What happens after the finished PhD?
What happens after the achieved docotorate? This question gets louder for doctoral researcher, the closer they are to finishing their PhD. Where can I work with my qualifications? How do I get a job which is related to the topics I studied and researched? Do I have to stick to the academic /world/ to fulfil this expectations? To what extinct is a PhD useful, in a non-university context?
Get to know the perspective of companies
Since these questions are more difficult to answer for academics in history or social sciences, the BGHS invites to an event where doctoral researchers and representatives of non-university institutions shall get into discussions. “We don’t want to do advertising for specific companies”, Melanie Eulitz, the organizer of the event explains. “It’s about offering ideas to our doctoral researchers, how a career outside the university can work.”
There will be typical economic companies, however research centers, museums, foundations and research centers will be there as well. The represented working areas reach from applied research, to history marking and work in company archives, to consulting in politics and science journalism. “You don’t have to leave science behind you, just because you leave the university”, Melanie Eulitz sums up.
Focus on discussions with organizations
The goal ist to give all doctoral representatives the opportunity to discuss their individual ideas or questions with the guests. The discussion format “World Café” shall give the chances to do so, while doctoral researchers and guests discuss statements which are common for non-university careers, like that you always need additional qualifications beside your PhD.
In this way it is possible for the doctoral researcher, to level their expectations with the non-university professional practice and eventually get a new sight for career opportunities.
The participating organizations
- Bertelsmann – Kultur und Geschichte/Cultural Affairs and Corporate History
- Claas Unternehmensarchiv
- Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW)
- Freelancing science journalist
- Institut für soziale Arbeit
- Kreismuseum Wewelsburg
- LWL-Freilichtmuseum Detmold
- LWL Kulturabteilung
Applications for the event to Melanie Eulitz via firstname.lastname@example.org
Die event in the ekVV (in German):
The whole announcement: