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Advice on how to look for a job.

Régis Quélavoine, Director of Operations at European Patent Office, second largest European institution and major employer of PhDs

Régis Quélavoine, PhD in computer science and Director of Operations in Mobility and Mechatronics at the European Patent Office (EPO) answered our questions during the 2018 edition of the Crossborder Postdoctoriales organized in Luxembourg last December. In this interview, he presented the job opportunities at the EPO and gave advice for PhDs wishing to pursue a career outside public research.

How I defined my career plan step by step

Defining your career plan is never easy. It takes time, requires a lot of introspection and network. Here is the testimonial of a doctorate holder who went through different steps and many questions before finding her way.

 

Be the recruiter’s Christmas tree!

We are only a few days away from Christmas and your tree sits in your living room. Perhaps you had trouble deciding which tree would be best suited to your space. Indeed, choosing a tree is not an exact science and your family certainly does not have the same vision of the ideal tree as you do. Sometimes you choose a tree that doesn't look like the one you originally imagined.

All this can also happen during the recruitment process: it's time to turn yourself into the recruiter's Christmas tree!

Medical writing according to Elodie PAUWELS, PhD in genetics

Medical writer is a communication profession, accessible to people with a solid scientific background. It is therefore a "natural" option for PhDs interested in a career far from the bench, but not so far from research.

Met during a Career Afterwork, organized by the MAASCC (the career development center for scientists at Pasteur Institute), Elodie Pauwels, PhD in genetics, agreed to answer our questions. With her 5 years experience as medical writer, she shares with us her background, her experience and sheds light on this profession in this ABG interview.

Do as Jonathan Livingston the Gull did, fly on your own

Author: Bérénice Kimpe

Have you ever read "Jonathan Livingstone the Gull", Richard Bach's tale about boldness and freedom? It is the story of a seagull that is convinced that it can do something other than what it is intended to do. It will never stop pushing its limits to continue to progress and above all find its way.

Beyond a simple summer reading, Jonathan’s story is a pretty tale about personal development, as you will see.

What recruiters truly have in mind

Vincent MIGNOTTE - Executive Director

Recruitment processes can differ considerably from one company to another: resumes screened by people or by computers, interviews held one-on-one or with multiple applicants/multiple interviewers, “assessment center” formats or shortlisting by a head-hunter for presentation to the company…

ABG tower, this is PhD, Descent and landing instructions [PART 3]!

B. Kimpe


You’re a doctoral candidate and you’re thinking about going abroad? Roger that. But have you anticipated the different steps of your mobility? No? Then here are some practical advices to guide you like air traffic control with airplanes.

At the end of [PART 2], your mobility experience has reached its cruising pace, professionally and humanely ... Weeks, months, pass and the time to consider your return is finally drawing near. This symbolic flight begins thus preparing to land.

Here's a checklist of good practices for a smooth and efficient return.

ABG tower, this is PhD, taxi clearance and take-off instructions, over! [PART 2]

B. Kimpe


You’re a doctoral candidate and you’re thinking about going abroad? Roger that. But have you anticipated the different steps of your mobility? No? Then here are some practical advices to guide you like air traffic control with airplanes.

After the questionning and shaping of yourself and your professional project in [PART 1], this week let's focus on preparations... What actions do you need to take so as to experiment mobility in the best
possible conditions ?

ABG tower, this is PhD, taxi clearance and take-off instructions, over! [PART 1]

O. Benfaida



You’re a doctoral candidate and you’re thinking about going abroad? Roger that. But have you anticipated the different steps of your mobility? No? Then here are some practical advices to guide you like air traffic control with airplanes.

This first part focuses on how to design and prepare your mobility project. In other words, a detailed checklist to get yourself ready ... so fasten your belts!

Excerpts from ESOF 2016: get a job in industry

Sarah Blackford, Academic and science career consultant

ESOF 2016

What better way for PhD students and researchers to find out how to get a job in industry than to ask employers and careers adviser professionals directly? In a face-to-face 'Question Time' career session during the ESOF 2016 conference last July, the 'Fish Bowl' format of 'Life after a PhD' enabled participants to do just that. With a line-up of speakers from six European countries, representing large and small international companies, recruitment and career professional agencies, including ABG, the audience was in good hands.

5 tricks to give a great pitch

Ludovic Fery

concours pitch
From Ted worldwide conference program to the Australian “Three minute thesis” contest which became the “Ma thèse en 180 secondes” challenge in France, more and more opportunities exist to pitch science.

But pitching isn’t rocket science and, just like any other kind of public talks, the main key to success is preparation. To help you on the way, here are 5 tricks that would work on any audience.

   © Florian Pircher - Pixabay

Did you know that a splash could be useful for your personal development?

Bérénice Kimpe - International Cooperation

It is summertime, the weather is hot. You are at your desk. You are angry because your boss did (once again) a not so nice remark about your work. You have one thing in mind: leaving the office and jumping in a pool to cool off.
But going for a splash is much more than just about cooling off!

5 steps to network efficiently at a conference

Ludovic Fery

Working in the science/research field means that you will have plenty of events to attend, either meetings with a general audience like cocktails and conferences or the more traditional scientific meetings where you have the opportunity to present a poster or give a talk. So, if you want to rock your next networking event, just follow the guide!

ABC-advice for PhDs looking for a job outside academia (last part)

Bérénice Kimpe - International Cooperation

All good things come to an end... Here is the last part of our alphabet series: U-Z. Enjoy!

ABC-advice for PhDs looking for a job outside academia (part 4)

Bérénice Kimpe - International Cooperation

For each letter of the alphabet, you will find one piece of advice. Today, let's discover the part 4 of the series.

Itchy to go abroad? Put your motivations and constraints in the light!

Catherine Gayda & Bérénice Kimpe - International office

Jean-Michel Romann is Head of The Group Mobility Department at EDF. Twenty five people are working in this department to manage the different international mobility steps for 650 expatriates. Mr Romann will adress the challenges of an international mobility for all the stakeholders: the employee, his family  and the company.

ABC-advice for PhDs looking for a job outside academia (part 3)

Bérénice Kimpe - International Cooperation

Today, the third part of the alphabet series: K to N. Enjoy!

ABC-advice for PhDs looking for a job outside academia (part 2)

Bérénice Kimpe - International cooperation

We continue with the second part of the ABC-advice! Today, let’s have a look at the letters F to J: enjoy!

ABC-advice for PhDs looking for a job outside academia

Bérénice Kimpe - International Cooperation

For each letter of the alphabet, you will find one piece of advice. Today, let's discover what's behind the 5 first letters!

Networking – the holiday version

Bérénice Kimpe - Franco-German branch office ABG-FGU

Here we are, summer has finally arrived and it’s holiday season. If you have decided to travel, you may have visited Tripadvisor to find your accommodation, your flight, some restaurants or to get an idea about your future destination. There is nothing better than knowing the opinion of people who already stayed where you will (probably) spend your holidays: this can save you from disappointment and frustration.

Concerning professional development, your professional Tripadvisor is your network. By approaching professionals of a certain sector or with a distinct profession, you can specify your professional destination.

The Job Interview – An Obstacle Race!

Bérénice Kimpe

Let’s take a step back in time, to your high school days. It’s Friday 2 pm, PE. Athletics is on the schedule. Among the activities – the hurdling.

Did you think it was over once you started your professional life? If so, you were wrong because it’s back now in the form of job interviews, which can be akin to an obstacle course.

Letter to the Christmas recruiter

Bérénice Kimpe - chargée de coopération "Espace germanophone"

(Pour consulter cet article en français : cliquez ici)

Do you remember the weeks before Christmas when you were a child? The excitement looking through the toys catalogue, writing your wish list for Father Christmas? The list was accompanied by a letter, explaining how good you had been during the year, and that you really were worth all the toys your heart desired.

Now, years later, Father Christmas has changed into a recruiter, and your letter into an application letter.

PhD 2.0: on the road to personal branding!

Wojciech Lewandowski - Community manager

With the widespread use of the Internet and professional networks, managing your visibility and your identity on the web is more and more important for your career. Your presence on the Internet is crucial: it will help you to be identified and recognized as an expert in your domain, to develop your network and to have access to the hidden job market. Don’t be afraid and adopt a global approach for personal branding: apply to yourself the communication methods used by big companies. Wow. Don’t panic, choosing the content is the most complicated part, not the technology!

Dear passengers, please give us five minutes of your attention. We are going to show you the career safety procedures.

Bérénice Kimpe

If you are a frequent flyer, you certainly know the safety procedures. There is always a moment where the cabin crew explains the safety procedures you have to follow in case of emergency. Theoretical emergency in fact: who may think that the respect for procedures is stronger than panic?

But have you ever thought about transposing those procedures to your own professional life?
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