Applying for a post-PhD job

Objectives and content

After this workshop, the participants will be able to go through an extensive and complex application procedure.

This training offers a thorough preparation to the entire application process with an academic background, albeit not necessarily an application within academia. The course starts with an analysis of job ads, linked to self-assessment to facilitate an efficient application. Afterwards, we have a critical look at the participants’ own cover letters and cv’s and discuss which are attractive to future employers. Thereby, we draw up some ground rules for efficient writing. The final part of the course tackles the job interview itself: the elaborate preparation (getting to know the company and the discussion partners), a persuasive execution of the interview itself (introducing yourself, dealing with (tricky) questions, asking questions yourself, negotiating pay, proper business attire, body language) and the follow-up. Each session will dedicate plenty of time to individual problem areas of the participants. The course materials have been developed based on scientific research on application procedures and have been adapted to our target audience – the doctoral students.

Required prior knowledge

Advanced knowledge of English.

Course materials

Doctoral students who are affiliated with the Doctoral Schools can only enter via the Doctoral Schools Support Unit (

UCT course book. You will receive this course book from your teacher in class.

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