unwritten rules and reflect on them. In this workshop we will considered the hidden curriculum (the transfer of implicit norms and values, as a result of interpretation of behaviour), acquire experience with a reflection tool to make perception of transferred culture visible, and discuss methods to apply this tool to facilitate reflection and dialogue on the actual and desirable culture in the group.
4. Neurotech Entrepreneurship
Are you interested in launching your own neurotech start-up? In this workshop you will learn about current trends in the European neurotech startup scene, how neurotechnology is being translated from lab to market, and the steps and measures you can take in order to build your own neurotech startup. You will be presented with examples of promising neurotech startups, how the founders of these companies developed their idea into a startup, and an overview of the current jobs in the neurotech startup scene. After this workshop, you will better understand the neurotech market, the availability of job prospects within it, and the necessary steps in order to launch your own startup.
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Marinus Ruppert Building, Leuvenlaan 21, Utrecht Science Park, Utrecht, The Netherlands